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Appointment

In most cases you are selected for a position with the Federal Government through one of several types of appointments: career-conditional, career, time-limited (temporary or term), or excepted. The type of appointment you hold determines your eligibility for reinstatement into the federal service if you should decide to leave. All appointments with the Federal Government are subject to background investigations.

Permanent Appointments
 
Career Conditional Appointments: A career conditional appointment is a permanent appointment that leads to career tenure after completion of 3 years of continuous service. 
 
Career-conditional employees are eligible for promotions and within-grade increases (WGIs) and benefits (provided they work full-time, part-time or a seasonal work schedule. Under a career-conditional appointment, you must complete a 1 year probationary period. 

Employees who do not have veteran’s preference or who did not complete 3 years of continuous service, and who leave their government jobs while under career-conditional appointments have reinstatement eligibility for 3 years from their date of separation.
 
Career-conditional employees are eligible for benefits including: health benefits, life insurance, retirement plan, annual and sick leave, and participation in the Thrift Saving Plan.
 
Career Appointments: Employees who have complete 3 years without a break in service under career-conditional appointments acquire career tenure and are converted to career appointments. If they leave the federal service as a career employee, they have reinstatement eligibility for life.
 
Career employees are eligible for benefits including: health benefits, life insurance, retirement plan, annual and sick leave, and participation in the Thrift Saving Plan.
 
Temporary Appointments
 
Term Appointments: Term appointments are used to fill temporary employment needs for a project. Term appointments are made fore a period of more than 1 year and may be extended up to 4 years. The appointment may be terminated at any time upon written notice.
 
Term employees are eligible for within-grade increases. Term employees are also eligible for benefits including: health benefits, life insurance, retirement plan, annual and sick leave, and participation in the Thrift Saving Plan, provided they work a full-time, part-time or seasonal work schedule.
 
Service under a Term appointment does not confer eligibility for reinstatement.
 
Temporary Appointments: Temporary appointments are used to fill short-term employment needs of an organization.   Temporary appointments are made for periods not to exceed 1 year but may be extended for one additional year. Temporary appointments may be terminated at any time upon written notice. General Service (GS) temporary employees are not eligible for promotions or within-grade increase. Wage Grade (WG) temporary employees are eligible for within-grade increase. 
 
Temporary employees are eligible for annual and sick leave.
 
Temporary employees are normally not eligible for benefits.
 
Service under temporary appointment does not confer eligibility for reinstatement.
 
Student Appointments
 
Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) Appointments: SCEP appointments is an excepted appointment for a student enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree (diploma or certificate) seeking student with at least a half-time academic /vocational/technical course load in an accredited high school, technical, or vocational school, two or four year college or university, graduate or professional school. A SCEP employee must maintain a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for the program. Under SCEP, a student may be non-competitively converted from the excepted service into the competitive service to a permanent position after satisfactory completion of educational and work requirements.
 
SCEP employees are eligible for benefits including: health benefits, life insurance, retirement plan, annual and sick leave, and participation in the Thrift Saving Plan.
 
Service under the SCEP appointment does not confer eligibility for reinstatement, unless your are converted to a permanent appointment.
 
Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) Appointments: STEP appointments are temporary appointments for a degree seeking student with at least a half-time academic / vocational / technical course load in an accredited high school, technical, or vocational school, two or four year college or university, graduate or professional school. A STEP does not need to be working in the field that they are seeking a degree in. STEP appointments are not to exceed 1 year but may be extended noncompetitively 1 year at a time while the student is enrolled in school. STEP appointees must maintain a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for the program. A STEP may be converted to a SCEP appointment and work in his or her academic field.
 
STEP employees are eligible for annual and sick leave.
 
STEP employees are normally not eligible for benefits.
 
Service under temporary appointment does not confer eligibility for reinstatement.