Q: I am one of many applicants who have passed all pre-employment requirements for a federal job under FCIP. (written exam, polygraph, drug test, oral board interview, etc.) I’ve been in the running for this position for more than a year. What happens to all of us current applicants who are ready for hiring? OPM says they’ll probably just drop all of us, which would mean we would have to start all over again. The federal government has spent a significant amount of money to get us to this point. Why can’t we just get into the FLETC under career conditional?

A: According to OPM, “By Executive Order 13562, Dec. 30, 2010, President Obama revoked E.O. 13162, Federal Career Intern Program (FCIP) effective March 1, 2011. All current FCIP employees should have been converted to permanent competitive service positions effective March 1, 2011. Additionally, no new appointments may be made under the FCIP authority (5 CFR 213.3202(o)) as of March 1, 2011.”


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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