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#1 Posted : Sunday, January 09, 2011 11:05:46 PM(UTC)
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President Obama signed an executive order late last month abolishing the Federal Career Intern Program, which has been criticized by federal labor unions as unfair and damaging to the government’s longstanding merit-based hiring system.
 
Under the Dec. 27 executive order, current FCIP hires would be converted to the competitive service without loss of pay or benefits. At the same time, the order establishes three “Pathways” programs to entice recent college graduates to consider federal civil service.
 
A new Internship Program would provide students in high schools, colleges, trade schools and career/technical education programs with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore federal careers while still in school. It would replace the existing Student Career Experience Program.
 
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#2 Posted : Monday, January 10, 2011 6:51:20 AM(UTC)
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It's a real shame that FCIP is ending because it was one of the few federal hiring programs that looked to hire applicants based on talent and qualifications instead of just letting vets monopolize federal hiring. Vets dominate federal hiring because of vet preference. I just hope that the new Pathways program will look to hire people based on qualifications instead of just being based on preference points.
I'm here to set the record straight, tell the truth about federal hiring, and to expose things for what they really are. -Newgrad
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#3 Posted : Monday, January 10, 2011 6:54:14 AM(UTC)
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By the way Federal Soup, it's interesting you bring this discussion topic up considering one of your own forum members has already threatened a lawsuit against the new Pathways program. This is the same individual who ended FCIP and the Outstanding Scholar Program. Let's see if they can go 3 for 3.

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#4 Posted : Monday, January 10, 2011 7:15:47 AM(UTC)
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This was an excellent decision.  The original intent of FCIP was never to have a parallel track hiring process crowding out the normal, open, competitive hiring process for new hires.  It was supposed to be limited, but it just kept expanding and expanding.  FCIP jobs replaced many entry level jobs and were often not advertised, contributing to the feeling that it was "impossible" to get a federal job from the few crumbs of federal jobs left outside FCIP.

The new Pathways is a far more limited, narrowly and appropriately focused program devoted to giving a pathway to new college grads.  It will not be allowed to replace all entry-level hires in particular job series.  It keeps the positive of FCIP -- giving new college grads a chance at  being hired by the feds, not subject to a scoring system that is often too focused on work experience and thus often does not score college grads highly enough -- without the negatives of FCIP.
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#5 Posted : Thursday, January 13, 2011 8:58:25 AM(UTC)
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FCIP was a joke. Agencies like CBP decided to abuse it and only hire using it. 
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#6 Posted : Thursday, January 13, 2011 12:52:57 PM(UTC)
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JayhawkFan wrote:
FCIP was a joke. Agencies like CBP decided to abuse it and only hire using it. 


Not true... they hire the regular way too. This is what I got from them (I will leave out privacy act stuff -- I didn't get the job though I am a 10-point Disabled Vet AND an Intern at my current agency, not CBP... I scored 92 plus 10 vet points = 102):

From: CUSTOMER RESPONSE
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2010

Dear Applicant,

You were rated eligible for the GS-13 position, with a score of 102. At
this time your locations have not made a list. We do not know how far
you will be on the list. Thank you for your inquiry.



Customer Response Interactive Services (CRIS) Team

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Indianapolis Hiring Center- HRM

Phone-317-715-3000

Toll Free 1-877-290-1810

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