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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

5 CFR Parts 302, 330, 335, 337, and 410

RIN 3206-AL04


Recruitment, Selection, and Placement (General)

AGENCY: U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is revising the 
regulations on Federal vacancy announcements, reemployment priority 
list requirements, positions restricted to preference eligibles, the 
restriction on moving an employee immediately after a competitive 
appointment, the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), and the 
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). This final rule 
clarifies the regulations, incorporates longstanding OPM policies, 
revises placement assistance programs for consistency and 
effectiveness, removes references to two expired interagency placement 
assistance programs, and reorganizes information for ease of reading.

DATES: Final rule effective March 3, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For subparts A, D, and E, contact 
Linda Watson by telephone at (202) 606-0830; TTY at (202) 418-3134; fax 
at (202) 606-0390; or e-mail at linda.watson@opm.gov. For all other 
subparts, contact Pam Galemore by telephone at (202) 606-0960; TTY at 
(202) 418-3134; fax at (202) 606-2329; or e-mail at 
pamela.galemore@opm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is 
revising the regulations in 5 CFR part 330 governing Federal vacancy 
announcements, the Reemployment Priority List (RPL), positions 
restricted to preference eligibles, the restriction on moving an 
employee immediately after a competitive appointment, the Career 
Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), and the Interagency Career 
Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP).
    On September 8, 2008, OPM published proposed regulations in the 
Federal Register (73 FR 51944) revising part 330 to clarify the 
regulations, incorporate longstanding OPM policies, revise placement 
assistance programs for consistency and effectiveness, remove 
references to two expired interagency placement assistance programs, 
and reorganize information for ease of reading. The Supplementary 
Information section of the September 8, 2008, proposed rule contains a 
discussion of the substantive revisions and changes. The 60-day comment 
period for the proposed regulations ended on November 7, 2008. During 
the comment period, OPM received comments from seven executive branch 
agencies, one legislative branch agency, two labor organizations, and 
one employee organization. We address the relevant comments received 
under the subpart headings below. The vast majority of comments 
received related to provisions in part 330 that were not proposed for 
revision and so were outside the scope of the proposed regulations. OPM 
is not responding to those comments, i.e., those comments concerning 
current regulatory requirements and provisions that we did not propose 
to change. Although we are not addressing those comments in this final 
rule, we appreciate that the commenters thought additional 
clarification would be helpful in applying both continuing and revised 
part 330 provisions. With this in mind, we will include additional 
clarifying information both in guidance material accompanying this 
final regulation and in the Delegated Examining Operations Handbook, as 
appropriate.

General Comments

    Overall, the agencies supported OPM's proposed revisions to part 
330 as benefiting employees affected by downsizing actions, clarifying 
the existing regulations and making them more readable, and adding 
helpful information.
    The employee organization asked whether the revised regulations 
would affect the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Program. The ALJ 
Program is subject to regulations at 5 CFR part 930, subpart B. Under 
section 930.201(b), ALJs follow competitive service regulations unless 
otherwise stated in part 930. Because ALJs are above the GS-15 level, 
or equivalent, they are not subject to subpart F (the Career Transition 
Assistance Plan (CTAP)) and subpart G (the Interagency CTAP or ICTAP), 
which limit selection priority to the GS-15 level, or equivalent, or 
below. ALJs are specifically covered by subpart B, the Reemployment 
Priority List, in accordance with section 930.210(c)(1).
    The legislative agency questioned the proposed definition of agency 
for the purposes of part 330 in section 330.101, which included the 
Government Printing Office (GPO). The commenter stated that OPM did not 
have authority to include the GPO under the agency definition because 
it is an agency in the legislative branch of the Federal Government, 
and the Presidential Memorandum dated September 12, 1995, directing the 
establishment of the career transition assistance programs under 
subparts F and G, CTAP and ICTAP, respectively, was limited to the 
internal management of the executive branch. The commenter stated that 
the GPO should not have to assist in the placement of displaced 
executive branch employees. The commenter also stated that the GPO does 
not object to inclusion under subpart B, the Reemployment Priority 
List.
    OPM agrees in part and disagrees in part with the commenter's 
assertion concerning the applicability of part 330 to the GPO. 
President Cleveland, by an Adopting and Promulgating Order dated June 
13, 1895, placed all GPO employees other than unskilled laborers or 
workmen and those appointed by and with the advice and consent of the 
Senate into the classified service, subject to the regulations of the 
Civil Service Commission, which became OPM in 1979. Although the 1895 
Order placed GPO employees in the competitive service, we agree with 
the commenter that the 1995 Presidential Memorandum directing the 
establishment of career transition assistance programs was limited to 
the executive branch. Accordingly, we have redefined agency from the 
proposed section 330.602 and section 330.702 to mean an Executive 
agency as defined in 5 U.S.C. 105, i.e., an Executive

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department, a Government corporation, and an independent establishment. 
The revised definition excludes GPO employees and positions from 
coverage under subparts F and G, respectively, meaning the GPO is not 
required to provide selection priority to displaced executive branch 
employees, and executive branch agencies are not required to provide 
selection priority to displaced GPO employees. We have also revised 
section 330.404 to exclude GPO employees from the provisions of section 
330.404 through section 330.407 that require placement assistance to 
preference eligibles separated by reduction in force because of a 
contracting-out decision made in accordance with Office of Management 
and Budget Circular A-76. We have not redefined agency in subpart B 
because OPM regulations regarding the RPL, which implement 5 U.S.C. 
3315 and 8151, apply to the GPO per the 1895 Adopting and Promulgating 
Order.
    One agency asked if there would be an implementation period for 
agencies to update their policies, procedures, forms, etc. To allow 
time for agencies to update and revise their policies and procedures to 
conform to the new regulatory requirements and to consider the new 
flexibilities, OPM is providing that the final regulations will be 
effective 4 months from the date of publication in the Federal 
Register. Agencies are required to provide OPM with a copy of their 
final CTAP plans in accordance with section 330.603(a).
    One agency suggested that the regulations define an ``excepted 
service agency'' to help employees understand this term. This comment 
was made in response to the statement on page 51946 of the September 8, 
2008, Federal Register notice about including entities with positions 
in the competitive service under subparts F and G. We are not adopting 
this suggestion because it is unnecessary and would not add to the 
clarity of this regulation. It is positions, not agencies per se, that 
are excepted from the competitive service, and title 5 of the United 
States Code already defines both the term ``competitive service'' and 
the term ``excepted service'' at 5 U.S.C. 2102 and 2103, respectively.

Subpart A--Filling Vacancies in the Competitive Service

    One agency commented that, although the Supplementary Information 
for the proposed regulations indicated that Subpart A was modified to 
include requirements mandated by the Veterans Employment Opportunities 
Act (VEOA), the agency did not see any changes that related to VEOA. In 
fact, section 330.103(b) of the revised regulations is intended to 
implement section 2 of the VEOA, codified at 5 U.S.C. 3304(f), by 
requiring that an agency notify OPM when filling any vacancy under its 
merit promotion procedures if it is accepting applications from outside 
its permanent competitive service workforce. We have also clarified the 
purpose of section 330.103 by adding that the information an agency 
provides to OPM is the vacancy announcement information for the 
particular vacancy.
    One agency commented that recent legislation may have been enacted 
regarding protected genetic information. The commenter recommended 
adding genetic information to the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) 
statement suggested in section 330.104(a)(17). OPM is not adopting this 
suggestion; however, based on the agency's comment, we have removed the 
proposed recommended EEO statement in section 330.104(a)(17) and 
replaced it with information as to where an agency can locate OPM's 
recommended language for an EEO statement. Placing the recommended EEO 
statement in a central location allows OPM to readily update the 
statement with any changes or amendments to Federal employment 
discrimination law. Agencies may either use the recommended EEO 
statement located on OPM's USAJOBS Web site (http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo) or develop its own EEO policy statement.
    For the same reason stated above, OPM is removing the current 
recommended statement for Reasonable Accommodation in section 
330.707(b)(14)(ii) (which was moved to section 330.104(b)(2) in the 
proposed and this final regulation) and replacing it with information 
as to where an agency can locate OPM's recommended language for a 
Reasonable Accommodation statement. When interpretive changes to the 
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 occur, OPM will update the 
recommended language for a Reasonable Accommodation statement at a 
central location on OPM's USAJOBS Web site (http://www.usajobs.gov/raps.) Agencies may either use the recommended language located on 
OPM's Web site or develop its own Reasonable Accommodation policy 
statement.
    One agency noted the incorrect Web address for USAJOBS in section 
330.105. We have corrected the Web address to http://www.usajobs.gov.

Subpart B--Reemployment Priority List (RPL)

    One agency objected to the proposed renaming of ``priority 
consideration'' to ``placement priority'' throughout subpart B because 
the renamed term could give the impression that the agency is 
responsible for placing the employee, rather than the employee being 
responsible for seeking employment. OPM is retaining the revised term 
as proposed because the RPL, in fact, provides placement priority for 
RPL registrants over individuals from outside the agency's permanent 
competitive service workforce.
    Two labor organizations objected to the addition of the ``undue 
interruption'' standard to the definition of qualified in section 
330.202. One organization was concerned about both the deletion of the 
reference to the undue interruption definition in 5 CFR 351.203 and the 
concept underlying the undue interruption provision. The other 
organization erroneously referred to the undue interruption provision 
as a new requirement in subpart B and stated that the 90-day standard 
for an undue interruption determination is not currently in part 351. 
(``Undue interruption'' is defined in section 351.203 as a standard an 
agency may consider when placing an employee during a reduction in 
force. The standard may be used when the placement of an otherwise 
eligible employee could prevent completion of required work 90 days 
after the placement.) As stated in the Supplementary Information of the 
proposed rule, the undue interruption provision is an exception to RPL 
placement in the current regulation at section 330.207(d). The proposed 
change merely moved the substance of the exception to the qualified 
definition at the beginning of the subpart. Moving the undue 
interruption provision as an exception to the definition of qualified 
for RPL placement priority makes RPL placement priority consistent with 
qualifications for placement in a position under part 351. We agree, 
however, that retaining a specific cross-reference to the undue 
interruption definition in section 351.203 would provide a more 
thorough grounding for the provision and be helpful to agencies in 
making determinations. We have revised section 330.202 accordingly, 
returning the section 351.203 reference and deleting the parenthetical 
information that was taken from the section 351.203 definition.
    One agency and two labor organizations were concerned about the 
proposed new provision in section 330.207(b) that allows agencies, at 
their discretion, to designate a different local commuting area for RPL 
eligibles when the agency will not have any competitive service 
positions remaining in the local commuting area. The agency

