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Outstanding Scholar
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  • Authority allows the non-competitive appointment of college graduates with high academic achievement at grades GS-5 and GS-7.
  • Applicants may apply to any vacancy announcement open to outside candidates.
Recruiting Sources
  • Academic institutions, job fairs, talent banks, advertisements.
Eligibility
  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 3.5 or above, on a 4.0 scale, for all undergraduate coursework; or have graduated in the upper 10 percent of the class.
Presidential Management Intern (PMI) Program
Features
  • The PMI Program is designed to attract outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs.
  • Internships are for two years, during which time interns participate in a variety of activities to enhance their leadership and management skills and to prepare them to qualify for a career position upon graduation from the program.
  • Interns are appointed at grade GS-9 and may receive promotion to GS-11 after one year of successful training. At the completion of the two years, interns are permanently placed in or promoted to a career position.
Recruiting Sources
  • Colleges and universities.
Eligibility
  • Candidate must be a United States citizen.
  • Candidate must have completed a graduate course of study at a qualifying college or university.
  • Candidate must receive the nomination of the dean or academic program director.
  • Candidate must pass the OPM administered screening process.
Selective Placement for Persons with Disabilities, including Disabled Veterans
Features
  • Special authorities are available for the non-competitive appointment of persons with severe physical and mental disabling conditions and for Veterans with a 30 percent or higher compensable service-connected disability.
  • Appointments may be made on a temporary basis to demonstrate ability to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.
  • Candidates are usually certified for appointment by a counselor or State vocational rehabilitation agency or the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Upon completion of two years of satisfactory service, the employee may qualify for non-competitive conversion to a career or career-conditional appointment. Disabled veterans may be converted from a time-limited appointment of more than 60 days.
  • Eligible candidates may apply for vacancy consideration regardless of closing date so long as the selection has not been made.
Recruiting Sources
  • State vocational rehabilitation agencies, colleges, Department of Veterans Affairs, talent bank, advertisements.
Eligibility
  • Candidate must meet qualification requirements for the position.
  • Candidate must have, when required, a statement from a State vocational rehabilitation agency or service certifying they have the ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Disabled veterans must have retired from active military service with a disability rating of 30 percent or more, or been rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs within the preceding year as having a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more.
Veterans Readjustment Appointment (VRA)
Features
  • This program assists eligible veterans of the Vietnam era and the post-Vietnam era.
  • VRA appointees are initially hired for a two-year period in the excepted service.
  • The VRA authority may be used to fill jobs up through GS-11.
  • Veterans with less than 15 years of formal education will participate in a formal training program.
  • VRA appointees are converted to a career or career-conditional appointment following successful completion of the VRA program.
Recruiting Sources
  • Veterans placement offices, Department of Veterans Affairs, job fairs, advertisements.
Eligibility
  • Candidate must have served for a period of more than 180 days active duty, all or part of which occurred after 8/4/64, and have other than a dishonorable discharge.
  • Time limits on eligibility are set under Federal regulations.
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