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How to answer questions about federal employment

In the Eligibility section of your profile, you must provide information about your current or former federal employment.

Please select the statement below which best reflects your federal employment status (if applicable).

I am not and have never been a federal civilian employee.

Select this option if you’ve never worked for the federal government. Working for a federal contractor does not qualify as working for the federal government.

I am currently a federal civilian employee.

Select this option if you’re a current employee of:

  • The Executive, Legislative, or Judicial Branches
  • An independent agency

I am a former federal civilian employee with reinstatement eligibility.

Select this option if you’re a former federal employee who held a career or career-conditional appointment with reinstatement eligibility.

I am a former federal civilian employee but do not have reinstatement eligibility.

Select this option if you’re a former federal civilian employee without reinstatement eligibility.

What is reinstatement?

You may be eligible for reinstatement if you held a career or career-conditional appointment in the federal government. Reinstatement allows former federal employees to re-enter the federal competitive service workforce without competing with the public. Learn more about reinstatement.

Are you a current federal civilian employee serving under a Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA)?

The Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA) is a hiring authority that federal agencies can use to hire eligible veterans without competing with the public. Learn more about VRA.

Select Yes if you’re a current federal employee hired under a VRA.

Indicate the pay plan, series, grade level/pay band of the highest permanent graded position you ever held as a federal civilian employee.

You must provide information about your pay, series and grade level if you’re a current or former federal employee. You can find this information on your SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (PDF, 343 KB).

Learn more about pay systems and plans.
Learn more about series and grade levels.

Are you a retiree receiving a federal annuity?

Select Yes if you’re a federal retiree receiving annuity benefits. If you’re receiving a federal annuity and then accept a new position, it may affect your annuity payments. Learn more about federal annuity.

Have you accepted a buyout from a federal agency within the past 5 years?

Some federal agencies may offer a buyout, also called a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP), to employees if the agency needs to downsize or restructure.

If you’ve accepted a buyout from a federal agency and then accept a new paid position with a federal agency within 5 years of the buyout, you’ll be required to pay the entire amount back to the agency that gave you the buyout (before you start the new job). Learn more about buyouts.

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