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is concerned that, because no guidelines are provided in the regulation 
about when or why an agency would exercise this option, major 
discrepancies could arise in how RPL eligibles are treated among the 
various agencies. One labor organization recommended that agencies, 
instead of having discretion, be required to designate a different 
local commuting area because to leave to their discretion the 
designation of a different local commuting area would make this 
provision mere guidance, which agencies could disregard. OPM believes 
that each agency is in the best position to determine if and when it 
would be appropriate to use this flexibility. OPM believes that 
appropriate considerations would include the size and locations of the 
agency's workforce, available vacancies, and available funds. We have 
added these general criteria to the regulation in section 330.207(b) 
for agency consideration when establishing their policies, if they 
choose to implement this provision.
    The other labor organization believes that an RPL eligible should 
be given the option of registering for expanded consideration in 
multiple local commuting areas if he or she is willing to cover the 
costs of relocation upon acceptance of a vacancy offer. OPM cannot 
adopt this suggestion. The Federal Travel Regulations (41 CFR part 302-
2) require that an employee is entitled to relocation allowances if the 
agency determines the relocation is in the interest of the Government. 
Because 41 CFR 302-3.205 states that any relocation due to reduction in 
force is considered to be in the interest of the Government, and 41 CFR 
302-3.206 provides that an agency may pay a relocation allowance to a 
re-employed employee separated by reduction in force or transfer of 
function, the agency would be required to reimburse the employee should 
the employee claim relocation expenses at a later date. Based on these 
considerations, OPM is retaining section 330.207(b) as proposed.
    Proposed section 330.207(d) requires an agency to establish a fair 
and consistent policy for expanding the registration area for an 
employee whose RPL eligibility is based on recovery from a compensable 
work injury. One agency commented that section 330.207(d) does not 
include information regarding the circumstances that would be 
appropriate for expansion. Proposed section 330.207(d) merely added a 
requirement to the requirement in current section 330.206(b)(1) to 
expand consideration ``at the time and in a manner as the agency 
determines will provide the individual with maximum opportunities for 
consideration.'' The new requirement is for the agency to establish a 
fair and consistent policy for expanding consideration Because Federal 
agencies range from under a hundred positions in one location to 
thousands of positions worldwide, OPM believes each agency is in the 
best position to determine if, when, and how it will expand 
consideration for its employees who have recovered from a compensable 
injury based on the location and availability of positions for the RPL 
registrant to exercise placement priority. However, we agree that 
including examples, such as agency size, geographic scope, and funding 
availability, would be helpful to agencies with establishing their 
policies and we have revised section 330.207(d) accordingly.
    One agency commented that proposed section 330.208(a) is somewhat 
confusing, perhaps due to the length of the sentence, and offered 
revised language to separate the provisions into three sentences. We 
agree that the section could be clearer; however, to avoid redundancy, 
we revised section 330.208(a) to retain the events resulting in RPL 
eligibility within one sentence and separated into a second sentence 
the provision that an RPL eligible remains registered unless removed 
from the RPL for a reason specified in section 330.209. Section 
330.208(a) as revised reads: ``(a) RPL registration expires 2 years 
from the date of reduction in force separation under part 351 of this 
chapter, or 2 years from the date the agency registers the RPL eligible 
because of recovery from a compensable work injury under Sec.  
330.206(a)(3)(i) or (ii). An RPL eligible remains registered for the 
full 2-year period unless the registrant is removed from the RPL for a 
reason specified in Sec.  330.209.''
    One agency commented that extending the duration of RPL eligibility 
in section 330.208(a) to 2 years for both tenure groups I and II will 
benefit the registrant, but will also prolong the need to check the 
RPL, ultimately creating more work. OPM disagrees with the agency's 
comment. Under section 330.210(b), the agency is required to check its 
RPL for registrants each time it fills a competitive service vacancy 
from outside its permanent competitive service workforce. Extending the 
eligibility period for tenure group II RPL registrants will not affect 
how often the agency checks its RPL.
    One agency commented that section 330.208(b) provides OPM the 
authority to extend an RPL eligible's registration period when the 
eligible does not receive the 2 full years of placement priority, but 
it does not indicate how or who notifies OPM of the situation. We agree 
that additional clarification is needed. We have added a new paragraph 
to section 330.208(b) allowing either the agency or the RPL eligible to 
request OPM approval to extend the registration period if the 
registrant was denied the full 2-year registration period because of 
administrative or clerical error.
    One agency noted the typographical error in section 330.212(c)(2) 
in referencing section 330.210 instead of section 330.213. We have 
corrected the reference in this final rule.
    One labor organization objected to the provisions of section 
330.213(c) and (d) concerning the selection order of RPL placement 
priority candidates. The labor organization stated the methods create 
complicated and convoluted components that do not adequately serve RPL 
candidates in a timely fashion.
    In relation to section 330.213(c), the proposed rule only changed 
the title of the section from ``Rating and ranking'' to ``Numerical 
scoring.'' The regulatory provisions in the proposed rule are the same 
as those in the current regulation in section 330.207(c). Because only 
the title of the section changed and the rest of the provisions were 
not proposed for change, the comment concerning section 330.213(c) is 
outside the scope of the proposed rule.
    The labor organization also objected to the addition of section 
330.213(d), allowing an agency to use alternative rating and selection 
procedures (also called category rating) as prescribed in 5 U.S.C. 3319 
and part 337 of 5 CFR for the same reason stated above. We are not 
deleting section 330.213(d) based on the labor organization's 
objection. We proposed to add the alternative rating provision at 
section 330.213(d) precisely because we believe it would provide for a 
less complicated method for agencies to determine the selection order 
for RPL placement priority candidates. Alternative rating has been 
established by statute, codified at 5 U.S.C. 3319, and implemented in 
part 337, as an acceptable method, in addition to assigning numeric 
scores, for assessing qualified candidates for jobs filled through 
competitive examination while preserving veterans' preference. Because 
agencies may have adopted alternative rating in their competitive 
examination process, we are providing the ability to use this method 
when determining selection order under the RPL.
    One agency commented that it is unclear whether there is an 
advantage or benefit to amending section 330.213(e) to allow RPL 
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directly for RPL placement priority, stating that it will create 
additional work to track the RPL candidate's application. OPM is not 
revising section 330.213(e) based on the comment. We believe adding 
this flexibility, which is based on the employee-empowerment model used 
in CTAP and ICTAP, will be beneficial to both the agency and the RPL 
registrant by helping to ensure a successful placement. For example, 
the agency will consider only those RPL registrants who express their 
interest and availability by applying for the particular vacancy. The 
RPL registrant can exercise placement priority only for those vacancies 
in which he or she is interested, instead of being faced with either 
accepting a less desirable position or being removed from the RPL.

Subpart F--Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) for Local 
Surplus and Displaced Employees

    In the Supplementary Information section of the proposed rule, OPM 
asked stakeholders to comment on the exceptions to CTAP and ICTAP 
selection priority. We received comments from three agencies. Two 
agencies believed the exceptions were appropriate, reasonable and 
comprehensive. One agency proposed to add in section 330.609 that an 
employee with reinstatement eligibility who was selected for a term 
appointment from a competitive examination certificate may be 
reinstated to a permanent appointment as an exception to CTAP selection 
priority. OPM is not adopting the proposal. An individual who accepted 
a term appointment is fully aware of the time-limited nature of the 
appointment. A CTAP eligible has, by definition, been determined to be 
in a surplus position and subject to displacement or has received 
notice of separation from the Federal service through no fault of his 
or her own. We believe a well-qualified CTAP eligible should retain 
selection priority for permanent positions over an individual who 
accepted a designated time-limited offer. However, we understand that a 
time-limited appointment may be the only option available to a CTAP 
eligible for continued employment within an agency during a reduction 
in force. For this reason, we have added paragraph (ee) to section 
330.609 to provide an additional exception to applying CTAP selection 
priority. The new exception allows an agency to convert an employee's 
time-limited appointment in the competitive or excepted service to a 
permanent appointment in the competitive service if the employee 
accepted the time-limited appointment while a CTAP eligible.
    One labor organization recommended restoring language in section 
330.606(b)(1) that was deleted in the proposed rule. OPM is not 
adopting the recommendation. OPM proposed to delete the statement, 
``Selective and quality ranking factors cannot be so restrictive that 
they run counter to the goal of placing displaced employees'' because 
it was unnecessary. We continue to believe the statement is unnecessary 
and, in fact, could be misconstrued. The goal of placing, or not 
placing, displaced employees is irrelevant to the establishment of 
selective and quality ranking factors. (Selective factors are 
knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs), or special qualifications that are 
in addition to the minimum requirements in a qualification standard and 
are determined to be essential to perform the duties and 
responsibilities of a particular position. Quality ranking factors are 
KSAs that are expected to enhance performance in a position, but, 
unlike selective factors, are not essential for satisfactory 
performance. Quality ranking factors are used to evaluate and determine 
the best qualified of qualified applicants.) These factors are 
considered an employment practice and, therefore, must be developed in 
accordance with 5 CFR 300. Part 300 requires a job analysis to 
determine the job-related quality ranking factors, or selective 
factors, as applicable. The fact that placement assistance candidates 
may apply for the position has no relevance to their establishment or 
use. These factors are established for the position to be filled before 
the job is announced and apply to all individuals who apply to the job 
announcement. (For additional information on selective and quality 
ranking factors, see part E.6 of the Operating Manual: Qualification 
Standards for General Schedule Positions on OPM's Web site at http://www.opm.gov.)
    One agency and one labor organization commented on the new 
provision in sections 330.606(c) and 330.704(c) allowing an agency to 
include the results of a structured scored interview when determining 
if a CTAP or an ICTAP eligible is well-qualified. Both the agency and 
the labor organization stated that structured interviews were too 
subjective for use in making well-qualified determinations. OPM 
disagrees with the commenters; however, we are deleting this provision 
as unnecessary from both sections in the final regulations. A scored 
structured interview is a valid assessment tool that involves 
eliciting, observing, evaluating, and scoring responses to pre-
established job-related questions. A structured interview, when used, 
is part of an agency's overall assessment process to differentiate the 
qualified from the highly- or well-qualified applicants for a 
particular position or group of positions. Because the structured 
interview is a component of the assessment process, we have determined 
it is not necessary to separately address this component from other 
components used in the process.

Subpart G--Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) for 
Displaced Employees

    One agency and one labor organization commented on section 
330.705(d)(2). This section allows an agency to make additional 
selections from an applicant pool previously established by a vacancy 
announcement that was open to ICTAP eligibles. The agency states the 
provision is confusing as written in that it implies the agency could 
readvertise the vacancy without accepting additional ICTAP eligibles' 
applications. The labor organization believes reissuing selection 
certificates without readvertising for ICTAP eligibles may invite the 
specter of inappropriate or suspect activity on the part of an agency 
in its execution of ICTAP. OPM is retaining the provision; however, we 
revised section 330.705(d)(2) for clarity. As stated in the 
Supplementary Information of the proposed rule, under current ICTAP 
regulations, an agency must determine if ICTAP eligibles are available 
whenever it makes a selection that is not an authorized exception to 
ICTAP. For example, an agency issues a vacancy announcement for one 
position for which no ICTAP eligibles apply. The agency makes a 
selection and appoints the selectee. The selectee resigns 2 weeks 
later. The agency's merit promotion plan allows it to re-issue the 
selection certificate containing other highly qualified candidates to 
make a second selection in this circumstance, but, under the current 
regulation, the agency would have to issue a new vacancy announcement 
to ensure no ICTAP eligibles are available before it could fill its 
position. This provision would allow the agency to fill the position 
from the applicant pool established by the original announcement under 
which ICTAP eligibles could apply. We see no reason to prohibit the 
agency from making the second selection in this limited circumstance.
    One agency recommended that section 330.708 be revised to allow 
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certificate to retain their priority until the certificate expires 
under agency policies. OPM is not adopting this recommendation because 
to do so would provide some ICTAP eligibles with 1 year of eligibility 
while providing others with more than 1 year, possibly on the same 
agency certificate. As noted in the Supplementary Information of the 
proposed rule, the proposed revision to section 330.708 was a 
clarification of, not a change to, existing policy. Also as noted in 
the Supplementary Information, an agency retains the option to select a 
displaced employee whose ICTAP eligibility has expired, provided no 
other ICTAP eligibles have selection priority for the vacancy.
    One agency suggested section 330.710 retain the example from the 
current regulation in section 330.708(a)(2)(ii) that lists a Standard 
Form 50 as an example of documentation to establish ICTAP eligibility. 
We agree and have retained the Standard Form 50 as an example of proof 
of eligibility. Also, in reviewing section 330.710, we noted an 
oversight. The proposed provision requires an ICTAP eligible to submit 
one of the documents listed under the definition of displaced in 
section 330.702 to establish ICTAP selection priority. However, 
definition (2) of displaced lists former career or career-conditional 
employees separated by reduction in force under part 351 or removed 
under part 752 adverse action procedures; no ``document'' is included 
in definition (2). We have revised section 330.710 to correct this 
oversight.
    The final regulation also includes minor edits for readability and 
finalizes the conforming changes in parts 302--Employment in the 
Excepted Service, 335--Promotion and Internal Placement, 337--Examining 
System, and 410--Training of OPM's regulations to revise citations 
because of the movement of rules governing vacancy announcements from 
subpart G to subpart A. We also clarified in section 330.708 when ICTAP 
eligibility terminates for a Military Reserve Technician or National 
Guard Technician. By law in 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) and 8456, a Technician's 
special annuity terminates upon appointment to a Government position, 
declination of an appointment, restoration to earning capacity, or 
recovery from the disability. We have added in section 330.708(f) that 
ICTAP eligibility for displaced Technicians, as described in section 
330.702, terminates when the Technician no longer receives the special 
disability retirement annuity under 5 U.S.C. 3887(h) or 8456.
    For the convenience of the reader, the final part 330 is published 
in its entirety.

