I’m working with a student who might have an offer for a SCEP position with the EPA. My understanding is that the agency will have 120 days to convert her to a full time position “after the completion of the SCEP” position, as long as she completes the required number of SCEP hours. However, she is interested in starting the SCEP position, doing her hours, then either quitting or taking a leave of absence to study abroad for a few months. Assuming her study abroad is more than 120 days, does she lose her chance for SCEP conversion?
Also, if she returns to work at the EPA after her leave of absence, does she have to start over with her required hours, or do the past hours count?
Hi! Try this OPM web site for a list of common questions and answers at http://www.opm.gov/employ/students/QSAS.asp. From what I know, basically the CSCEP is the hiring authority, after 120 days of when the student completes her education and work study, her CSCEP hiring eligibility expires.
It may depend on when she completes her degree – before or after her study abroad. She should discuss her situation with the hiring contact at EPA.
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