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    Wage Grade is the term used to describe non-supervisory Federal Wage System (FWS) employees. Wage Supervisors are supervisory FWS employees.  
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  • To cancel an application submitted to an agency, contact the agency directly, using the contact information provided in the job opportunity announcement.
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  • Special non-competitive appointing authorities are established by law or Executive Order.  Veterans, persons with disabilities, many current and former Federal employees, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals eligible for noncompetitive appointment. For more information click Hiring Authorities.

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  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs), or Competencies are the attributes required to perform a job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or training. Knowledge is a body of information applied directly to the performance of a function. Skill is an observable competence to perform a learned psychomotor act. Ability is competence to perform an observable behavior or a behavior that results in an observable product.
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  • There are a number of online questionnaires that are used by agencies. The agency will include instructions in the “How To Apply” section for entering and saving the information. Normally, you will save and send the questionnaire by selecting a “Submit” button at the bottom of the page. If the assessment system allows saving a partially completed questionnaire, instructions will be provided on how to accomplish this.
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  • Visit USAJOBS and select “Search Jobs”. Type in “part-time” in the keyword search box and answer the “Applicant Eligibility” question at the bottom of the screen. Then click on “Search for Jobs”. If there are part-time positions on the USAJOBS system, then those positions should appear. Click on the position titles to see the full text job opportunity announcement and follow the instructions under “How to Apply”.
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  • Being an ex-offender does not prevent you from obtaining Federal Employment. OPM or the hiring agency considers your criminal conduct in determining your suitability but there are no general prohibitions against hiring you. We consider a number of relevant factors such as the duties of the positions you have applied for, the nature and recency of the misconduct, and any evidence of rehabilitation.

    Although there are no general prohibitions against employing you in the Federal Government, there are some regulations which will prohibit you from working in certain positions if you have a specific conviction. The most common situation involves being convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes under Federal or State law. These persons are “prohibited from employment in any position requiring the individual: to ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms or ammunition” (Public Law 1-4-208 Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997.)

    Other statutory or regulatory debarments exist, but are rarely applicable. They cover debarment from Federal employment from such offenses as treason, inciting rebellion against the U.S., willful and unlawful destruction of public records, or knowingly and willfully advocating the overthrow of the U.S. Government.

    It is important for you to provide all the required information about your criminal record when you apply for Federal employment. Then, either OPM or the employing agency can determine early if a specific prohibition exists.
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  • Veterans’ Preference gives special consideration to eligible veterans looking for federal employment. Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over nonveterans both in hiring into the federal civil service and in retention during reductions in force.
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    Application Status from the My Accounts tab from the USAJOBS home page.  
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    You must have your correct username or email address and password to access your account. Click the "My Account" tab at the top of the page. On the right hand side of the page below "Log In", click the "Did You Forget Your Username or Password" link and follow the prompts. If further assistance is needed after following the prompts, click Contact Us. If you've only forgotten your username, you can use the email address associated with your account to log in. Simply enter your email address in the field provided for your username. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, click the My USAJOBS tab at the top of the page. On the right hand side of the page below "Log In", click the "Did You Forget Your Username or Password" link and follow the prompts. If further assistance is needed after following the prompts, click Contact Us.
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