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Vacancy Details

Eligibility Questions

1 Are you a current Federal civilian employee? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 If you are a Federal civilian employee, under what type of appointment are you currently serving? Answer to this question is required
  • I am not a Federal civilian employee
  • Permanent, career or career conditional, competitive service
  • Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA)
  • Excepted service (e.g. career or career-conditional, student, Federal Career Intern Program, Presidential Management Fellow, Schedule A, Attorney, etc.)
  • Temporary (Time-Limited Appointment - not to exceed 1 year or less)
  • Term (Time-Limited Appointment - more than one year, not more than 4 years).
  • Term (currently serving under a term appointment and are applying to a term position within the same project as your current term appointment)
  • Other
Note: If you are unsure, refer to your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), ask your servicing human resources office or contact the human resources representative listed in the vacancy announcement.

Click on the following appointment types for additional information:
Permanent, career, competitive service
Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA)
Excepted Service
Temporary
Term

Excepted Service means you are currently on a Federal civilian appointment without time limit which is in the excepted service.  You can determine if this is the case by looking at your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), to see if item #24 (tenure) is either 1 or 2 and item #34 (competitive/excepted service) is 2.  If so, you are likely in this category.
3 If you answered "Other" to Question 2, please enter your current appointment type. Maximum length of 100 characters. Answer to this question is required
4 If you are a current Federal civilian employee, by what agency/office or Department of Commerce bureau are you employed? Answer to this question is required
  • I am not a current Federal civilian employee
  • Other agency/office not in the Department of Commerce
  • Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
  • Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
  • Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census (CENSUS)
  • Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA)
  • Department of Commerce, Economic and Statistics Administration (ESA)
  • Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA)
  • Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
  • Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
  • Department of Commerce, National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
  • Department of Commerce, Office of the Secretary (OS)
  • Department of Commerce, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Other
  • Department of Commerce, Office of the Inspector General
5 If you answered "Other" to Question 4, please enter the agency and organization. Maximum length of 100 characters. Answer to this question is required
6 If you are NOT currently serving in the competitive service as a permanent career or career-conditional Federal civilian employee, are you eligible for reinstatement based on prior Federal service? If this is not applicable, please answer "no". Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Note: For more information on reinstatement eligibility, refer to: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/reinstatement

You will be required to submit a copy of a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) as proof of your reinstatement eligibility.  Please refer to the vacancy announcement for information on submitting documentation.
7 If you answered yes to Question 6, please indicate the beginning and ending dates of your prior Federal civilian employment. If you are not, nor have ever been, a Federal civilian employee, please enter NA. Note: Use the format From MM-YYYY to MM-YYYY. Maximum length of 25 characters. Answer to this question is required
8 Are you a preference eligible OR a veteran who was separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after completing 3 or more years of continuous service (may have been released shortly before completing a 3-year tour)? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Note: If yes, you will be required to submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility. Please refer to the vacancy announcement for information on submitting documentation.
9 Are you eligible for a noncompetitive appointment under a Special Appointing Authority? For more information and examples of Special Appointing Authorities, please see below. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Some examples of Special Appointing Authorities are:

  • Veterans' Recruitment Appointment and Disabled Veterans: For more information click here
  • Persons with disabilities: For more information click here
  • Student Career Experience Program (SCEP): Under this program, a student who has fulfilled the education requirements (that is, completed the program upon which the SCEP appointment was based) and worked the required 640 hours, is eligible for conversion to a permanent position at any agency within 120 days of satisfactory completion of course requirements.  For more information click here
  • Presidential Management Fellow Program (PMF): Under this program, an individual who has successfully completed the requirements of the PMF program is eligible for conversion to a permanent position at any agency within 120 days of satisfactory completion of the program.  For more information click here
  • Peace Corps volunteers or Former overseas employees: For more information click here
10 If you answered yes to Question 9 above, please identify the Special Appointing Authority. Maximum length of 50 characters. Answer to this question is required
Note: You will be required to provide supporting documentation. Please refer to the vacancy announcement for information on submitting documentation.
11 Are you eligible for appointment under an Interchange agreement or other similar authority?
For more information on interchange agreements and similar authorities, click here. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
12 If you are eligible for appointment under an Interchange agreement or similar authority, please identify the organization in which you work(ed). Enter 'Not Applicable' if this does not apply to you. Maximum length of 50 characters. Answer to this question is required
13 If you are, or ever were, a Federal civilian employee, please indicate the pay plan of the highest grade level or pay band you held on a permanent basis. Enter 'Not Applicable' if this does not apply to you. Maximum length of 15 characters. Answer to this question is required
Note: You can locate your pay plan in Block #16 on your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).
14 If you are, or ever were, a Federal civilian employee, please indicate the highest grade level or pay band you held on a permanent basis that corresponds to the pay plan you identifed in question #13. Maximum length of 5 characters. Answer to this question is required
Note: You can locate your grade level or pay band in Block #18 on your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).
15 If you are, or ever were, a Federal civilian employee, please indicate the beginning and ending dates of the highest grade level or pay band that you identified in Question 14. Maximum length of 25 characters. Answer to this question is required
16 If you are, or ever were, a Federal civilian career or career-conditional employee in the competitive service, what is the highest full performance level (promotion potential) of the position you held on a permanent basis? Maximum length of 5 characters. Answer to this question is required
Note: Your highest full performance level should be shown in the "Remarks" section of you Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that documents your initial placement into that position.
17 Does the Department of Commerce employ any member of your family? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
18 If yes to Question 17, please provide the name, relationship, organization in which employed, and location if known. Maximum length of 100 characters. Answer to this question is required
19 Surplus/Displaced employee information: Answer to this question is required
  • I am an employee of the Department of Commerce who has been declared surplus or displaced AND I am requesting special selection priority under the Department of Commerce Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP).
  • I am a displaced employee from another Federal agency and eligible for selection preference based on the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP).
  • I am not a displaced employee from a Federal Agency.
Note: If you are eligible for special selection priority under CTAP or ICTAP, you will be required to provide supporting documentation.  Please refer to the vacancy announcement for information on submitting documentation.

For more information on CTAP and ICTAP eligibility and supporting documentation requirements, please see below for:
 CTAP eligibility: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap
 ICTAP eligibility: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap
20 If you are a male at least 18 years of age, born after December 31, 1959, have you registered with the Selective Service system? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
  • No, but I have an approved exemption
  • Not applicable
21 Are you a retiree receiving a Federal annuity? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
22 Have you accepted a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP/"buyout") from a Federal agency within the past 5 years? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No