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A term appointment is a non-status appointment to a position in the competitive service for a specified period exceeding 1 year and lasting not more than 4 years.

Facts About Term Appointments

COMPETITIVE STATUS: A term appointment does not confer competitive status and you are not eligible for transfer to other agencies or for reinstatement.

PROMOTIONS, DETAILS, REASSIGNMENTS: Term employees may be promoted, demoted, detailed, or reassigned within the time limit of their appointment to other positions which the agency determines are appropriate for filling by term appointment.

WITHIN GRADE STEP INCREASES: Term employees are eligible for pay increases called within grade increases upon satisfying the required waiting period.

WORK SCHEDULES: Term employees can work full or part-time work schedules.

BENEFITS: Term employees are eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Retirement System, Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program.

LEAVE ACCRUAL: Term employees earn annual leave and sick leave. How much annual leave you earn depends on your length of Federal service. Employees with less than three years Federal service earn four hours of annual leave per two-week pay period. With three to 15 years of service, employees earn six hours of leave per pay period, and with more than 15 years of service employees earn eight hours per pay period. You earn four hours of sick leave per pay period regardless of length of service.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: All term employees must serve a 1-year trial period, including those employees appointed on the basis of reinstatement eligibility.

REDUCTION IN FORCE: (RIF) Term employees are covered by reduction in force procedures and are placed in tenure group III. Agencies are not required to use

RIF procedures to separate term employees when their appointments expire.

ADVERSE ACTIONS: Term employees have the protection in adverse actions of 5 U.S.C. 4303 and 5 U.S.C. 7511 except: (1) while serving a trial period, and (2) upon expiration of their term appointments