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Small Potato  
#1 Posted : Thursday, July 2, 2020 9:15:43 AM(UTC)
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I am a term employee at USGS. When my term was over, and without discussion, my personnel file was loaded with a SF-50 that extended my term for 6 months. That extension is coming to an end in two weeks and I’d rather not stay. How do I properly go about letting my superiors know that I want leave—for good? Is a resignation in order or a simple email? Thanks for the clarification, in advance.
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#2 Posted : Thursday, July 2, 2020 1:53:51 PM(UTC)
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I am a term employee at USGS. When my term was over, and without discussion, my personnel file was loaded with a SF-50 that extended my term for 6 months. That extension is coming to an end in two weeks and I’d rather not stay. How do I properly go about letting my superiors know that I want leave—for good? Is a resignation in order or a simple email? Thanks for the clarification, in advance.


I’d recommend simply telling your supervisor that you don’t want to be extended, and you plan to move on to different opportunities at the end of the current extension. Worse case, submit a resignation effective same day your current term is scheduled to end.
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Small Potato on 7/2/2020(UTC)
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#3 Posted : Thursday, July 2, 2020 3:18:24 PM(UTC)
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I am a term employee at USGS. When my term was over, and without discussion, my personnel file was loaded with a SF-50 that extended my term for 6 months.
Just out of curiosity... how long was the original term for?

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My original term was one year.
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#5 Posted : Friday, July 3, 2020 12:21:56 PM(UTC)
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Are you taking another federal job? If so, do NOT resign. You'll want to transfer, with no break in service.

And, btw, if your original term was for less than one year and one day, you were on a temporary contract. When you were extended, you became a Term employee. That makes a LOT of difference in terms of benefits and a couple of other things. Nevertheless, if you're taking another federal job, make sure that you transfer, and not resign.
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It doesn’t sound like OP is transferring, rather just not wanting to continue on term.
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And, btw, if your original term was for less than one year and one day, you were on a temporary contract. When you were extended, you became a Term employee. That makes a LOT of difference in terms of benefits and a couple of other things
That's why I was wondering what the original period of employment was.

Is that correct, that if you go past 365 days you become "term?"

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#8 Posted : Monday, July 6, 2020 4:46:21 AM(UTC)
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"Is that correct, that if you go past 365 days you become "term?" "

As far as I know, no. If you go past 365 days you'll have just started a new temporary contract. Each of the kinds of employment are separate and by and large can't slide into another one. There are term employments where in the original announcement there can be a sentence saying that the appointment 'may' be converted to permanent, career, but otherwise, if you're hired as a term employee, you're a term employee. A temporary appointment is temporary. A career position is career.
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Send an email to your boss and coworkers that says something like "Thank you very much for the chance to learn and grow and interact with wonderful people! My temporary appointment is now bearings its end and i am moving on to other opportunities. I wish you all the best!"

Then if they renew you, you just tell your boss that you already have something arranged.

Boss: "we've extended you!"

You: "Im so sorry, I wish I would have known. But I ive already made plans."

Boss: "Id hoped you stay on..."

You: "Unfortunately, considering the uncertainty I just can't. The job market is rough and is just going to get worse and I need something more stable."

Boss: "I might be able to swing you a permanent position"

You: "It pays more"

Boss: "how much does it pay. Maybe we can match it."

You: "Its you. Im leaving to get away."

Boss: "tell me what it is that im doing. Maybe its just a misunderstanding."

You: "Your ugly, you smell. I have have fantasies about stabbing you with a letter opener. Im leaving before I violate the workplace violence policy and end up in prison."

Boss: "Think about this honestly, what can we do to make you stay?"

You: "Im grabbing the letter opener...."


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