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Frequently Asked Questions Policy on Political Appointees

Does OPM’s pre-hiring review apply to a current political appointee who held a career Federal job in the past and is eligible for reinstatement?

It depends.  OPM will not conduct a pre-hiring review if an agency wants to non-competitively select a current or former political appointee for reinstatement to a Federal job at the same or lower grade than previously held.  However, OPM will review the proposed selection of a current or former political appointee who is competing for a career Federal job at a higher grade or with greater promotion potential than the career job previously held.

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