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#1 Posted : Thursday, March 31, 2011 10:54:35 PM(UTC)

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Experienced FEDS Help!

Ok, I have been a federal employee since 2004. From 2004 to 2009 I was a WG-3806-10 with the DoD on aircraft and dabbling heavily in large scale logistics. I loved my job, made great money, but amassed a significant amount of education and wanted to move on. Plus, a new manning document was coming down that painted a bleak picture for all of us. My pay equivalent was a GS-11 step 5...which I earned from 2004 to 2009. None of this time has EVER been counted for TIG by the way. It has only been used for my SCD and Leave. 

I was offered a position at the U.S. Department of State in 2009 as an HR Specialist starting a a GS-5 step 10 with a ladder to GS-12. However, at the time I was offered "save pay" if I accepted the position. So, I jumped at the opportunity. To make a long story short the "save pay" never came through and I went from making the in the mid 60k range in NY to the low 40k range in DC. I was not pleased. 

From State, I moved on to OPM as a Background Investigator in early 2010 as a GS-7 step 10 with a ladder to 12. The pay was better but the job was not for me. In late 2010 I was offered a technician position at the SEC as an SK-5 with the same pay as a GS-7 step 9. I was promoted early to the SK-6 with pay slightly above a GS-7 step 10. I have recently been selected for an SK-7 position in my office as a Program Specialist with promotion potential to SK-9 (around GS-11 step 8 max pay). However, my job is incredibly boring. I basically handle the data input for FOIA requests...a very clerical position with no true professional development opportunities. However, the benefits for working at the SEC are great. 

Now I have been offered a PSC position with the U.S. Department of State handling secure logistics and transport. The pay was offered at the GS-11 step 1. I really enjoy this line of work and would really look forward to taking the position. However, I am a bit worried about the whole PSC thing. I am really being hurt by TIG requirements at the moment. I am 85 percent done with my Master's and generally apply for GS-9 positions based upon a combination of experience and education. 

Now, if I accept the PSC position which is rated at the GS-11, I will essentially be leaving the government and have a break in service but receive an increase in pay and responsibilities from the government. So, if I were to officially leave the government for over 52 weeks and receive the same pay and workload complexity as a GS-11, could I come back to the government and apply for GS-12 positions based upon my new experience after completing 52 weeks as a PSC? Would my previously held federal grades come into play, or would I essentially be bypassing the TIG requirement and getting back to a salary that I worked hard to earn as a WG employee?

Note: I am also a VET and have never been picked up for a position on the VRA/VEOA. Could this also help if I were to leave? Could I still apply as a status candidate? 


#2 Posted : Friday, April 01, 2011 3:48:46 AM(UTC)

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I am confused..how is moving to Dept of State leaving the govenrment?
#3 Posted : Friday, April 01, 2011 8:40:38 AM(UTC)

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It is a PSC position: Personal Services Contract. I would be under contract directly with the Department of State. So, no TSP, I have to find my own benefits although they pay 50 percent of my annual premium, no status, etc. 1 year contract extendable to 4 years. 
#4 Posted : Friday, April 01, 2011 11:15:31 AM(UTC)

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Skipping all the extra stuff - if you qualify for a 12 you can apply for a 12.  Getting it might be a different matter
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