|Initial login to the USA Staffing Onboarding system should occur via the unique login link included in your offer letter.|
If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to:
You will need to log into the system multiple times throughout the onboarding process so make sure to keep your login information handy!
Forms are assigned based on your appointment type (e.g. permanent, temporary, etc.). Read the instructions carefully to determine which forms, documents and tasks are submitted electronically and which you need to PRINT and bring with you when you report for your first day. You will not be able to move forward in the process until all assigned tasks are complete and all forms/documents are received.
All appointments in the Federal Service require some level of background investigation, screening, and/or security clearance. A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) is required for all USDA hires and must be rendered by the agency as favorable in order to secure Federal employment.
You must immediately contact your new Supervisor to find out about that Hiring Office's specific fingerprinting process.
Fingerprint cards, photocopies of your acceptable identification documents and the HRO-1197 must be returned as quickly as possible to:
USDA APHIS MRPBS HRD
250 Marquette Ave, Suite 410
Minneapolis, MN 55401
ATTN: Personnel Security Section (PSS)
Please ensure all documents are returned using FedEx or UPS with a tracking number.
If there is not a Live Scan location near you, your Hiring Office or new Supervisor will provide you with two fingerprint cards (SF87) and ask you to locate a Police Station where you can be scheduled for fingerprinting. You also must provide a completed HRO-1197 Background Investigation Supplement. Your Hiring Office or new Supervisor can answer any questions about the HRO-1197.
Any delay in keeping your fingerprinting appointment will push back your Entry on Duty (EOD) date. Please note that a small non-refundable fee may be charged by the Police Station for completing the fingerprinting.
You will be required to submit/present two (2) acceptable forms of identification several times during the onboarding process. In an effort to streamline these processes and avoid unnecessary delays, choose two (2) acceptable forms of identification and use these same two forms throughout the onboarding process. These Identification documents must have matching information on them.
NOTE: In order to be deemed, "Acceptable", it is imperative that the identity source documents have matching information (for example, if you have had a name change recently, the documents must be updated) and they are not expired.
Your in-depth background investigation will be conducted after your Entry on Duty (EOD) date via the Electronic Questionnaire for Investigative Processing (e-QIP). The Human Resources Division Personnel Security Section will send you separate e-mails with instructions on completing these tasks. A comprehensive resume is required to begin this in-depth background investigation. You must ensure that there are complete addresses and dates for ALL work entries and ALL education entries.
You will be notified via email once a determination has been made on your suitability for this position and the next steps in the employment process.
Eligibility for employee benefits depends upon your type of appointment and your tour of duty. Refer to the Benefits Page found in the related links box for additional information. Refer to the due dates identified for each of the forms.
Note: Beneficiary forms can only be accepted via hard copy and must be mailed to the appropriate office. Please follow the instructions found on each of the forms. Beneficiary forms are only necessary if you choose NOT TO follow the established Order of Precedence.
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