Both Schedule A (r) and NDAA’13 allow hiring managers to non-competitively appoint NSEP awardees to excepted service positions. This means that hiring managers are not required to advertise these positions to the public (through USAJOBS, for example). Most often, hiring managers use these authorities to solicit applications from NSEP awardees by posting exclusive job opportunities on NSEPnet, but some awardees have been successful in securing excepted service positions by networking or simply by drawing attention to these hiring privileges through the competitive hiring process.
Schedule A (r) leads to a temporary/term appointment, not to exceed four years. In other words, this is not a permanent position with the federal government – once the appointment comes to an end the employee is required to re-apply for the job through the competitive hiring process.
NDAA’13 leads to an excepted service appointment, but after two years of continuous service the hiring manager can non-competitively convert the employee to career- or career-conditional status. In general, this means that after one more year of service (or a total of three years from the start date) the employee would be a permanent employee of the federal government.