Browsing: Hiring and placement

Q: I have 18 years of service under FERS. I may be offered a job with the Federal Reserve Board. Would this be considered a federal position as far as pension/benefits go? I have no interest in the job if the answer is no. A: It all depends on the position to which you are appointed. You’ll have to check with the FRB personnel office.

Q: Can external hires actually negotiate salary when most (if not all) federal vacancies state a fairly wide pay range? I’ve heard different things, but wish to know from you what the real answer is. A: Agencies have the authority to negotiate the starting pay of an external hire within the pay range for a position. Whether they are willing to do so, and to what extent, depends on the skills and abilities the candidate brings to the table, his current salary, and how critical the agency’s needs are.

Q: Who do I contact to find out how long I worked for the postal service? A: Since you aren’t currently a federal employee and can’t go to your personnel office and retrieve that information from your Official Personnel Folder (OPF), you’ll have to request that information from the National Personnel Records Center. Here’s their instructions: Federal law [5 USC 552a(b)] requires that all requests for records and information be submitted in writing. Each request must be signed (in cursive) and dated (within the last year). Please identify the documents or information needed and explain the purpose of your request.…

Q: I have applied for a job with the Navy and have been through the interview. I’ve been directed toward the Office of Human Resources for answers, but the only thing they can tell me is if I’m selected. I will get an e-mail from them with an offer. My interview was two weeks ago. How long does it, or can it, take to get an e-mail from them stating whether I was selected? A: There isn’t any set schedule. With thousands of appointing authorities around the world, the time between an interview and a decision varies widely, even more…

Q: I am a CSRS employee and I plan to retire at the end of the year. I am interested in coming back as a part-time rehired annuitant. My research indicates that as a rehired annuitant, appointments are limited to a year or less, and the annuitant may not serve for more than 520 hours during the period ending six months following the commencing date; for more than 1,040 hours during any 12-month period or for more than a total of 3,120 hours. My confusion is that the appointment is limited to a year, however, the annuitant may not work…

Q: Can we hire a current Veterans Affairs Department employee who is a well-qualified police officer (now serving under the regular Federal Employees Retirement System) as a firefighter if he is 58 years old? He also happens to be preference-eligible. Are we required to do a waiver for his age, which would mean he would retire at age 78? Is there an option for him to elect the regular retirement system and work as long as he wants?  What if he’s not interested in retiring and just wants to work for a while? A: Under 5 USC 3307, agencies are…

Q. Are new employees automatically enrolled in FERS, or do you have to make an election? A. All new federal employees first hired on or after Jan. 1, 1987 (and most employees first hired after Dec. 31, 1983), are automatically covered by FERS.

Q: I am a retired regular army officer. If I accept a GS position with Homeland Security will I forfeit some of my retirement? A: Only if you choose to do so. By that I mean, you have the opportunity to make a deposit to the civilian retirement system and get credit for that period of active duty service in determining your years of civilian service and in your annuity computation. At retirement, you would be required to waive your entitlement to military retired pay. If you chose not to make a deposit and waive your military retired pay, your…