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Pathways is FCIP and the so called Outstanding Scholar Program on steroids. Once Pathways is in place the MSPB and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is going to have to address whether it provides managers a means to evade hiring veterans. We have a long way to go.


Thank you for the blog entry.

As indicated in the proposed Pathways Programs regulations, to be eligible for the Recent Graduates Program, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for Veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree completion). At this time, there is no provision to account for individuals who have received their degree or certificate over two years prior to the implementation date of the Pathways Programs. Please note: the Pathways Programs regulations have not been finalized, and are subject to change until published.


While some Recent Graduates could be affected by the two-year application time frame, they are still able to apply to entry-level positions via the competitive process or other hiring authorities as applicable, including those for Veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Ms. Rogers,

Thank you for the blog entry.

As indicated in the proposed Pathways Programs regulations, OPM will provide written guidance for the orderly transition of employees currently appointed as students under E.O. 13562 (Student Educational Employment Program) to the Pathways Program under E.O. 13562 and may revise that guidance as necessary.  

Contact your HR department for details about your current eligibility.

When the new Proposed Internship Program comes into effect in a few months, will all of the STEP/SCEP students be immediately transferred over to the new program? I am a STEP student and am in my fourth year of work in my current position. In December 2011 I will have graduated with an associate's and a bachelor's degree (not related) since working as a STEP student. I have fluctuated between full time and part time depending on my study workload. I am interested in being converted to a permanent position in the government and have read that at the completion of the Internship Program, a noncompetitive change to a permanent position is allowed. If I meet the qualifications of a completed Proposed Internship program student at the time the program comes into affect, am I eligible for the noncompetitive change to a permanent position? Thanks.

I started navigating my way and applying for positions through the previous Federal Career Intern Program just before that program was terminated in December 2010. The new Pathways Program seems to identify recent college graduates as those who have graduated in the past 2 years. Unfortunately for me, by the time the new Pathways Program is implemented I will be out of school for almost 3 years. I missed an entire 5-6 month window (while I was still out of school less for less than 2 years) to apply for positions because the old program was in the process of being closed. I hope that the Pathways program will be flexible enough to recognize this and allow individuals like myself to apply as recent college graduates. Given the circumstance, will I still be able to apply as a recent college graduate?

Mr. Cee,

Thank you for the blog entry and thank you sir for your service.

The federal government has a long and proud history of hiring Veterans and while you didn't get this position, we encourage you to continue to apply for the positions that interest you.

Of note, as it relates to your concerns about specialized experience, in all federal hiring any applicant for any position must first meet the qualifications for that position and once an applicant has been determined to be qualified, any hiring preferences (Vets, etc.) he/she may have are then applied.

I hope this has been helpful.

Several months ago, I applied for a position as a 10 point Vet for a position that I believed I was qualified for and provided the prerequisite (and what I believed adequate) documentation. While my account on still lists my application status as "Application Complete", nearly 90 days later, my application package has not been formerly reviewed for referral/non-referral to HR for consideration. Several days ago, after numerous inquiries to the agency representative, I finally received an email informing me that the position had been filled and that I was not considered because my resume did not reflect the "Special Requirements" requirements for the job, though there were no special requirements listed beyond the "Duties" description. While I believe initial reviews to be subjective, I believe I adequately addressed each area of the duty requirements listed in the Job Announcement in my application package, which included my resume, Qualifications Letter, online questionnaire and with the supporting documentation. In essence, my Veterans' Employment benefit was ignored without even being considered. After retiring from active duty, I worked as a defense contractor embedded in and working directly for the military in positions that were converted from active duty military positions to contractor positions to save government $$. Upon applying for the aforementioned civil service position, my resume was (as of this posting) deemed to not have the "Specialized Experience" necessary for a nearly identical position I had filled as a contractor for nearly 14 years. The grievance process in my situation is a gray area. I cannot question the decision of the reviewer, but I do not feel that credit is being given to Vets who have only known the military when civilians are doing the evaluations. I have filed a grievance with VETS, but do not expect anything to change, since the selectee is undoubtedly on the job and working now and I will be told that each agency works within its own framework, even if that framework is contrary to reforms outlined by the President. But if I "trusted" the new and improved system, according to my application status on USAJOBS,my account is still pending initial review. The system is not favorable to Vets!

Yes, you may be able to take advantage of all that the SCEP program has to offer.

To find information on SCEP opportunities, you may search or contact agencies directly to inquire about “Student Opportunities”.

Please contact your human resources office for information on moving from your career job to a student (SCEP) job.

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