Effective Date: September 27, 2022
Expiration Date: September 27, 2027
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5.1.1 The RPL is a placement program that provides reemployment consideration for competitive service vacancies. RPL registrants are given priority consideration for competitive service vacancies over applicants external to the NASA competitive service workforce. This chapter is to be used in conjunction with regulations governing 5 CFR pt. 330, subpt. B.
5.1.2 The following individuals are eligible for RPL:
a. Current and former career and career-conditional competitive service employees who are separated by RIF or have received a RIF separation notice or certificate of expected separation.
b. Individuals who have fully recovered from a compensable work-related injury.
5.1.3 CHCO or designee, has overall responsibility for ensuring Agency compliance with the statutory and regulatory requirements for maintaining and operating RPLs, including:
a. Counseling employees on program eligibility, Agency requirements, placement priorities, and appeal rights.
b. Assisting employees with completing an application or request to register in the RPL and identifying positions for which they are qualified and interested.
c. Registering eligible employees no later than ten calendar days after receipt of an application or request from the individual.
d. Establishing an RPL for each local commuting area in which the Agency has RPL eligibles.
e. Ensuring selection practices comply with regulatory requirements.
f. Submits the application for RPL registration no later than 30 calendar days after the RIF separation date.
5.2.1 Employees who are eligible for RPL registration due to a RIF are entered on the RPL in the local commuting area where the employee's former position was located. In the case of an RPL that has major components throughout a large commuting area (e.g., Headquarters and Goddard), employees may indicate availability for only one of those components if they desire.
5.2.2 Individuals who have fully recovered from a work-related compensable injury are eligible for RPL registration if the employee applies for reemployment within 30 calendar days after the date compensation ceases unless the individual has filed a formal appeal for continuation of compensation. In this case, the 30-day period begins the day after resolution of the appeal is reached.
5.2.3 Registration may occur as soon as a specific RIF notice of separation or a certification of expected separation has been issued. The employee shall submit the application within 30 calendar days after the RIF separation date. An employee who fails to submit a timely application form and resume is not entitled to be registered on the RPL.
5.2.4 Employees who are eligible for RPL registration, based on injury compensation, are entered on the RPL for the local commuting area of their former position and registered for their former position or an equivalent position (i.e., a position with the same representative rate as the employees' former position).
5.2.5 To be entered on the RPL, an eligible employee impacted by RIF shall complete the Agency application in accordance with Agency instructions and submit within the required timeframe.
5.2.6. To be entered on the RPL, an eligible employee based on a work-related injury shall request reemployment in writing within 30 calendar days after the date that compensation ceases. When an appeal for continuation of compensation is filed, the 30-day period begins the day after resolution is reached.5.2.7 If there is no placement 90 calendar days after initial registration, employees may extend their registration to additional commuting areas or expand the list of positions for placement opportunities. Employees are responsible for contacting OCHCO to request extension or expansion of their registration.
5.3.1 If a qualified individual is available on the RPL, the position generally may not be filled with a candidate outside of the Agency workforce, unless there is a specific exception in regulation.
5.3.2 Employees are considered qualified for a position if they:
a. Meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualification requirements (or, if applicable, the NASA Aerospace Technology (AST) qualification requirements) for the position, including any selective placement factors.
b. Are physically qualified to perform the duties, with or without reasonable accommodation.
c. Meet any special qualifying condition that OPM has approved for the position.
d. Meet any other applicable requirement for appointment to the competitive service.
5.4 Selection from the RPL
5.4.1 When there are multiple registrants on the RPL qualified for a position, the default Agency selection procedure is retention standing order.
5.4.2 As an alternative, the OCHCO may establish rating and ranking order as the selection procedure. If using this option, the OCHCO shall establish procedures in writing.
5.5 Termination of RPL Eligibility
5.5.1 Employees who are registered on the RPL shall be advised at the time of their registration of the circumstances that terminate their RPL eligibility, in accordance with regulatory requirements. No further notification of termination of RPL eligibility is required.
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