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2003 Federal Employment 
from A to Z

Table of Contents 

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Part 1 Overview of Federal Employment

Recent Developments Impacting Federal Employees

Federal Pay Increase
Cost of Living Increase
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Changes
    Catch-up Contributions
    Tax Credits
Teleworking on the Rise!
Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI)
    New Withholding Rates
    New Age Bands
    New Record Keeping System
Homeland Security Bill
    Effects on Federal Workers
    The DHS Personnel System
    What Does the Legislation Say
Mass Exodus of Federal Retirees
Outsourcing of Federal Jobs

Different Types of Federal Employment

Executive Branch
    Competitive Service
    Excepted Service
    Foreign Service
    Postal Service
Legislative Branch
Judicial Branch

Different Types of Job Appointments and Schedules

Job Appointments
Probationary and Career-Conditional periods
Temporary, TAPER and Term Appointments
Excepted Positions
Overseas Appointments
Job (Work) Schedules
Alternative Work Schedules (AWS)
Interchange Agreements

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Part II - The ABC's of Getting Hired by the Feds

What Jobs Can I Apply For?

First Time Federal Job Hunter
Seasoned Federal Employee
Military Personnel
DC Government Employees
ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles
Priority Placement Program (PPP)
Commuting Area Candidates
United States Postal Employees
Appointment of Former "Action" Volunteers
Peace Corps Employees
Foreign Service Employees
Disabled & Handicapped Individuals

What are the requirements to get a Federal Job?

Basic Qualifications
Age Requirements
Physical and Medical Requirements
Civil Service Exams

How do I Find and Apply for a Federal Job?

Vacancy Announcements
Applying For A Federal Job
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Selective Service
Delegated Examining Unit (DEU)

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Part III - Life After You've Landed A Federal Job

What Kind of Salary Can You Expect?

January 2003 Pay Adjustments
Salary Tables for 2003
    General Schedule
    Law Enforcement
    Information Technology
    Senior Executive Service
    Certain Engineers
    Medical Officers
    Certain Clerical Workers
    Foreign Service
    Postal Service
Federal Wage System (FWS) (Prevailing Rates)
Cost-of-Living Allowance

What Kind of Benefits Can I Expect?

Recruitment Bonuses
Retention Allowances
Overtime Pay
Night Pay
Compensatory Time Off
Sunday Pay
Availability Pay
Incentive Awards
Hazardous Duty Pay
Evacuation Payments
Severance Pay
Lunch and Other Meal Periods
Leave (Annual & Sick)

Moving from Federal Job to Federal Job

Transfers/Lateral Transfers
Merit Promotions
Detail/Transfer to International Organizations

Travel, Transportation and Relocation

Relocation Bonuses
Federal Travel Regulations (FTR)
Hours of Work for Travel
Per Diem Rates

Other Miscellaneous items

Security Clearance/Background Checks
Drug Testing
Direct Deposit
Performance Appraisals
Reduction-In-Force (RIF's)
Buyouts/Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay (VSIP)
Grade/Pay Retention
Within-Grade Increase
Quality Step Increases
Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA)
Employee Training
Student Loan Repayments

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Part IV - The Fruits of Your Labor

Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI)
Changes to Life Insurance Coverage
    Life Insurance Q&A
    Miscellaneous Provisions
    Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
    Calculation Your Life Insurance Withholdings
    Newly Eligible Employees
    Table of Withholding Rates
    Life Insurance Worksheet Instructions

Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program

    Program Features
    Fee-For-Service Plans
    Point Of Service (POS) Plans
    Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO's)
    Opportunities to Changes Coverage (Open Season)
    Coordination of Benefits
    OPM Responsibilites
    Premium Conversion
    Eligibility for Health Benefits

Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP)

    Long Term Care Partners
    What is Long Term Care (LTC)?
    About Long Term Care Insurance
    Understanding LTC Insurance
    LTC Basic Features
    Who is Eligible to Apply?
    Coverage Choiices
    Features Included
    Original Effective Date
    Tax Qualified
    Exclusions - What's Not Covered?
    Benefit Eligibility
    Payment of Benefits
    Benefit Changes
    Continuation of Coverage
    Reinstatement of Coverage

Tricare for Life

Federal Retirement Systems

Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS)
2003 Cost-of-Living Increases
Unused Sick Leave
    Civil Service Annuity Checks
    Credit for Military Service
    Disability Retirement
    CSRS Offset Employees
    Rehires and Conversions
    Special Employee Groups
    Thrift Savings Plan & CSRS

Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)
    Social Security & FERS
    Social Security Taxes and FERS
    Basic Benefit Plan
    Retirement Options
    Special Groups of Employees
    Special Retirement Supplement
    Disability Benefits
    Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA's) and FERS
    Thrift Savings Plan & FERS
    Investment Options
    Tax Advantages
    Loan Program
    Withdrawing Your Funds
    CSRS/FERS Comparison Table
    Exclusions From Retirement Coverage
    2003 Cost-Of-Living Adjustments

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

TSP Major Features
    Participating in the TSP
    Tax Advantages of the TSP
    Understanding Agency Contributions
    Understanding Your TSP Account
    Projecting Your Account Balance
    Worksheet To Estimate Your TSP Growth
    Your Investment Options
    Interfund Transfers
    TSP Loan Program
    In-Service Withdrawals
    Withdrawing Money After You Separate
    TSP Annuities
    Spouses' Rights
    The New Record Keeping System

Part V - Federal Employee Programs    

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Federal Employees Education & Assistance Fund (FEEA)

    Federal Assistance Program
    FEEA Scholarships 2003-2004
    FEEA Student Loans
    FEEA General Information
Government Employees Training Act (GETA)

Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program

Alternative Dispute Resolution Program

SES Candidate Development Program

Veterans Programs

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998
    Veterans Preference
    Veterans Readjustment Appointment Authority (VRA)
    30 Percent of More Disabled Veterans

Student Programs

    Student Loan Repayment Program
    Student Educational Employment Program
    Student Career Intern Program
    Federal Student Internships Programs
    Presidential Management Intern Program (PMI)
Outstanding Scholar & Bilingual/Bicultural Program

Part VI - Federal Offices/Unions/Associations

Federal Agencies & Commissions

Federal Retirement & Insurance Coordinators

Federal Employee Unions & Associations

Part VII - Federal Occupations

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Federal Pay Systems

Statutory Pay Systems
    Other Major Pay Systems

What is the General Schedule?

Occupational Series
Grade Levels
    General Schedule (GS) Occupational Groups And Series

Federal Wage System (Wage Grade/Blue Collar)

    FWS Occupational Series

What Occupation Does Your College Degree Equate To?

College Majors

Which Civilian Jobs Match Your Military Experience?

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Part VIII - Appendices

Appendix 1 - Additional Sources of Information About Federal Employment

    Office of Special Counsel (OCS)
    Freedom Of Information Act
    The Hatch Act
    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
    Age Discrimination in Employment Act
    Equal Pay Act
    Americans with Disabilities Act (Titles I and V)
    The Civil Rights Act of 1991
    Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)
    Adjudicatory Authorities
    Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
    Office of Government Ethics (OGE)
    Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA)
    Office of the General Counsel (OGC)
    Federal Service Impasses Panel
    Foreign Service Labor Relations Board
    Foreign Service Impasse Disputes Panel
    Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA)

Appendix 2 - Demographics of Federal Employment

Profile of Federal Civilian Non-Postal Employees

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