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OPM aims to fast-track hires of former feds

Former feds looking to return to government service with new skills could get a break if a proposed Office of Personnel Management regulation is put into effect.

The proposed new regulations, scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Dec. 26, would allow former feds to accept noncompetitive job offers to return to federal service at pay grades that reflect their current skillsets or have higher promotion ceilings than their previous positions.

Currently, agencies are allowed to fast-track hiring of former federal employees to return to work at the pay grades they held when they departed. The rule would apply to former career employees but also to departed career-conditional employees – typically feds who left their jobs before completing three years of service.

The rule comes with a few stipulations. Feds must have received a "fully successful" performance rating in their most recent review and have been off the job for at least a year. The one-year gap " will prevent situations in which employees seeking a promotion quit and get reinstated to a higher-graded position (in essence a promotion) prior to meeting the specialized experience requirement," the document states.

Comments on the proposed rule change are due Feb. 24, 2020.

Reader comments

Wed, Jan 22, 2020 Joy GA

I would like to be rehired. My retirement is from the U S P S in Macon Ga. Where would I start? Thanks

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Hardest part coming back as rehired annuitant is veterans preference. I was not a veteran and can't get fair consideration. I believe we should always hire best qualified. Veterans preference should be used once, not every job applied for thru out a career.

Thu, Jan 16, 2020 Hazel Johnson JAX FL

So many Federal civil service employees have left the DoD in many of its critical areas. This in addition to being unable to recruit sufficient replacements has created an overall brain drain. Now they're trying to bridge this knowledge gap with folks that departed the service.

Thu, Jan 16, 2020 J

Not true in all cases on the annuity comment. That can be waived if the position is hard to fill or is needed to fill under national security. If a re-employed annuitant may quit a hard to fill position, there can also be a waiver approved by OPM. The deduction for the annual leave pay-out is in only certain circumstances and that may be under CSRS not FERS. That is only the annuity that is deducted from each pay period not the SSI supplement if under FERS. The supplement is only adjusted IF the employee is at the minimum retirement age (MRA) or older and under 62. It's just like going back to work at that grade rather than at the earnings in retirement which can be substantially lower. Employees can again contribute to TSP and retirement and add 1% per years served to their retirement which is recalculated when they leave service again. This would be at the new High 3 salary which could potentially be a good bit higher than when initially retiring.

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

If the congress and senate along with the political appointed minions such as the white house chief of staff did not constantly bash federal employees, reduce or try to reduce benefits and yearly salary adjustments, maybe some former federal employees would return to do great work. However with the immature idiots such as Cortez, Schumer, Pelosi, McConnel, Paul and all the rest who would consider a return to more of the same nonsense along with deficient back stabbing management, no incentive exists.

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