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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

Pathways Program:

Internship Program

The Internship Program replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). This Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service. Additional information about the Internship Program can be found at USAJOBS

Recent Graduates Program

The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, 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 have up to six years after degree completion to apply). Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. The program lasts for 1 year (unless the training requirements of the position warrant a longer and more structured training program).

More information about student appointments can be found HERE.

Service under temporary appointment does not confer eligibility for reinstatement.