E.O. 12866, Regulatory Review

    This rule has been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget 
in accordance with E.O. 12866.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    I certify that these regulations would not have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because they 
would apply only to Federal agencies and employees.

List of Subjects

5 CFR Parts 302, 335, and 337

    Government employees.

5 CFR Part 330

    Armed forces reserves, District of Columbia, Government employees.

5 CFR Part 410

    Education, Government employees.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
John Berry,
Director.

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Accordingly, OPM is amending 5 CFR parts 302, 330, 335, 337, and 410 as 
follows:

PART 302--EMPLOYMENT IN THE EXCEPTED SERVICE

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1. The authority citation for part 302 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 1302, 3301, 3302, 8151, E.O. 10577 (3 CFR 
1954-1958 Comp., p. 218); Sec.  302.105 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 
1104, Pub. L. 95-454, sec. 3(5); Sec.  302.501 also issued under 5 
U.S.C. 7701 et seq.


Sec.  302.106  [Amended]

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2. In Sec.  302.106, remove ``Sec.  330.707 of subpart G'' and add, in 
its place, ``part 330, subpart A''.

PART 330--RECRUITMENT, SELECTION, AND PLACEMENT (GENERAL)

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3. Revise part 330 to read as follows:
Subpart A--Filling Vacancies in the Competitive Service
Sec.
330.101 Definitions.
330.102 Methods of filling vacancies.
330.103 Requirement to notify OPM.
330.104 Requirements for vacancy announcements.
330.105 Instructions on how to add a vacancy announcement to 
USAJOBS.
330.106 Funding.
Subpart B--Reemployment Priority List (RPL)
330.201 Purpose.
330.202 Definitions.
330.203 RPL eligibility.
330.204 Agency requirements and responsibilities.
330.205 Agency RPL applications.
330.206 RPL registration timeframe and positions.
330.207 Registration area.
330.208 Duration of RPL registration.
330.209 Removal from an RPL.
330.210 Applying RPL placement priority.
330.211 Exceptions to RPL placement priority.
330.212 Agency flexibilities.
330.213 Selection from an RPL.
330.214 Appeal rights.
Subpart C--[Reserved]
Subpart D--Positions Restricted to Preference Eligibles
330.401 Restricted positions.
330.402 Exceptions to restriction.
330.403 Positions brought into the competitive service.
330.404 Displacement of preference eligibles occupying restricted 
positions in contracting out situations.
330.405 Agency placement assistance.
330.406 OPM placement assistance.
330.407 Eligibility for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance 
Plan.
Subpart E--Restrictions To Protect Competitive Principles
330.501 Purpose.
330.502 General restriction on movement after competitive 
appointment.
330.503 Ensuring agency compliance with the principles of open 
competition.
330.504 Exception to the general restriction.
Subpart F--Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) for Local 
Surplus and Displaced Employees
330.601 Purpose.
330.602 Definitions.
330.603 Requirements for agency CTAPs.
330.604 Requirements for agency CTAP selection priority.
330.605 Agency responsibilities for deciding who is well-qualified.
330.606 Minimum criteria for agency definition of ``well-
qualified''.
330.607 Applying CTAP selection priority.
330.608 Other agency CTAP responsibilities.
330.609 Exceptions to CTAP selection priority.
330.610 CTAP eligibility period.
330.611 Establishing CTAP selection priority.
330.612 Proof of eligibility.
330.613 OPM's role in CTAP.
Subpart G--Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) for 
Displaced Employees
330.701 Purpose.
330.702 Definitions.
330.703 Agency responsibilities for deciding who is well-qualified.
330.704 Minimum criteria for agency definition of ``well-
qualified''.
330.705 Applying ICTAP selection priority.
330.706 Other agency ICTAP responsibilities.
330.707 Exceptions to ICTAP selection priority.

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330.708 ICTAP eligibility period.
330.709 Establishing ICTAP selection priority.
330.710 Proof of eligibility.
330.711 OPM's role in ICTAP.
Subpart H--[Reserved]
Subpart I--[Reserved]
Subpart J--Prohibited Practices
330.1001 Withdrawal from competition.
Subpart K--[Reserved]
Subpart L--[Reserved]

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 1104, 1302, 3301, 3302, 3304, and 3330; E.O. 
10577, 3 CFR, 1954-58 Comp., p. 218; Section 330.103 also issued 
under 5 U.S.C. 3327; Subpart B also issued under 5 U.S.C. 3315 and 
8151; Section 330.401 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 3310; Subparts F 
and G also issued under Presidential Memorandum on Career Transition 
Assistance for Federal Employees, September 12, 1995; Subpart G also 
issued under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) and 8456(b).

Subpart A--Filling Vacancies in the Competitive Service


Sec.  330.101  Definitions.

    (a) In this part:
    Agency means:
    (1) An Executive department listed at 5 U.S.C. 101;
    (2) A military department listed at 5 U.S.C. 102;
    (3) A Government owned corporation in the executive branch;
    (4) An independent establishment in the executive branch as 
described at 5 U.S.C. 104; and
    (5) The Government Printing Office.
    Component means the first major subdivision of an agency, 
separately organized, and clearly distinguished in work function and 
operation from other agency subdivisions (e.g., the Internal Revenue 
Service under the Department of the Treasury or the National Park 
Service under the Department of the Interior).
    Local commuting area has the meaning given that term in Sec.  
351.203 of this chapter.
    Permanent competitive service workforce and permanent competitive 
service employees mean agency employees serving under career or career-
conditional appointments, in tenure group I or II, respectively.
    Position change has the meaning given that term in Sec.  210.102 of 
this chapter.
    Rating of record has the meaning given that term in Sec.  351.203 
of this chapter.
    Representative rate has the meaning given that term in Sec.  
351.203 of this chapter.
    Tenure groups are described in Sec.  351.501 of this chapter.
    (b) In this subpart:
    Vacancy means a vacant position in the competitive service, 
regardless of whether the position will be filled by permanent or time-
limited appointment, for which an agency is seeking applications from 
outside its current permanent competitive service workforce.


Sec.  330.102  Methods of filling vacancies.

    An agency may fill a vacancy in the competitive service by any 
method authorized in this chapter, including competitive appointment 
from a list of eligibles, noncompetitive appointment under special 
authority, reinstatement, transfer, reassignment, change to lower 
grade, or promotion. The agency must exercise its discretion in each 
personnel action solely on the basis of merit and fitness, without 
regard to political or religious affiliation, marital status, or race, 
and veterans' preference entitlements.


Sec.  330.103  Requirement to notify OPM.

    An agency must provide the vacancy announcement information to OPM 
promptly when:
    (a) Filling a vacancy for more than 120 days from outside the 
agency's current permanent competitive service workforce, as required 
by the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan, subpart G of this 
part, unless the action to be taken is listed in subpart G as an 
exception to that subpart;
    (b) Filling any vacancy under the agency's merit promotion 
procedures when the agency will accept applications from outside its 
permanent competitive service workforce; and
    (c) Filling a vacancy by open competitive examination, including 
direct hire procedures under part 337 of this chapter, or in the Senior 
Executive Service, as required by 5 U.S.C. 3327.


Sec.  330.104  Requirements for vacancy announcements.

    (a) Each vacancy announcement must contain the following 
information:
    (1) Name of issuing agency;
    (2) Announcement number;
    (3) Position title, series, pay plan, and grade (or pay rate);
    (4) Duty location;
    (5) Number of vacancies;
    (6) Opening date and application deadline (closing date) and any 
other information concerning how receipt of applications will be 
documented, such as by date of receipt or postmark, and considered, 
such as by cut-off dates in open continuous announcements;
    (7) Qualification requirements, including knowledge, skills, and 
abilities or competencies;
    (8) Starting pay;
    (9) Brief description of duties;
    (10) Basis of rating;
    (11) What to file;
    (12) Instructions on how to apply;
    (13) Information on how to claim veterans' preference, if 
applicable;
    (14) Definition of ``well-qualified,'' as required by subparts F 
and G of this part;
    (15) Information on how candidates eligible under subparts F and G 
of this part may apply, including required proof of eligibility;
    (16) Contact person or contact point;
    (17) Equal employment opportunity statement (Agencies may use the 
recommended equal employment opportunity statement located on OPM's 
USAJOBS website.); and
    (18) Reasonable accommodation statement.
    (b)(1) An agency may use wording of its choice in its statement 
that conveys the availability of reasonable accommodation required by 
Sec.  330.104(a)(18). In its reasonable accommodation statement, an 
agency may not list types of medical conditions or impairments 
appropriate for accommodation.
    (2) Agencies may use the recommended reasonable accommodation 
statement located on OPM's USAJOBS website.


Sec.  330.105  Instructions on how to add a vacancy announcement to 
USAJOBS.

    An agency can find the instructions to add a vacancy announcement 
to USAJOBS on OPM's Web site at http://www.usajobs.gov. An electronic 
file of the complete vacancy announcement must be included within 
USAJOBS.


Sec.  330.106  Funding.

    Each year, OPM will charge a fee for the agency's share of the cost 
of providing employment information to the public and to Federal 
employees as authorized by 5 U.S.C. 3330(f).

Subpart B--Reemployment Priority List (RPL)


Sec.  330.201  Purpose.

    (a) The Reemployment Priority List (RPL) is a required component of 
an agency's placement programs to assist its current and former 
competitive service employees who will be or were separated by 
reduction in force (RIF) under part 351 of this chapter, or who have 
recovered from a compensable work-related injury after more than 1 
year, as required by part 353 of this chapter. In filling vacancies, an 
agency must give its RPL registrants placement priority for most 
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vacancies before hiring someone from outside its own permanent 
competitive service workforce. An agency may choose to consider RPL 
placement priority candidates before other agency permanent competitive 
service employees under its Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) 
established under subpart F of this part, after fulfilling agency 
obligations to its CTAP selection priority candidates.
    (b) Agencies must use an RPL to give placement priority to their:
    (1) Current competitive service employees with a specific notice of 
RIF separation or a Certification of Expected Separation issued under 
part 351 of this chapter;
    (2) Former competitive service employees separated by RIF under 
part 351 of this chapter; and
    (3) Former competitive service employees fully recovered from a 
compensable injury (as defined in part 353 of this chapter) after more 
than 1 year.
    (c) All agency components within the local commuting area use a 
single RPL and are responsible for giving placement priority to the 
agency's RPL registrants.
    (d) With prior OPM approval, an agency may operate an alternate 
placement program which satisfies the basic requirements of this 
subpart, including veterans' preference, as an exception to the RPL 
regulations under this subpart. This provision is limited to 
reemployment priority because of RIF separation and allows agencies to 
adopt different placement strategies that are effective for their 
programs and satisfy employee entitlements to reemployment priority.


Sec.  330.202  Definitions.

    In this subpart:
    Competitive area means a competitive area as described in Sec.  
351.402 of this chapter.
    Competitive service appointment includes new appointments, 
reinstatements, reemployment, and transfers as defined in Sec.  210.102 
of this chapter, and conversions as defined in OPM's ``Guide to 
Processing Personnel Actions.''
    Injury, in relation to the RPL, has the meaning given that term in 
Sec.  353.102 of this chapter.
    Overseas has the meaning given that term in Sec.  210.102 of this 
chapter.
    Qualified refers to an RPL registrant who:
    (1) Meets OPM-established or -approved qualification standards and 
requirements for the position, including minimum educational 
requirements, and agency-established selective factors (as this term is 
used in OPM's ``Operating Manual: Qualification Standards for General 
Schedule Positions'');
    (2) Will not cause an undue interruption, as defined in Sec.  
351.203 of this chapter, that would prevent the completion of required 
work by the registrant 90 days after the registrant is placed in the 
position;
    (3) Is physically qualified, with or without reasonable 
accommodation, to perform the duties of the position;
    (4) Meets any special OPM-approved qualifying conditions for the 
position; and
    (5) Meets any other applicable requirements for competitive service 
appointment.
    RPL eligible means a current or former employee of the agency who 
meets the conditions in either paragraph (a) or (b) of Sec.  330.203. 
As used in this subpart, ``RPL eligible'' and ``eligible'' are 
synonymous.
    RPL placement priority candidate means an RPL registrant who is 
qualified and available for a specific agency vacancy.
    RPL registrant means an RPL eligible who submitted a timely RPL 
application and who is registered on the agency's RPL. As used in this 
subpart, ``RPL registrant'' and ``registrant'' are synonymous.
    Vacancy means any vacant position to be filled by a competitive 
service permanent or time-limited appointment.


