Career Transition Assistance Plan
|Purpose of this Subchapter||The USDA Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and this Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) Subchapter were developed to provide employees certain rights and eligibility if they are displaced due to Government reductions, downsizing, streamlining, or reorganization. The purpose of this Subchapter is to assist MRP employees, supervisors/managers, and personnelists in providing guidance on or obtaining career transition assistance.|
This Subchapter supplements the following regulations:
ACTAP -The Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan, administered by USDA, which facilitates placement of surplus and displaced USDA employees in the local commuting area (LCA).
Agency - For CTAP purposes, agency means an Executive Department
(e.g., USDA). The specific components of USDA's MRP mission area will be referred to collectively as MRP or individually as AMS, APHIS, and GIPSA.
Component - The first major subdivision of an agency (e.g., USDA) that is separately organized and clearly distinguished from other components in work function and operation. AMS, APHIS, and GIPSA are each components of USDA.
Displaced Employee - A current agency employee serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service who has received a specific reduction-in-force notice or a notice of proposed removal for declining a reassignment (see Title 5 CFR 330.604(c)(1)).
Eligible Employee - To be considered ‘eligible' for special selection priority, an employee must meet all of the following conditions:
Local Commuting Area (LCA) - The geographic area that usually constitutes one area for employment purposes. It includes any population center (or two or more neighboring ones) and the surrounding localities in which people live and can reasonably be expected to travel back and forth daily to their usual employment. The LCA is generally a 35-mile radius of a vacancy's duty station.
Reemployment Priority List (RPL) - A list of USDA's eligible separated employees within a LCA.
Surplus Employee - A current USDA employee serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service who has received notification that he/she is likely to be separated by reduction-in-force. This notification may include a certificate of expected separation or other certification issued by USDA which identifies the employee as being in a surplus organization or occupation.
Well-Qualified - Describes an affected employee who meets all of the following conditions: