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Schedule A Information for Federal Agencies

  • To contact the National Security Education Program (NSEP), please email nsep@nsep.gov.
  • The David L. Boren National Security Education Act of 1991 (P.L. 102-183), as amended, codified in U.S.C. 50 §1901 et seq., mandated that the Secretary of Defense create and sustain a program to award scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students; fellowships to U.S. graduate students; and grants to U.S. institutions of higher education. These awards are for study or program development in languages and regions critical to national security, which are under-represented in U.S. study.
  • NSEP award recipients may be hired under the Schedule A Excepted Service Appointing Authority.  This authority is specified in the Code of Federal Regulations, (CFR), Title 5, Volume 1, Section 213.3102 (r).  Appointments under this authority may not exceed four (4) years.
  • Schedule A enables NSEP recipients to be hired non-competitively for publicly-open positions; positions open to only those with non-competitive eligibility; and positions that are not advertised publicly or not advertised at all, with the support of the department or agency’s hiring official.  Depending on department or agency needs, positions can be created for Schedule A hires.
  • Depending on the individual department or agency’s policies, differing funding sources may be used to hire Schedule A individuals.
  • Grade levels for Schedule A hires are determined by the academic credentials, skills and experience levels of the NSEP candidate.
  • Schedule A appointments enjoy all the privileges and benefits of agency employees, as long as they are appointed for a duration of 13 months or longer. Those hired for less than 12 months are considered “temporary” employees and thus, are not eligible for full benefits.
  • NSEP award recipients may additionally be appointed to the excepted service non-competitive eligibility to a career or career-conditional appointment upon completion of two years of substantially continuous service. This authority is specified in Section 802 of the David L. Boren National Security Education Act of 1991 (50 U.S.C. 1902) as amended by section 1101 of Public Law 111-84 National Defense Authorization Act Fiscal Year 10 (NDAA FY 10).

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