Sec.  330.203  RPL Eligibility.

    An employee must meet the conditions in either paragraph (a) or (b) 
of this section to be an RPL eligible.
    (a) For eligibility based on part 351 of this chapter, the 
employee:
    (1) Must be serving in an appointment in the competitive service in 
tenure group I or II;
    (2) Must have received either a specific notice of separation or a 
Certification of Expected Separation under part 351 of this chapter 
that has not been cancelled, rescinded, or modified so that the 
employee is no longer under notice of separation;
    (3) Must have received a rating of record of at least fully 
successful (Level 3) or equivalent as the most recent performance 
rating of record; and
    (4) Must not have declined an offer under part 351, subpart G, of 
this chapter of a position with the same type of work schedule and with 
a representative rate at least as high as that of the position from 
which the employee will be separated.
    (b) For eligibility based on part 353 of this chapter, the employee 
or former employee:
    (1) Must be serving in, or separated from, an appointment in the 
competitive service in tenure group I or II;
    (2) Must either have accepted a position at a lower grade or pay 
level in lieu of separation or have been separated because of a 
compensable injury or disability. (For the purposes of this subpart, 
any reference to the position from which an individual was or will be 
separated includes the position from which the RPL eligible accepted 
the lower graded or pay level position under this paragraph.);
    (3) Must have fully recovered more than 1 year after compensation 
began; and
    (4) Must have received notification from the Office of Workers' 
Compensation Programs, Department of Labor, that injury compensation 
benefits have ceased or will cease.


Sec.  330.204  Agency requirements and responsibilities.

    (a) An agency must establish policies and maintain an RPL for each 
local commuting area in which the agency has RPL eligibles.
    (b) An agency must give each RPL eligible information about its RPL 
program, including Merit Systems Protection Board appeal rights under 
Sec.  330.214, when:
    (1) The agency issues a RIF separation notice or a Certification of 
Expected Separation under part 351 of this chapter; or
    (2) The employee accepts a position at a lower grade or pay level 
or is separated from the agency because of a compensable work-related 
injury.
    (c) An agency must register an RPL eligible on the appropriate RPL 
no later than 10 calendar days after receiving the eligible's written 
application.
    (d) Agencies must include in their RPL policies established under 
this subpart how they will assist RPL eligibles who:
    (1) Request an RPL application;
    (2) Request help in completing the RPL application; and
    (3) Request help in identifying and listing on the RPL application 
those positions within the agency for which they are qualified and 
interested.
    (e) An agency must give RPL registrants placement priority for 
personnel actions as described in Sec.  330.210.
    (f) An agency must not remove an individual from the RPL under 
Sec.  330.209(a)(1), (b)(1), or (b)(2) without evidence (such as a 
Postal Service return receipt signed by addressee only) showing that 
the offer, inquiry, or scheduled interview was made in writing. The 
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scheduled interview must clearly state that failure to respond will 
result in removal from the RPL for positions at that grade or pay level 
and for positions at lower grades and pay levels for which registered.


Sec.  330.205  Agency RPL applications.

    Agencies may develop their own application format which must, at a 
minimum:
    (a) Allow an RPL eligible to register for positions at the same 
representative rate and work schedule (full-time, part-time, seasonal, 
or intermittent) as the position from which the RPL eligible was, or 
will be, separated; and
    (b) Allow an RPL eligible to specify the conditions under which he 
or she will accept a position, including grades or pay levels, 
appointment type (permanent or time-limited), occupations (e.g., 
position classification series or career groups), and minimum number of 
hours of work per week, as applicable.


Sec.  330.206  RPL registration timeframe and positions.

    (a) To register, an RPL eligible must:
    (1) Meet the eligibility conditions under Sec.  330.203(a) or (b);
    (2) Complete an RPL application prescribed by the current or former 
agency and keep the agency informed of any significant changes in the 
information provided; and
    (3) Submit the RPL application on or before the RIF separation date 
or, if an RPL eligible under Sec.  330.203(b), within 30 calendar days 
after the:
    (i) Date injury compensation benefits cease; or
    (ii) Date the Department of Labor denies an appeal for continuation 
of injury compensation benefits.
    (b) RPL eligibles may register and receive placement priority for 
positions for which they are qualified and that:
    (1) Have a representative rate no higher than the position from 
which they were, or will be, separated unless the eligible was demoted 
as a tenure group I or II employee in a previous RIF. If the eligible 
was so demoted, the eligible can register for positions with a 
representative rate up to the representative rate of the position held 
on a permanent appointment immediately before the RIF demotion was 
effective;
    (2) Have no greater promotion potential than the position from 
which they were, or will be, separated; and
    (3) Have the same type of work schedule as the position from which 
they were, or will be, separated.


Sec.  330.207  Registration area.

    (a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) through (e) of this 
section, RPL registration is limited to the local commuting area in 
which the eligible was, or will be, separated.
    (b) If the agency has, or will have, no competitive service 
positions remaining in the local commuting area from which the RPL 
eligible will be separated under part 351 of this chapter, the agency 
may designate a different local commuting area where there are 
continuing positions for the RPL eligible to exercise placement 
priority. The agency has sole discretion over whether to offer this 
option and which local commuting area to designate, taking into 
consideration the size and locations of its workforce, available 
vacancies, and available funds.
    (c) If the RPL eligible agreed to transfer with his or her function 
under part 351 of this chapter but will be separated by RIF from the 
gaining competitive area, registration is limited to the RPL covering 
the gaining competitive area's local commuting area.
    (d) For an individual who is eligible under Sec.  330.203(b), 
registration is initially limited to the RPL covering the local 
commuting area of the position from which the employee was separated. 
The agency must establish a fair and consistent policy that permits RPL 
eligibles to expand their registration to available local commuting 
areas mutually acceptable to the RPL eligible and the agency, up to 
agency-wide as required by 5 U.S.C. 8151. (For example, an agency could 
consider the number and location(s) of its positions and funding 
availability when establishing its policies on expanding 
consideration.) In lieu of expanded registration, the agency policy may 
provide for the RPL eligible to elect to receive placement priority for 
the next best available position in the former local commuting area.
    (e) If the RPL eligible was, or will be, separated from an overseas 
position (see part 301 of this chapter), RPL registration is limited to 
the local commuting area in which the eligible was, or will be, 
separated, unless:
    (1) The agency approves a written request by the RPL eligible for 
registration in the local commuting area from which employed for 
overseas service, or in another area within the United States that is 
mutually acceptable to the eligible and the agency; or
    (2) The agency has a formal program for rotating employees between 
overseas areas and the United States, and the RPL eligible's preceding 
and prospective overseas service would exceed the maximum duration of 
an overseas duty tour in the rotation program. In this case, the 
eligible may register for a local commuting area within the United 
States that is mutually acceptable to the eligible and the agency.


Sec.  330.208  Duration of RPL registration.

    (a) RPL registration expires 2 years from the date of reduction in 
force separation under part 351 of this chapter, or 2 years from the 
date the agency registers the RPL eligible because of recovery from a 
compensable work injury under Sec.  330.206(a)(3)(i) or (ii). An RPL 
eligible remains registered for the full 2-year period unless the 
registrant is removed from the RPL for a reason specified in Sec.  
330.209.
    (b)(1) OPM may extend the registration period when an RPL eligible 
does not receive a full 2 years of placement priority, for example, 
because of an agency's administrative or procedural error.
    (2) Either the agency or the RPL eligible may request OPM to extend 
the registration period under paragraph (b)(1) of this section. The 
request must describe the administrative or procedural error that 
caused the RPL eligible to be registered for less than the full 2-year 
period. OPM may request additional information either from the agency 
or the RPL eligible in connection with any such request. OPM will 
notify both the agency and the RPL eligible of the decision to approve 
or deny an extension request. OPM's decision regarding an extension 
request is not subject to appeal under Sec.  330.214.


Sec.  330.209  Removal from an RPL.

    (a) An RPL registrant is removed from the RPL at all registered 
grades or pay levels if the registrant:
    (1) Declines or fails to reply to the agency's inquiry about an RPL 
offer of a career, career-conditional, or excepted appointment without 
time limit for a position having the same type of work schedule and a 
representative rate at least as high as the position from which the 
registrant was, or will be, separated;
    (2) Receives a written cancellation, rescission, or modification 
to:
    (i) The RIF separation notice or Certification of Expected 
Separation so that the employee no longer meets the conditions for RPL 
eligibility in Sec.  330.203(a); or
    (ii) The notification of cessation of injury compensation benefits 
so that injury compensation benefits continue;
    (3) Separates from the agency for any other reason (such as 
retirement, resignation, or transfer) before the RIF separation 
effective date. Registration continues if the RPL registrant retires on

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or after the RIF separation effective date. This paragraph does not 
apply to an RPL registrant under Sec.  330.203(b);
    (4) Requests the agency to remove his or her name from the RPL;
    (5) Is placed in a position without time limit at any grade or pay 
level within the agency;
    (6) Is placed in a position under a career, career-conditional, or 
excepted appointment without time limit at any grade or pay level in 
any agency; or
    (7) Leaves the area covered by an overseas RPL (see 5 CFR part 301) 
or is ineligible for continued overseas employment because of previous 
service or residence.
    (b) An RPL registrant is removed from the RPL at registered grades 
or pay levels with a representative rate at and below the 
representative rate of a position offered by the agency if the offered 
position is below the last grade or pay level held and the registrant:
    (1) Declines or fails to reply to the agency's inquiry about an RPL 
offer of a career, career-conditional, or excepted appointment without 
time limit for a position meeting the acceptable conditions shown on 
the RPL registrant's application; or
    (2) Declines or fails to appear for a scheduled interview.
    (c) An RPL registrant removed from the RPL under paragraph (b) of 
this section at lower grades or pay levels than the last grade or pay 
level held remains on the RPL for positions with a representative rate 
higher than the offered position up to the grade or pay level last 
held, unless registration expires or otherwise terminates.
    (d) Declination of time-limited employment does not affect RPL 
eligibility.


Sec.  330.210  Applying RPL placement priority.

    (a) RPL placement priority applies to:
    (1) Permanent and time-limited positions to be filled by 
competitive service appointment; and
    (2) The grade or pay level at which the agency fills the position. 
If a position is available at multiple grades or pay levels, placement 
priority applies at the grade or pay level at which the position is 
ultimately filled.
    (b) An agency must not effect a permanent or time-limited 
competitive service appointment of another individual if there is an 
RPL placement priority candidate registered for the vacancy, unless the 
action is listed as an exception in Sec.  330.211.
    (c) An agency must document that there are no RPL placement 
priority candidates for the vacancy when requesting a competitive 
certificate of eligibles under part 332 of this chapter. Similarly, an 
agency must offer the vacancy to any RPL placement priority 
candidate(s) before effecting an appointment under a noncompetitive 
appointing authority, such as under part 315 of this chapter.
    (d) Once an agency has ensured there are no RPL placement priority 
candidates for a particular vacancy and documents in writing an 
employment offer that is accepted by another individual, the agency may 
fulfill that employment offer to that individual.


Sec.  330.211  Exceptions to RPL placement priority.

