Career Transition Assistance Plan
Section A - Career Transition Services
|Types of Services||
The types of services available - as resources permit - to employees affected by downsizing, streamlining, budget reductions, reorganization, or similar events, include:
Transition services may be provided through coordinated effort among USDA mission areas, through Career Transition Management Centers (CTMC's), contracts for outside services, and State Employment Dislocated Workers Units. With the implementation of this CTAP, specific orientation sessions on the use of services and eligibility for selection priority will be provided for surplus and displaced employees.
|Employees with Disabilities||MRP career transition services will be accessible to persons with disabilities. In addition, the Disability Program Manager within each MRP agency will make available information on Federal, State, or local programs/contacts to support career transition for persons with disabilities. Upon request, printed materials will be provided in suitable alternative formats. Employees may also contact the Department's Disability Program Manager for assistance.|
|Points of Contacts||MRP has established a network for providing information to affected employees, managers, and supervisors about CTAP issues:
To the extent possible, surplus/displaced employees will be retrained for other occupations within their organizations and/or USDA, before external candidates are hired to fill a vacancy. Retraining:
Supervisors are encouraged to retrain internal employees who lack specialized knowledge in a specific program area, but who possess appropriate skills to perform the job. Prudence should be used in identifying the number of courses and their cost.
Training offices in HRD, Talent Development & Management, Training & Development Branch can provide guidance on training under the CTAP. As resources permit, training offices will facilitate appropriate training, details, shadow assignments, and/or materials. All training provided by MRP will be in accordance with the Government Employees Training Act. Employees may request training through established procedures in their program areas.
Note: Affected employees who have been separated are not eligible for Government-paid training. However, affected employees who began Government-paid training before separation may complete training that extends beyond the separation date.
|Options for Retraining||
Managers and supervisors are encouraged to employ short and long-range planning to train eligible employees. Training can be derived from a wide range of opportunities, such as:
Note: Affected employees may be given priority for details that will provide experience that enhances their skills/qualifications.
|Priority for Using Transition Services||Career transition services will be available on a priority basis. Highest priority will be given to any employee with a specific reduction-in-force notice or certificate of expected separation, and to any employee on the Reemployment Priority List (RPL).|
|Official Time for Career Transition Activities||
Eligible employees are entitled to up to 40 hours of official time for career transition activities, including:
Eligible employees must request the official time for career transition activities from their supervisors, who are authorized to approve the time and will determine what documentation, if any, is required. This time will be recorded as "01", regular time. Supervisors are responsible for tracking time granted under this provision. Additional time above the 40 hours may be granted when warranted.
|Using Transition Services After Separation||A displaced MRP employee may use services and facilities, as resources permit, for up to 90 calendar days after the date of separation. This time period may be extended by written approval of the servicing personnel specialist. When an extension is granted, the employee will provide a copy of the written approval to the Career Transition Management Center to ensure that the employee's eligibility continues.|