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Frequently Asked Questions Employment

Why have I not heard anything back after applying? How long does it take to hear from an agency after I have applied?

The Office of Management and Budget has mandated that agencies are responsible for evaluating and providing status to applicants at four points which are:


Application Received

Application Assessed

Applicant Referred or Not Referred to Selection Official

Applicant Selected or Not Selected


Although each agency is different, generally, you will hear from the hiring agency in about 15-30 days after the job opportunity announcement (JOA) closes.  If you have not heard from the agency, you should contact the agency that posted the JOA to inquire about the status of your application. You may also go to "My Account" to view your application history. 

The contact information for each announcement is listed in the lower portion of the JOA and also on the floating menu on the right hand side of the JOA.  If the JOA has closed and no longer appears on the USAJOBS® website, you can contact the human resources office of the hiring agency for additional information and assistance or feel free to click on Contact Us.

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