    An agency may effect the following personnel actions as exceptions 
to Sec.  330.210:
    (a) Fill a vacancy with an employee of the agency's current 
permanent competitive service workforce through detail or position 
change, subject to the requirements of subpart F of this part;
    (b) Appoint a 10-point preference eligible through an appropriate 
appointing authority;
    (c) Appoint a current or former employee exercising restoration 
rights under part 353 of this chapter based on return from military 
service or recovery from a compensable injury or disability within 1 
year;
    (d) Appoint a current or former employee exercising other statutory 
or regulatory reemployment rights;
    (e) Fill a specific position when all RPL placement priority 
candidates decline an offer of the position or fail to respond to a 
written agency inquiry about their availability;
    (f) Convert an employee serving under an appointment that provides 
noncompetitive conversion eligibility to a competitive service 
appointment, including from:
    (1) A Veterans Recruitment Appointment under part 307 of this 
chapter;
    (2) An appointment under 5 U.S.C. 3112 and part 316 of this chapter 
of a veteran with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 
percent or more; and
    (3) An excepted service appointment under part 213 of this chapter, 
such as for persons with disabilities or in the Presidential Management 
Fellow Program, the Student Career Experience Program, or the Federal 
Career Intern Program;
    (g) Reappoint without a break in service to the same position 
currently held by an employee serving under a temporary appointment of 
1 year or less (only to another temporary appointment not to exceed 1 
year or less);
    (h) Extend an employee's temporary or term appointment up to the 
maximum permitted by the appointment authority or as authorized by OPM; 
or
    (i) Appoint an individual under an excepted service appointing 
authority.


Sec.  330.212  Agency flexibilities.

    An agency may provide the following flexibilities within its 
written RPL policies established under this subpart:
    (a) Allow RPL eligibles to register only for certain sub-areas of a 
local commuting area when the agency has components dispersed 
throughout a large commuting area. However, an agency cannot deny 
registration throughout the local commuting area if the RPL eligible 
requests it.
    (b) Suspend an RPL registration for all positions, permanent and 
time-limited, if the agency is unable, through documented written 
means, to contact the RPL registrant; however, the agency must 
reactivate an RPL registration when the registrant submits an updated 
application or otherwise requests reactivation in writing. Registration 
suspension and reactivation do not change the expiration date of the 
original registration period set in Sec.  330.208.
    (c)(1) Modify the OPM or OPM-approved qualification standard used 
to determine if an RPL eligible is qualified for a position, provided 
the:
    (i) Exception is applied consistently and equitably in filling a 
position;
    (ii) RPL registrant meets any minimum educational requirements for 
the position; and
    (iii) RPL registrant has the capacity, adaptability, and special 
skills needed to satisfactorily perform the duties and responsibilities 
of the position, as determined by the agency.
    (2) Any modification to the qualification standard under paragraph 
(c)(1) of this section does not authorize a waiver of the selection 
order required under Sec.  330.213.
    (d) Permit RPL eligibles to register for positions with work 
schedules different from the work schedule of the position from which 
they were, or will be, separated.
    (e) Permit RPL registrants to update their qualifications or 
conditions for accepting positions during the RPL registration period. 
If an agency provides this flexibility in its RPL policies, the agency 
must update the RPL registrant's registration information within 10 
calendar days of receipt of the registrant's written request. The 
updated registration information would apply only to those vacancies 
becoming available after the agency updates the RPL registrant's 
registration.

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Sec.  330.213  Selection from an RPL.

    (a) Methods. An agency must adopt one of the selection methods in 
paragraphs (b), (c), or (d) of this section for a single RPL. The 
agency may adopt the same method for each RPL it establishes or may 
vary the method by location, but it must adopt a written policy for 
each RPL it establishes and maintains. While an agency may not vary the 
method used for an individual vacancy, it may at any time change the 
selection method for all positions covered by a single RPL.
    (b) Retention standing order. For each vacancy to be filled, the 
agency places qualified RPL placement priority candidates in tenure 
group and subgroup order in accordance with part 351 of this chapter. 
In making a selection, an agency may not pass over a candidate in 
tenure group I to select from tenure group II and, within a tenure 
group, may not pass over a candidate in a higher subgroup to select 
from a lower subgroup. Within a subgroup, an agency may select any 
candidate without regard to order of retention standing.
    (c) Numerical scoring. (1) For each vacancy to be filled, the 
agency rates RPL placement priority candidates according to their job 
experience and education. The agency must use job-related evaluation 
criteria for the position to be filled that can distinguish differences 
in qualifications measured and must apply the criteria in a fair and 
consistent manner. The agency assigns the candidates a numerical score 
of at least 70 on a scale of 100, based on the evaluation criteria 
developed under this paragraph. The agency must grant 5 additional 
points to veterans' preference eligibles under 5 U.S.C. 2108(3)(A) and 
(B), and 10 additional points to veterans' preference eligibles under 5 
U.S.C. 2108(3) (C) through (G).
    (2) RPL placement priority candidates with an eligible numerical 
score are ranked in the following order:
    (i) Veterans' preference eligibles having a compensable service-
connected disability of 10 percent or more in the order of their 
augmented ratings, unless the position to be filled is a professional 
or scientific position at or above the GS-9 level, or equivalent; and
    (ii) All other candidates in the order of their augmented ratings. 
At each score, candidates entitled to 10-point veterans' preference 
will be entered ahead of all other candidates, and those entitled to 5-
point veterans' preference will be entered ahead of those candidates 
not entitled to veterans' preference.
    (3) The agency must make its selection from among the highest three 
candidates available and may not pass over a veterans' preference 
eligible to select a nonpreference eligible.
    (d) Alternative rating and selection. (1) For each vacancy to be 
filled, the agency may use alternative rating and selection procedures 
(also called category rating) as described in 5 U.S.C. 3319 and part 
337 of this chapter. The agency assesses RPL placement priority 
candidates against job-related evaluation criteria and then places them 
into two or more pre-defined quality categories.
    (2) To use this method, the agency must:
    (i) Establish a system for evaluating RPL placement priority 
candidates that provides for two or more quality categories;
    (ii) Define each quality category through job analysis conducted in 
accordance with the ``Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection 
Procedures'' at 29 CFR part 1607 and part 300 of this chapter. Each 
quality category must have a clear definition that distinguishes it 
from other quality categories; and
    (iii) Place candidates into the appropriate quality categories 
based upon their job-related competencies, knowledge, skills, and 
abilities.
    (3) Veterans' preference must be applied as prescribed in 5 U.S.C. 
3319(b) and (c)(2). Veterans' preference points as prescribed in 
paragraph (c)(1) of this section are not applied under this method.
    (4) The agency must make its selection from the highest quality 
category in accordance with its category rating policy established 
under part 337 of this chapter.
    (e) Application-based procedure. (1) An agency may adopt an 
application-based procedure which allows RPL registrants to apply 
directly for RPL placement priority under an advertised vacancy 
announcement. Before using this procedure, the agency must establish 
policies and procedures for:
    (i) Informing RPL registrants of available vacancies;
    (ii) Informing RPL registrants of acceptable application formats, 
including how to permanently change initial registration information 
and how to apply changes only to the specific vacancy announcement for 
which the application is made;
    (iii) Determining the method under which the RPL registrant will be 
rated and ranked (paragraph (b), (c), or (d) of this section); and
    (iv) Informing each RPL registrant who applies under this method 
whether he or she was determined to be an RPL placement priority 
candidate and the outcome of the selection process, if the candidate 
was referred for selection.
    (2) RPL registrants may not be removed from the RPL for failure to 
apply for a vacancy under this paragraph. Registration continues until 
it expires or the registrant is removed from the RPL under Sec.  
330.209.


Sec.  330.214  Appeal rights.

    An RPL registrant who believes the agency violated his or her 
reemployment rights under this subpart by employing another person who 
otherwise could not have been appointed properly may appeal to the 
Merit Systems Protection Board under the Board's regulations in part 
1200 of this chapter.

Subpart C--[Reserved]

Subpart D--Positions Restricted to Preference Eligibles


Sec.  330.401  Restricted positions.

    Under 5 U.S.C. 3310, competitive examinations for the positions of 
custodian, elevator operator, guard, and messenger (referred to in this 
subpart as restricted positions) are restricted to preference eligibles 
as long as a preference eligible is available. For more information on 
these restricted positions, refer to the OPM Delegated Examining 
Operations Handbook.


Sec.  330.402  Exceptions to restriction.

    (a) An agency may fill a restricted position with a nonpreference 
eligible under the following circumstances:
    (1) By competitive examination when no preference eligible applies;
    (2) By position change (promotion, demotion, or reassignment) to a 
position in the organizational entity (i.e., the part of an agency from 
which selections are normally made for promotion or reassignment to the 
position in question) in which the nonpreference eligible is employed;
    (3) By reemployment in the agency where the nonpreference eligible 
was formerly employed when he or she is being appointed from the 
Reemployment Priority List under subpart B of this part;
    (4) By reinstatement in the agency where the nonpreference eligible 
was formerly employed when he or she was last separated because of 
disability retirement; or
    (5) By reappointment of certain temporary employees as provided for 
in part 316 of this chapter.
    (b) Except as indicated in paragraph (a) of this section, OPM must 
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any other agency noncompetitive action (e.g., under an authority 
specified in part 315 of this chapter) to fill a restricted position 
with a nonpreference eligible.


Sec.  330.403  Positions brought into the competitive service.

    An agency may convert the appointment of a nonpreference eligible 
whose restricted position was brought into the competitive service 
under part 316 of this chapter, and who meets the requirements for 
conversion under part 315 of this chapter, to career or career 
conditional appointment.


Sec.  330.404  Displacement of preference eligibles occupying 
restricted positions in contracting out situations.

    An individual agency and OPM both have additional responsibilities 
when the agency decides, in accordance with the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) Circular A-76, to contract out the work of a 
preference eligible who holds a restricted position. These additional 
responsibilities as described in Sec. Sec.  330.405 and 330.406 are 
applicable if a preference eligible holds a competitive service 
position (other than in the Government Printing Office) that is:
    (a) A restricted position as designated in 5 U.S.C. 3310 and Sec.  
330.401; and
    (b) In tenure group I or II, as defined in Sec.  351.501(b)(1) and 
(2) of this chapter.


Sec.  330.405  Agency placement assistance.

    An agency that separates a preference eligible from a restricted 
position by reduction in force under part 351 of this chapter because 
of a contracting out situation covered in Sec.  330.404 must, 
consistent with Sec.  330.603, advise the employee of the opportunity 
to participate in available career transition programs. The agency is 
also responsible for:
    (a) Applying OMB's policy directives on the preference eligible's 
right of first refusal for positions that are contracted out to the 
private sector; and
    (b) Cooperating with State units as designated or created under 
title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to retrain displaced 
preference eligibles for other continuing positions.


Sec.  330.406  OPM placement assistance.

    OPM's responsibilities include:
    (a) Assisting agencies in operating positive placement programs, 
such as the Career Transition Assistance Plan, which is authorized by 
subpart F of this part;
    (b) Providing interagency selection priority through the 
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan, which is authorized by 
subpart G of this part; and
    (c) Encouraging cooperation between local Federal activities to 
assist these displaced preference eligibles in applying for other 
Federal positions, including positions with the U.S. Postal Service.


Sec.  330.407  Eligibility for the Interagency Career Transition 
Assistance Plan.

    (a) A preference eligible who is separated from a restricted 
position by reduction in force under part 351 of this chapter because 
of a contracting out situation covered in Sec.  330.404 has interagency 
selection priority under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance 
Plan, which is authorized by subpart G of this part.
    (b) A preference eligible covered by this subpart is eligible for 
the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan for 2 years following 
separation by reduction in force from a restricted position.

Subpart E--Restrictions To Protect Competitive Principles


Sec.  330.501  Purpose.

    The restrictions in this subpart are designed to prevent 
circumvention of the open competitive examination system defined in 
Civil Service Rule 1.3 (5 CFR 1.3). These restrictions limit an 
appointee's immediate movement to another position after appointment 
from a competitive certificate of eligibles.


Sec.  330.502  General restriction on movement after competitive 
appointment.

