Temp employee applying for internal position


Q. I am a temp employee and recently applied for an internal position. After being interviewed and referral phone calls made, I have now been told that I am ineligible to apply because it is an internal position. I need to apply for external positions only. I thought that even a temp federal employee should be considered internal. What is the truth?

A. What you were told is correct. Because temporary and term employees do not have status, they may not apply for permanent appointments through agency internal merit promotion procedures, which are used for filling positions from the ranks of current and former permanent federal employees.


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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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