Reinstatement eligibility refers to the ability of former permanent, competitive service federal employees to apply to Federal Merit Promotion vacancies, vacancies that are not open to all U.S. citizens. The length of time a former permanent, competitive service Federal employee has reinstatement eligibility is dependent upon their total length of service. Federal employees who have served for less than 3 years on a permanent career-conditional appointment have reinstatement eligibility for 3 years following their separation from service. Federal employees who have served for more than 3 years have lifetime reinstatement eligibility. Federal employees eligible for veterans' preference also have lifetime reinstatement eligibility, regardless of their length of service.
If you are a current or former Federal employee, to determine your tenure group and reinstatement eligibility refer to your SF-50, “Notification of Personnel Action”, in the section “Employee Data”, block number 24 (“Tenure”) and block 34 (appointment type). The tenure groups are defined as follows:
Tenure Group 0 - A “0” in block 24 indicates no reinstatement eligibility and you cannot apply to agency Merit Promotion announcements as a reinstatement.
Tenure Group 1 - A “1” in block 24 along with a “1” in block 34 indicates that you are/were a career employee and have lifetime reinstatement eligibility.
Tenure Group 2 - A “2” in block 24 along with a “1” in block 34 indicates you are/were a career-conditional employee and you have reinstatement eligibility for a total of 3 years from the date of your separation from Federal service. If you are eligible for veterans' preference, and are in this category, you have indefinite reinstatement eligibility.
Tenure Group 3 - A “3” in block 24 indicates no reinstatement eligibility and you cannot apply to agency Merit Promotion announcements as a reinstatement.
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