    (a) An agency must wait at least 90 days after an employee's latest 
nontemporary competitive appointment before the agency may take the 
following actions:
    (1) Promote an employee;
    (2) Transfer, reinstate, reassign, or detail an employee to a 
different position; or
    (3) Transfer, reinstate, reassign, or detail an employee to a 
different geographical area.
    (b) Upon written request from an agency, OPM may waive the 
restriction against movement to a different geographical area when 
moving such an employee is consistent with open competition principles.


Sec.  330.503  Ensuring agency compliance with the principles of open 
competition.

    OPM will review appointments made from competitive examinations and 
subsequent position changes to determine if agencies are complying with 
open competition principles. The fact that an agency waited 90 days to 
make the changes, as required under this subpart, is not an absolute 
protection. If OPM finds that an agency has not complied with these 
principles, either in an individual instance or on a program-wide 
basis, OPM will order an agency to correct the situation.


Sec.  330.504  Exception to the general restriction.

    The restrictions in this subpart do not apply to a person who is 
eligible for a competitive appointment from a certificate of eligibles 
under part 332 of this chapter.

Subpart F--Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) for 
Local Surplus and Displaced Employees


Sec.  330.601  Purpose.

    (a) An agency's Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides 
intra-agency selection priority for the agency's eligible surplus and 
displaced employees. This subpart sets forth minimum requirements for 
agency plans and establishes requirements for CTAP selection priority.
    (b) Consistent with these regulations and at their discretion, an 
agency may supplement these requirements to expand career transition 
opportunities to its surplus and displaced workers.
    (c) With prior OPM approval, an agency may operate an alternate 
placement program that satisfies the basic requirements of this subpart 
as an exception to CTAP selection priority under this subpart. This 
provision allows agencies to adopt different placement strategies that 
are effective for their programs while satisfying employee entitlements 
to selection priority.


Sec.  330.602  Definitions.

    For purposes of this subpart:
    Agency means an Executive agency as defined in 5 U.S.C. 105.
    CTAP eligible means an agency surplus or displaced employee who has 
a current performance rating of record of at least fully successful 
(Level 3) or equivalent. As used in this subpart, ``CTAP eligible'' and 
``eligible'' are synonymous.
    CTAP selection priority candidate means a CTAP eligible who applied 
for and was determined to be well-qualified by the agency and whom the 
agency must select over any other applicant for the vacancy, unless the 
action to be taken is listed as an exception under Sec.  330.609.
    Displaced describes an agency employee in one of the following two 
categories:
    (1) A current career or career-conditional (tenure group I or II) 
competitive service employee at grade GS-15 (or equivalent) or below 
who:

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    (i) Received a reduction in force (RIF) separation notice under 
part 351 of this chapter and has not declined an offer under part 351, 
subpart G, of this chapter of a position with the same type of work 
schedule and a representative rate at least as high as that of the 
position from which the employee will be separated; or
    (ii) Received a notice of proposed removal under part 752 of this 
chapter for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the 
local commuting area (e.g., a directed reassignment or change in duty 
station).
    (2) A current excepted service employee on an appointment without 
time limit at grade level GS-15 (or equivalent) or below who:
    (i) Is covered by a law providing both noncompetitive appointment 
eligibility to, and selection priority for, competitive service 
positions; and
    (ii) Received a RIF separation notice under part 351 of this 
chapter or a notice of proposed removal under part 752 of this chapter 
for declining a directed geographic relocation outside the local 
commuting area (e.g., a directed reassignment or a change in duty 
station).
    Surplus describes an agency employee in one of the following three 
categories:
    (1) A current career or career-conditional (tenure group I or II) 
competitive service employee at grade GS-15 (or equivalent) or below 
who received a Certification of Expected Separation under part 351 of 
this chapter or other official agency certification or notification 
indicating that the employee's position is surplus (for example, a 
notice of position abolishment or a notice of eligibility for 
discontinued service retirement).
    (2) A current excepted service employee on an appointment without 
time limit at grade GS-15 (or equivalent) or below who:
    (i) Is covered by a law providing both noncompetitive appointment 
eligibility to, and selection priority for, competitive service 
positions; and
    (ii) Received a Certification of Expected Separation under part 351 
of this chapter or other official agency certification or notification 
indicating that the employee's position is surplus (for example, a 
notice of position abolishment or a notice of eligibility for 
discontinued service retirement).
    (3) A current excepted service employee on a Schedule A or B 
appointment without time limit at grade level GS-15 (or equivalent) or 
below who is in an agency offering CTAP selection priority to its 
excepted service employees and who:
    (i) Received a Certification of Expected Separation under part 351 
of this chapter or other official agency certification indicating that 
the employee is surplus (for example, a notice of position abolishment, 
or notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement); or
    (ii) Received a RIF notice of separation under part 351 of this 
chapter or a notice of proposed removal under part 752 of this chapter 
for declining a directed geographic relocation outside the local 
commuting area (e.g., a directed reassignment or a change in duty 
station).
    Vacancy means a vacant competitive service position at grade GS-15 
(or equivalent) or below to be filled for a total of 121 days or more, 
including all extensions, regardless of whether the agency issues a 
specific vacancy announcement.


Sec.  330.603  Requirements for agency CTAPs.

    (a) Each agency must establish a CTAP for its surplus and displaced 
employees. Each agency must send its plan, and any modifications, to 
OPM, Employee Services, after approval by an authorized agency 
official.
    (b) Each agency must uniformly and consistently apply its CTAP and 
these regulations to all surplus and displaced employees.
    (c) In addition to a description of the agency's selection priority 
policies required by Sec.  330.604, a CTAP must describe the agency's 
policies with regard to how it will provide career transition services 
to all its surplus and displaced agency employees, including excepted 
service and Senior Executive Service employees. The plan must describe:
    (1) The types of career transition services the agency will 
provide;
    (2) Policies on employees' and former employees' use of transition 
services and facilities, including:
    (i) Excused absences for transition-related activities;
    (ii) Access to services or facilities after separation;
    (iii) Orientation sessions on career transition services and 
information as described in Sec.  330.608(a) and (b), respectively;
    (iv) Retraining policies;
    (v) Access to agency CTAP services and resources by all employees, 
including those with disabilities, those in field offices, and those in 
remote sites;
    (vi) Access to other Federal, State, and local resources available 
to support career transition for employees with disabilities; and
    (vii) Availability of employee assistance programs and services.
    (d) An agency's CTAP must also describe the agency's policies and 
procedures for its Reemployment Priority List established under subpart 
B of this part and the Interagency Career Transition Placement Plan 
established under subpart G of this part.


Sec.  330.604  Requirements for agency CTAP selection priority.

    In addition to the overall requirements of Sec.  330.603, an 
agency's CTAP must describe:
    (a) How the agency will provide CTAP selection priority to surplus 
and displaced employees for vacancies in the local commuting area 
before selecting any other candidate from either within or outside the 
agency;
    (b) Procedures for reviewing CTAP eligibles' qualifications and 
resolving qualification issues or disputes;
    (c) Decisions involving discretionary areas under Sec.  330.607 
(such as whether excepted service employees will receive CTAP selection 
priority, priority of surplus versus displaced employees, designation 
of agency components, and selection priority beyond the local commuting 
area); and
    (d) When and how the agency will inform its surplus and displaced 
employees about CTAP eligibility criteria, as required by Sec.  
330.608(b), how to apply for agency vacancies, and how to request CTAP 
selection priority.


Sec.  330.605  Agency responsibilities for deciding who is well-
qualified.

    (a) An agency must define what constitutes a well-qualified 
candidate for its specific vacancies, consistent with this subpart, and 
uniformly apply that definition to all CTAP eligibles being considered 
for the vacancy.
    (b) An agency must conduct an independent second review and 
document the specific job-related reasons whenever a CTAP eligible is 
determined to be not well-qualified under the agency's definition. The 
agency must give the CTAP eligible the written results of this review 
as required by Sec.  330.608(e).


Sec.  330.606  Minimum criteria for agency definition of ``well-
qualified''.

    (a) At a minimum, the agency must define ``well-qualified'' as 
having knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies clearly 
exceeding the minimum qualification requirements for the vacancy. The 
agency definition may or may not equate to the highly or best qualified 
assessment criteria established for the vacancy; however, the agency 
definition of ``well-qualified'' must

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satisfy the criteria in paragraph (b) of this section.
    (b) Under an agency's definition of ``well-qualified,'' the agency 
must be able to determine whether a CTAP eligible:
    (1) Meets the basic eligibility requirements (including employment 
suitability requirements under part 731 of this chapter and any medical 
qualifications requirements), qualification standards (including 
minimum educational and experience requirements), and any applicable 
selective factors;
    (2) Is physically qualified, with or without reasonable 
accommodation, to perform the essential duties of the position;
    (3) Meets any special qualifying conditions of the position;
    (4) Is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position 
upon entry; and
    (5) At agency discretion, either:
    (i) Rates at or above specified level(s) on all quality ranking 
factors; or
    (ii) Rates above minimally qualified in the agency's rating and 
ranking process.


Sec.  330.607  Applying CTAP selection priority.

    (a) An agency must not place any other candidate from within or 
outside the agency into a vacancy if there is an available CTAP 
selection priority candidate, unless the personnel action to be 
effected is an exception under Sec.  330.609.
    (b) In accordance with the conditions of part 300, subpart E, of 
this chapter, an agency may not procure temporary help services under 
that subpart until a determination is made that no CTAP eligible is 
available.
    (c) CTAP selection priority applies to a vacancy that:
    (1) Is at a grade or pay level with a representative rate no higher 
than the representative rate of the grade or pay level of the CTAP 
eligible's permanent position of record;
    (2) Has no greater promotion potential than the CTAP eligible's 
permanent position of record;
    (3) Is in the same local commuting area as the CTAP eligible's 
permanent position of record;
    (4) Is filled during the CTAP eligible's eligibility period; and, 
if applicable,
    (5) Is filled under the same excepted appointing authority as the 
CTAP eligible's permanent position of record if the CTAP eligible is an 
excepted service employee and the agency CTAP provides selection 
priority in the excepted service.
    (d) An agency may take actions under Sec.  335.102 of this chapter 
to place a permanent competitive service employee into a vacancy if 
there are no CTAP eligible employees in the local commuting area or if 
no CTAP eligibles apply for the vacancy.
    (e) An agency component may place a component employee within the 
local commuting area in the vacancy after the component applies CTAP 
selection priority to its employees.
    (f) If there are two or more CTAP selection priority candidates for 
a vacancy, the agency may place any of them. An agency may decide the 
specific order of selection among CTAP selection priority candidates. 
For example, an agency may:
    (1) Provide a displaced candidate higher priority than a surplus 
candidate; or
    (2) Provide an internal component candidate higher priority than 
another component's candidate.
    (g) After an agency makes the vacancy available to its CTAP 
eligibles and meets its obligation to any CTAP selection priority 
candidates, the agency may place into the vacancy any other permanent 
competitive service candidate from within its workforce, under 
appropriate staffing procedures.
    (h) An agency may provide CTAP selection priority to eligible 
employees from another commuting area after fulfilling its obligation 
to CTAP selection priority candidates in the local commuting area.
    (i) An agency may deny a CTAP eligible future selection priority if 
the eligible:
    (1) Declines an offer of a permanent appointment at any grade or 
pay level in the competitive or excepted service; or
    (2) Fails to respond within a reasonable period of time, as defined 
by the agency, to an offer of a permanent appointment at any grade or 
pay level in the competitive or excepted service.
    (j) Before appointing an individual from outside the agency's 
permanent competitive service workforce, the agency must follow the 
requirements of subparts B and G of this part.


Sec.  330.608  Other agency CTAP responsibilities.

