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Individuals, who previously held a career or career-conditional appointment with the Federal government, may be eligible for reinstatement, which allows reentry to the Federal competitive service workforce without competing with the public. Reinstatement eligibles can also apply for Federal jobs open only to status or merit promotion candidates.
There is no time limit on eligibility for those who:
Non-veterans' preference eligibles who separated from civil service as a career-conditional employee may be reinstated within three years after the date of separation. Reinstatement eligibility may be extended by certain activities that occur during the three-year period after separation from your last career or career-conditional appointment, those activities include:
The following are general rules:
For more information on Qualifications, please visit http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/
A Federal agency cannot discriminate against an employee or applicant with respect to the terms, conditions or privileges of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other factor that is not related to job performance. Discrimination on these bases is prohibited by one or more of the following statutes: 5 U.S.C. 2302(b)(1), (b)(10); 29 U.S.C. 206(d); 29 U.S.C. 633a; 29 U.S.C. 791; and 42 U.S.C. 200e-16.
If you believe that you have been the victim of unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin or disability, you must contact an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) counselor within 45 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory action, or, in the case of a personnel action, within 45 calendar days of the effective date of the action, before you can file a formal complaint of discrimination with your agency. See, e.g. 29 CFR 1614.
If you believe that you have been the victim of unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, you must either contact an EEO counselor as noted above or give notice of intent to sue to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory action. For further information, check the EEOC's website at www.eeoc.gov.
If you are alleging discrimination based on marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other factor that is not related to job performance, you may file a written complaint with the United States Office of Special Counsel (www.osc.gov).
In the alternative, you may pursue a discrimination complaint by filing a grievance through your agency's administrative or negotiated grievance procedures, if such procedures apply and are available.
When you leave the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) you are granted a one-year period to be non-competitively appointed to a normally competitive Federal position. The hiring agency may extend the non-competitive eligibility period for 2 additional years to a total of 3 years if the individual, after the qualifying service, is in the military service; is studying at a recognized institution of higher learning; or has been involved in another activity which, in the agency's view, warrants an extension. This eligibility does not entitle volunteers to a Federal position.
Upon completing service with the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps VISTA, you are provided a certification of non-competitive eligibility for Federal jobs. Former volunteers should note their Peace Corps or AmeriCorps VISTA service in their résumé and provide the Description of Service as an attachment.
A term appointment is an appointment lasting more than one year but less than four years, with a specific expiration date. Reasons for utilizing a term appointment include:
Rating is a comparison of a candidate’s experience or education against OPM requirements to determine if the candidate is minimally qualified for a series or occupation.
Ranking is a comparison of candidate’s experience and/or education against specifically determined factors, for the purpose of determining which is best qualified for a specific job.
For more information, visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-authorities/competitive-hiring/#url=Category-Rating
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