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CA1  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, June 30, 2021 12:51:14 PM(UTC)
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I am a current federal employee with the US Senate Sergeant at Arms. I just started browsing some open positions with various agencies in USAJOBS and came to realize I don't have a copy of my SF-50. I reached out to HR and they advised me that the US Senate does not use SF-50's but rather something similar called a Transcript of Service. The Transcript of Service contains no where near as much information as the SF-50 does and is a pretty basic piece of paper. I was under the impression that all federal agencies used an SF-50 for their employees?

So my question is, will not having an official SF-50 prevent me from being able to apply for any positions that are available to Excepted Service Federal Employees (even though I am 99% sure I am one)?

I can understand the Senate not using SF-50's for all employees, as I am sure we use the same HR as those individuals that get hired on as Senate staffers and, to my knowledge, I do not think that they are considered a "federal employee". Although I could be wrong! But I would think for the Sergeant at Arms that they would definitely provide an SF-50, especially considering we take part in FERS and TSP and all the other Federal Employee perks/benefits.
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, June 30, 2021 2:34:19 PM(UTC)
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As you are in the Excepted Service, you should be free to apply for any Excepted or Career position open to the public. I don't believe your Excepted status is transferrable, although it will add to your time in service!
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, June 30, 2021 4:11:31 PM(UTC)
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As far as I am aware, I am in Excepted Service. While the Transcript of Service from my HR doesn't have much information, it does say "Exc Appt." under action type on my hire date.

If in fact I am excepted service, I just don't know how I'd apply to those positions open for excepted employees on USAJOBS without an official SF-50 to show that qualifying status for me.
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#4 Posted : Thursday, July 1, 2021 3:04:39 AM(UTC)
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As far as I am aware, I am in Excepted Service. While the Transcript of Service from my HR doesn't have much information, it does say "Exc Appt." under action type on my hire date.

If in fact I am excepted service, I just don't know how I'd apply to those positions open for excepted employees on USAJOBS without an official SF-50 to show that qualifying status for me.
I believe the issue is you work for the Legislative Branch, not the executive branch (which most federal employees work for). Even elected officials and their staffers pay into TSP and FERS, so that alone isn't a determining factor. Your Transcript of Service should work (especially if your Resume says you work for the SAA). I doubt you would be the first to move from there to another agency.

You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
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#5 Posted : Thursday, July 1, 2021 5:44:48 AM(UTC)
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You also need to discover if there is an Interchange Agreement between your excepted system employer and the competitive service. "Interchange Agreements With Other Merit Systems Authorities: Civil Service Rule 6.7 (5 CFR 6.7 (external link)" at https://www.usajobs.gov/.../interchange-agreements/ is a good place to start. An Interchange Agreement basically allows your service time and everything conditioned on it to be carried over to the competitive service.
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#6 Posted : Tuesday, July 6, 2021 11:07:43 AM(UTC)
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I too was once excepted service (Exec Branch) but I did get SF50s. That said, I also found that I could only apply for other excepted service or Open to Public positions, UNLESS I had prior competitive service time which I did.
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