    (a) An agency must make a career transition orientation session 
available to all agency surplus and displaced employees with 
information on selection priority under this subpart and subparts B and 
G. Such orientation sessions may be in person or web-based through an 
agency automated training system or intranet.
    (b) An agency must give each agency CTAP eligible written 
information on selection priority under its plan, explaining how to 
locate and apply for agency vacancies and request selection priority. 
The agency may meet this requirement by providing a copy of its CTAP 
established under Sec.  330.603.
    (c) An agency must take reasonable steps to ensure that agency CTAP 
eligibles have access to information on all vacancies, including how 
CTAP eligibles can apply, what proof of eligibility is required, and 
the agency definition of ``well-qualified'' for the vacancy.
    (d) If the agency can document that there are no CTAP eligibles in 
a local commuting area, the agency need not post the vacancy for CTAP 
eligibles.
    (e) An agency must provide a CTAP eligible who applied for a 
specific vacancy written notice of the final status of his or her 
application, including whether the eligible was determined to be well-
qualified. The agency notice must include the results of the 
independent, second review under Sec.  330.605(b), if applicable; 
whether another CTAP selection priority candidate was hired; whether 
the position was filled under an exception listed in Sec.  330.609; and 
whether the recruitment was cancelled.


Sec.  330.609  Exceptions to CTAP selection priority.

    An agency may take the following personnel actions as exceptions to 
Sec.  330.607:
    (a) Reemploy a former agency employee with regulatory or statutory 
reemployment rights, including the reemployment of an injured worker 
who either has been restored to earning capacity by the Office of 
Workers' Compensation Programs, Department of Labor, or has received a 
notice that his or her compensation benefits will cease because of full 
recovery from the disabling injury or illness;
    (b) Reassign or demote an employee under part 432 or 752 of this 
chapter;
    (c) Appoint an individual for a period limited to 120 or fewer 
days, including all extensions;
    (d) Reassign agency employees between or among positions in the 
local commuting area (sometimes called job swaps) when there is no 
change in grade or promotion potential and no actual vacancy results;
    (e) Convert an employee currently serving under an appointment 
providing noncompetitive conversion eligibility to a competitive 
service appointment, including from:
    (1) A Veterans Recruitment Appointment under part 307 of this 
chapter;
    (2) An appointment under 5 U.S.C. 3112 and part 316 of this chapter 
of a veteran with a compensable service-

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connected disability of 30 percent or more; and
    (3) Make an excepted service appointment under part 213 of this 
chapter, such as for persons with disabilities or in the Presidential 
Management Fellow Program, the Student Career Experience Program, or 
the Federal Career Intern Program;
    (f) Effect a personnel action under, or specifically in lieu of, 
part 351 of this chapter;
    (g) Effect a position change of an employee into a different 
position as a result of a formal reorganization, as long as the former 
position ceases to exist and no actual vacancy results;
    (h) Assign or exchange an employee under a statutory program, such 
as subchapter VI of chapter 33 of title 5, United States Code (also 
called the Intergovernmental Personnel Act), or the Information 
Technology Exchange Program under chapter 37 of title 5, United States 
Code;
    (i) Appoint an individual under an excepted service appointing 
authority;
    (j) Effect a position change of an employee within the excepted 
service;
    (k) Detail an employee within the agency;
    (l) Promote an employee for a period limited to 120 or fewer days, 
including all extensions;
    (m) Effect a position change of a surplus or displaced employee in 
the local commuting area;
    (n) Effect a position change of an employee under 5 U.S.C. 8337 or 
8451 to allow continued employment of an employee who is unable to 
provide useful and efficient service in his or her current position 
because of a medical condition;
    (o) Effect a position change of an employee to a position that 
constitutes a reasonable offer as defined in 5 U.S.C. 8336(d) and 
8414(b);
    (p) Effect a position change of an employee resulting from a 
reclassification action (such as accretion of duties or an action 
resulting from application of new position classification standards);
    (q) Promote an employee to the next higher grade or pay level of a 
designated career ladder position;
    (r) Recall a seasonal or intermittent employee from nonpay status;
    (s) Effect a position change of an injured or disabled employee to 
a position in which he or she can be reasonably accommodated;
    (t) Effect a personnel action pursuant to the settlement of a 
formal complaint, grievance, appeal, or other litigation;
    (u) Reassign or demote an employee under Sec.  315.907 of this 
chapter for failure to complete a supervisory or managerial 
probationary period;
    (v) Retain an individual whose position is brought into the 
competitive service under part 316 of this chapter and convert that 
individual, when applicable, under part 315 of this chapter;
    (w) Retain an employee covered by an OPM-approved variation under 
Civil Service Rule 5.1 (5 CFR 5.1);
    (x) Reemploy a former agency employee who retired under a formal 
trial retirement and reemployment program and who requests reemployment 
under the program's provisions and applicable time limits;
    (y) Extend a time-limited promotion or appointment up to the 
maximum period allowed (including any OPM-approved extensions beyond 
the regulatory limit on the time-limited promotion or appointment), if 
the original action was made subject to CTAP selection priority and the 
original announcement or notice stated that the promotion or 
appointment could be extended without further announcement;
    (z) Transfer an employee between agencies under appropriate 
authority during an interagency reorganization, interagency transfer of 
function, or interagency mass transfer;
    (aa) Appoint a member of the Senior Executive Service into the 
competitive service under 5 U.S.C. 3594;
    (bb) Transfer an employee voluntarily from one agency to another 
under a Memorandum of Understanding or similar agreement under 
appropriate authority resulting from an interagency reorganization, 
interagency transfer of function, or interagency mass transfer, when 
both the agencies and the affected employee agree to the transfer;
    (cc) Reassign an employee whose position description or other 
written mobility agreement provides for reassignment outside the 
commuting area as part of a planned agency rotational program; or
    (dd) Transfer or a position change of an employee under part 412 of 
this chapter.
    (ee) Convert an employee's time-limited appointment in the 
competitive or excepted service to a permanent appointment in the 
competitive service if the employee accepted the time-limited 
appointment while a CTAP eligible.


Sec.  330.610  CTAP eligibility period.

    (a) CTAP eligibility begins on the date the employee meets the 
definition of surplus or displaced in Sec.  330.602.
    (b) CTAP eligibility ends on the date the employee:
    (1) Separates from the agency either voluntarily or involuntarily;
    (2) Receives a notice rescinding, canceling, or modifying the 
notice which established CTAP eligibility so that the employee no 
longer meets the definition of surplus or displaced;
    (3) Is placed in another position within the agency at any grade or 
pay level, either permanent or time-limited, before the agency 
separates the employee; or
    (4) Is appointed to a career, career-conditional, or excepted 
appointment without time limit in any agency at any grade or pay level.


Sec.  330.611  Establishing CTAP selection priority.

    (a) CTAP selection priority for a specific agency vacancy begins 
when:
    (1) The CTAP eligible submits all required application materials, 
including proof of eligibility, within agency-established timeframes; 
and,
    (2) The agency determines the eligible is well-qualified for the 
vacancy.
    (b) An agency may allow CTAP eligible employees to become CTAP 
selection priority candidates for positions in other local commuting 
areas only if there are no CTAP selection priority candidates within 
the local commuting area of the vacancy.
    (c) An agency may deny future CTAP selection priority for agency 
positions if the CTAP eligible declines an offer of permanent 
appointment at any grade level (whether it is a competitive or excepted 
appointment).


Sec.  330.612  Proof of eligibility.

    (a) The CTAP eligible must submit a copy of one of the documents 
listed under the definition of displaced or surplus in Sec.  330.602 to 
establish selection priority under Sec.  330.611.
    (b) The CTAP eligible may also submit a copy of a RIF notice with 
an offer of another position, accompanied by the signed declination of 
the offer. The RIF notice must state that declination of the offer will 
result in separation under RIF procedures.


Sec.  330.613  OPM's role in CTAP.

    OPM has oversight of CTAP and may conduct reviews of agency 
compliance and require corrective action at any time.

Subpart G--Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) 
for Displaced Employees


Sec.  330.701  Purpose.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) 
provides eligible displaced Federal employees with interagency 
selection priority for vacancies in agencies that are filling positions 
from outside their respective

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permanent competitive service workforces. The ICTAP selection priority 
does not apply in the ICTAP eligible's current or former agency and it 
does not prohibit movement of permanent competitive service employees 
within an agency, as permitted by subpart F of this part. This subpart 
establishes requirements for ICTAP selection priority.


Sec.  330.702  Definitions.

    In this subpart:
    Agency means an Executive agency as defined in 5 U.S.C. 105.
    Displaced describes an individual in one of the following 
categories:
    (1) A current career or career-conditional (tenure group I or II) 
competitive service employee of any agency at grade GS-15 (or 
equivalent) or below whose current performance rating of record is at 
least fully successful (Level 3) or equivalent and who:
    (i) Received a reduction in force (RIF) separation notice under 
part 351 of this chapter and has not declined an offer under part 351, 
subpart G, of this chapter of a position with the same type of work 
schedule and a representative rate at least as high as that of the 
position from which the employee will be separated; or
    (ii) Received a notice of proposed removal under part 752 of this 
chapter for declining a directed geographic relocation outside the 
local commuting area (e.g., a directed reassignment or a change in duty 
station).
    (2) A former career or career-conditional (tenure group I or II) 
competitive service employee of any agency at grade GS-15 (or 
equivalent) or below whose last performance rating of record was at 
least fully successful (Level 3) or equivalent who was either:
    (i) Separated by RIF under part 351 of this chapter and did not 
decline an offer under part 351, subpart G, of this chapter of a 
position with the same type of work schedule and a representative rate 
at least as high as that of the position from which the employee was 
separated; or
    (ii) Removed under part 752 of this chapter for declining a 
directed geographic relocation outside the local commuting area (e.g., 
a directed reassignment or a change in duty station).
    (3) A former career or career-conditional employee of any agency 
who was separated because of a compensable work-related injury or 
illness as provided under 5 U.S.C. chapter 81, subchapter I, whose 
compensation was terminated and who has received certification from the 
former employing agency that it is unable to place the employee as 
required by part 353 of this chapter.
    (4) A former career or career-conditional (tenure group I or II) 
competitive service employee of any agency who retired with a 
disability annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337 or 8451 and who has received 
notification from OPM that the disability annuity has been or will be 
terminated.
    (5) A former Military Reserve Technician or National Guard 
Technician receiving a special disability retirement annuity under 5 
U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456 and who has certification of such annuity from 
the military department or National Guard Bureau.
    (6) A current or former excepted service employee on an appointment 
without time limit at grade GS-15 (or equivalent) or below whose 
current or last performance rating of record is or was at least fully 
successful (Level 3) or equivalent and who:
    (i) Has been provided by law with both noncompetitive appointment 
eligibility and selection priority for competitive service positions; 
and
    (ii) Has received a RIF separation notice under part 351 of this 
chapter or notice of proposed removal under part 752 of this chapter 
for declining a directed geographic relocation outside the local 
commuting area (e.g., a directed reassignment or a change in duty 
station) or has been separated by RIF procedures or removed for 
declining a geographic relocation outside the local commuting area.
    ICTAP eligible means an individual who meets the definition of 
displaced. As used in this subpart, ``ICTAP eligible'' and ``eligible'' 
are synonymous.
    ICTAP selection priority candidate means an ICTAP eligible who 
applied for a vacancy, was determined by the agency to be well-
qualified for that vacancy, and who the agency must select over any 
other candidate from outside the agency's current competitive service 
workforce for the vacancy, unless the action to be taken is listed as 
an exception under Sec.  330.707.
    Vacancy means a vacant competitive service position at grade GS-15 
(or equivalent) or below to be filled for 121 days or more, including 
extensions.


Sec.  330.703  Agency responsibilities for deciding who is well-
qualified.

    (a) Agencies must define ``well-qualified'' for their specific 
vacancies, consistent with this subpart, and uniformly apply that 
definition to all ICTAP eligibles being considered for the vacancy.
    (b) Agencies must conduct an independent second review and document 
the specific job-related reasons whenever an ICTAP eligible is 
determined to be not well-qualified for the vacancy under the agency's 
definition. An agency must give the ICTAP eligible the written results 
of this review as required by Sec.  330.706(d).


Sec.  330.704  Minimum criteria for agency definition of ``well-
qualified''.

