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Frequently Asked Questions Training

Can an agency pay for training for a political appointee (Schedule C appointments)?

Yes.  An agency can pay for training for a political appointee.  Supervisors of political appointees must approve training for these employees when it:

  • Meets the definition of training in 5 USC chapter 41, and
  • Will provide a demonstrable return to the department/agency during the tenure of the employee.

Political appointees may not participate in academic degree programs (5 USC 4107(b)(3)).

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