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Permanent Positions 

These positions have no time limitation, and normally provide full benefits and entitlements, including health and life insurance, sick leave, annual leave (vacation), and retirement system participation.

 

Temporary Positions 

Temporary appointments are non-permanent appointments filled for 1 year or less. These appointments may be extended for an additional year, up to a total of 2 years.

 

A temporary appointment does not lead to competitive or permanent status nor are you entitled to retirement or other benefits. However, if your appointment is extended to a second year, you will be eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan. If you choose to enroll, you will pay the full cost of enrollment.

 

Term Positions

A term position is one that is non-permanent, but lasts more than one year. The usual limit is four years, but there may be circumstances that allow for longer periods of time. Employment is automatically terminated on the expiration date of the appointment. You are entitled to earn leave (vacation and sick time), as well as participate in the federal retirement plan, and you can take advantage of the governments health benefits and life insurance coverage.

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03/18/2008

Full time positions have a 40 hour work week. Part time positions have work schedules of not more than 32 hours per week.

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03/18/2008

Job grade requirements are based on level of education and previous experience. In general, in order to be eligible to apply for a higher graded position, you must have worked in the next lower grade for at least one year. For example, in order to be eligible to apply for a GS-14 position, you must have worked in a GS-13 position for at least one year. Alternatively, if you are coming from the private sector, you must be able to demonstrate that you have performed GS-13 equivalent work for at least one year. At certain grade levels, educational achievement can sometimes be substituted for work experience. In addition, a combination of educational achievement and work experience can sometimes qualify you for even higher grades.

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03/18/2008

USA Jobs provides a listing of all of the latest federal job opportunities and complete vacancy announcements. It is convenient, user friendly, accessible through the computer or telephone and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to the website, you may also access job opening information through an interactive voice response telephone system at 1 (703) 724-1850 or by TDD at 1 (978) 461-8404.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 
03/18/2008