    (a) At a minimum, agencies must define ``well-qualified'' as having 
knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies clearly exceeding the 
minimum qualification requirements for the vacancy. The agency 
definition may or may not equate to the highly or best qualified 
assessment criteria established for the vacancy; however, the agency 
definition of ``well-qualified'' must satisfy the criteria in paragraph 
(b) of this section.
    (b) Under an agency's definition of ``well-qualified,'' the agency 
must be able to determine whether an ICTAP eligible:
    (1) Meets the basic eligibility requirements (including employment 
suitability requirements under part 731 of this chapter and any medical 
qualification requirements), qualification standards (including minimum 
educational and experience requirements), and any applicable selective 
factors;
    (2) Is physically qualified, with or without reasonable 
accommodation, to perform the essential duties of the position;
    (3) Meets any special qualifying conditions of the position;
    (4) Is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position 
upon entry; and
    (5) At agency discretion, either:
    (i) Rates at or above specified level(s) on all quality ranking 
factors; or
    (ii) Rates above minimally qualified in the agency's rating and 
ranking process.


Sec.  330.705  Applying ICTAP selection priority.

    (a) An agency must not appoint any candidate from outside its 
permanent competitive service workforce if there is an ICTAP selection 
priority candidate available for the vacancy, unless the personnel 
action to be effected is an exception under Sec.  330.707.
    (b) ICTAP selection priority applies to a vacancy that:
    (1) Is at a grade or pay level with a representative rate no higher 
than the representative rate of the grade or pay level of the ICTAP 
eligible's current or last permanent position of record;
    (2) Has no greater promotion potential than the ICTAP eligible's 
current or last permanent position of record;

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    (3) Is in the same local commuting area as the ICTAP eligible's 
current or last permanent position of record; and
    (4) Is filled during the ICTAP eligible's eligibility period.
    (c) An agency may appoint any ICTAP selection priority candidate 
for a vacancy.
    (d)(1) After an agency announces the vacancy and meets its 
obligation to any ICTAP selection priority candidates, the agency may 
appoint any other candidate from outside its current permanent 
competitive service workforce, under appropriate staffing procedures.
    (2) An agency may make additional selections or reissue selection 
certificates in accordance with its merit promotion program without 
readvertising for ICTAP eligibles only if the additional selections are 
made from the applicant pool established by the original vacancy 
announcement, including readvertisements for the same vacancy, under 
which ICTAP eligibles had an opportunity to apply.
    (e) An agency may deny an ICTAP eligible future selection priority 
for vacancies in that agency if the ICTAP eligible:
    (1) Declines an offer of a permanent appointment at any grade or 
pay level in the competitive or excepted service; or
    (2) Fails to respond within a reasonable period of time, as defined 
by the agency, to an offer or official inquiry of availability for a 
permanent appointment at any grade or pay level in the competitive or 
excepted service.
    (f) An agency may deny an ICTAP eligible future selection priority 
for a position previously obtained through ICTAP if the eligible was 
terminated or removed from that position under part 432 or 752 of this 
chapter.


Sec.  330.706  Other agency ICTAP responsibilities.

    (a) Before appointing any other candidate from outside the agency's 
permanent competitive service workforce, the agency must first fulfill 
its obligation to any employees entitled to selection priority under 
subparts B and F of this part.
    (b) In accordance with the conditions of part 300, subpart E, of 
this chapter, an agency may not procure temporary help services under 
that subpart until a determination is made that no ICTAP eligible is 
available.
    (c) An agency must announce all vacancies it intends to fill from 
outside its permanent competitive service workforce. Vacancy 
announcements must meet the requirements of subpart A of this part.
    (d) An agency must provide an ICTAP eligible who applied for a 
specific vacancy written notice of the final status of his or her 
application, including whether the eligible was determined to be well-
qualified. The agency notice must include the results of the 
independent second review under Sec.  330.703(b), if applicable; 
whether another ICTAP selection priority candidate was hired; whether 
the position was filled under an exception listed in Sec.  330.707; and 
whether the recruitment was cancelled.


Sec.  330.707  Exceptions to ICTAP selection priority.

    An agency may take the following personnel actions as exceptions to 
Sec.  330.705:
    (a) Place a current or reinstate a former agency employee with RPL 
selection priority under subpart B of this part;
    (b) Effect a position change of a current permanent competitive 
service agency employee;
    (c) Appoint a 10-point veteran preference eligible through an 
appropriate appointing authority;
    (d) Reemploy a former agency employee with regulatory or statutory 
reemployment rights, including the reemployment of an injured worker 
who either has been restored to earning capacity by the Office of 
Workers' Compensation Programs, Department of Labor, or has received a 
notice that his or her compensation benefits will cease because of 
recovery from disabling injury or illness;
    (e) Appoint an individual for a period limited to 120 or fewer 
days, including all extensions;
    (f) Effect a personnel action under, or specifically in lieu of, 
part 351 of this chapter;
    (g) Appoint an individual under an excepted service appointing 
authority;
    (h) Convert an employee serving under an appointment that provides 
noncompetitive conversion eligibility to a competitive service 
appointment, including from:
    (1) A Veterans Recruitment Appointment under part 307 of this 
chapter;
    (2) An appointment under 5 U.S.C. 3112 and part 316 of this chapter 
of a veteran with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 
percent or more; and
    (3) An excepted service appointment under part 213 of this chapter, 
such as for persons with disabilities or in the Presidential Management 
Fellow Program, the Student Career Experience Program, or the Federal 
Career Intern Program;
    (i) Transfer an employee between agencies under appropriate 
authority during an interagency reorganization, interagency transfer of 
function, or interagency mass transfer;
    (j) Reemploy a former agency employee who retired under a formal 
trial retirement and reemployment program and who requests reemployment 
under the program's provisions and applicable time limits;
    (k) Effect a personnel action pursuant to the settlement of a 
formal complaint, grievance, appeal, or other litigation;
    (l) Extend a time-limited appointment up to the maximum period 
allowed (including any OPM-approved extension past the regulatory limit 
on the time-limited appointment), if the original action was made 
subject to ICTAP selection priority and the original vacancy 
announcement stated that the appointment could be extended without 
further announcement;
    (m) Reappoint a former agency employee into a hard-to-fill position 
requiring unique skills and experience to conduct a formal skills-based 
agency training program;
    (n) Retain an individual whose position is brought into the 
competitive service under part 316 of this chapter and convert that 
individual, when applicable, under part 315 of this chapter;
    (o) Retain an employee covered by an OPM-approved variation under 
Civil Service Rule 5.1 (5 CFR 5.1);
    (p) Appoint an appointee of the Senior Executive Service into the 
competitive service under 5 U.S.C. 3594;
    (q) Assign or exchange an employee under a statutory program, such 
as subchapter VI of chapter 33 of title 5, United States Code (also 
called the Intergovernmental Personnel Act), or the Information 
Technology Exchange Program under chapter 37 of title 5, United States 
Code;
    (r) Detail an employee to another agency;
    (s) Transfer employees under an OPM-approved interagency job swap 
plan designed to facilitate the exchange of employees between agencies 
to avoid or minimize involuntary separations;
    (t) Transfer or reinstate an ICTAP eligible who meets the agency's 
definition of ``well-qualified'';
    (u) Transfer an employee voluntarily from one agency to another 
under a Memorandum of Understanding or similar agreement under 
appropriate authority resulting from an interagency reorganization, 
interagency transfer of function, or interagency realignment, when both 
the agencies and the affected employee agree to the transfer; or
    (v) Transfer or a position change of an employee under part 412 of 
this chapter.

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Sec.  330.708  ICTAP eligibility period.

    (a) ICTAP eligibility begins on the date the employee or former 
employee meets the definition of displaced in Sec.  330.702.
    (b) ICTAP eligibility ends 1 year from the date of:
    (1) Separation by RIF under part 351 of this chapter;
    (2) Removal by the agency under part 752 of this chapter for 
declining a directed geographic relocation outside the local commuting 
area (e.g., a directed reassignment or a change in duty station);
    (3) Agency certification that it cannot place the employee under 
part 353 of this chapter; or
    (4) OPM notification that an employee's disability annuity has 
been, or will be, terminated.
    (c) ICTAP eligibility ends 2 years after RIF separation if eligible 
under subpart D of this part.
    (d) ICTAP eligibility also ends on the date the eligible:
    (1) Receives a notice rescinding, canceling, or modifying the 
notice which established ICTAP eligibility so that the employee no 
longer meets the definition of displaced in Sec.  330.702;
    (2) Separates from the agency for any reason before the RIF or 
removal effective date; or
    (3) Is appointed to a career, career-conditional, or excepted 
appointment without time limit in any agency at any grade or pay level.
    (e) OPM may extend the eligibility period when an ICTAP eligible 
does not receive a full 1 year (or 2 years under subpart D of this 
part) of eligibility, for example, because of administrative or 
procedural error.
    (f) ICTAP eligibility for a former Military Reserve Technician or 
National Guard Technician described in Sec.  330.702 ends when the 
Technician no longer receives the special disability retirement annuity 
under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.


Sec.  330.709  Establishing ICTAP selection priority.

    ICTAP selection priority for a specific vacancy begins when:
    (a) The ICTAP eligible submits all required application materials, 
including proof of eligibility, within agency-established timeframes; 
and
    (b) The agency determines the eligible is well-qualified for the 
vacancy.


Sec.  330.710  Proof of eligibility.

    (a) The ICTAP eligible must submit a copy of one of the documents 
listed under paragraphs (1) or (3) through (6) of the definition of 
displaced in Sec.  330.702, as applicable, to establish selection 
priority under Sec.  330.709. To establish selection priority under the 
paragraph (2) of the definition of displaced in Sec.  330.702, the 
ICTAP eligible must submit documentation of the separation or removal, 
as applicable, for example, the Notification of Personnel Action, SF 
50.
    (b) The ICTAP eligible may also submit a copy of the RIF notice 
with an offer of another position accompanied by the signed declination 
of that offer. The RIF notice must state that declination of the offer 
will result in separation under RIF procedures.


Sec.  330.711  OPM's role in ICTAP.

    OPM has oversight of ICTAP and may conduct reviews of agency 
compliance and require corrective action at any time.

Subpart H--[Reserved]

Subpart I--[Reserved]

Subpart J--Prohibited Practices


Sec.  330.1001  Withdrawal from competition.

    An applicant for competitive examination, an eligible on a 
register, and an officer or employee in the executive branch of the 
Government may not persuade, induce, or coerce, or attempt to persuade, 
induce, or coerce, directly or indirectly, a prospective applicant to 
withhold filing application, or an applicant or eligible to withdraw 
from competition or eligibility, for a position in the competitive 
service, for the purpose of improving or injuring the prospects of an 
applicant or eligible for appointment. OPM will cancel the application 
or eligibility of an applicant or eligible who violates this section, 
and will impose such other penalty as it considers appropriate.

Subpart K--[Reserved]

Subpart L--[Reserved]

PART 335--PROMOTION AND INTERNAL PLACEMENT

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4. The authority citation for part 335 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 3301, 3302, 3330; E.O. 10577, 3 CFR 1954-
1958 Comp., p. 218; 5 U.S.C. 3304(f), and Pub. L. 106-117.


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5. In Sec.  335.105, remove ``Sec.  330.707 of subpart G'' and add, in 
its place, ``part 330, subpart A''.

PART 337--EXAMINING SYSTEM

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6. The authority citation for part 337 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  5 U.S.C. 1104(a), 1302, 2302, 3301, 3302, 3304, 
3319, 5364; E.O. 10577, 3 CFR 1954-1958 Comp., p. 218; 33 FR 12423, 
Sept. 4, 1968; and 45 FR 18365, Mar. 21, 1980; 116 Stat. 2135, 2290; 
and 117 Stat. 1392, 1665.

Sec.  337.203  [Amended]

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7. In Sec.  337.203, remove ``subpart G'' and add, in its place, 
``subpart A''.

PART 410--TRAINING

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8. The authority citation for part 410 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 4101, et seq.; E.O. 11348, 3 CFR, 1967 
Comp., p. 275.

Sec.  410.307  [Amended]

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9. In Sec.  410.307:
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a. In paragraph (c)(3), remove the phrase ``5 CFR 330.604(b) and (f)'' 
and add in its place the phrase, ``5 CFR 330.602''.
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b. In paragraph (c)(4), remove the phrase ``5 CFR 330.602'' and add in 
its place the phrase, ``5 CFR part 330, subpart F''.

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