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Can I get a federal job with a criminal record?

Having a criminal record does not automatically bar a person from most federal government positions. It does make it harder to get your foot in the door. It can hinder advancement for jobs with higher security clearance. But it should not stop you from applying for federal jobs.

Developments at OPM: Proposed "Ban the Box" Rule

Developments at OPM:  On May 2, 2016, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) published a Proposed Rule with Request for Comments in the Federal Register, 81 Fed.Reg. 26,173-26,175.  This proposed rule is part of the Administration's larger "ban the box" initiative to avoid deterring applicants with criminal records or negative credit history from applying for federal positions. 

Developments at OPM: Final Rule on National Security Positions

Developments at OPM:  On June 5, 2015, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) jointly published a Final Rule in the Federal Register (80 Fed.Reg. 32,244-32,265).  The Final Rule implemented updated regulations for agencies to designate positions as "national security positions"--and potentially excluding  affected positions from Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeal rights.  The Final Rule is effective July 6, 2015.

Developments at OPM: Guide on Protections for LGBT Federal Employees

Developments at OPM:  On June 3, 2015, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) jointly issued a new report, "Addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Federal Civilian Employment  A Guide to Employment Rights, Protections and Responsibilities."  This Guide summarizes the great extent to which the EEOC and OSC have expanded to cover sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination claims during the past 10 years.

Developments at OPM: Final Rule on Phased Retirement

Developments at OPM: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) published a Final Rule in the August 8, 2014 edition of the Federal Register (79 Fed.Reg. 46,608-46,638). The Final Rule contains OPM's final regulations for implementing the phased retirement created by Section 100121 of Pub.L. 112-141, as previously analyzed in this blog. The effective date for the rule is November 6, 2014. 

Developments at OPM: Proposed Rule on Same-Sex Marriage and FMLA

Developments at OPM:  On June 23, 2014, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a Proposed Rule in the Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 35,497-35,498).  OPM is proposing to revise the regulations governing federal-sector Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave to extend coverage to same-sex spouses of federal employees.  Comments on the Proposed Rule are due August 22, 2014.

Developments at OPM: Final Rule for Hatch Act Amendments

Developments at OPM:  On Monday, May 5, 2014, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) published a final rule in the Federal Register implementing the 2012 Hatch Act amendments.  The Final Rule can be found at 79 Fed.Reg. 25,483-25,486.  The Hatch Act amendments were analyzed previously in this blog.  The Final Rule comes into effect June 4, 2014. 

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