|NASA Headquarters' Directives|
Effective Date: May 24, 2016
Expiration Date: May 24, 2021
Responsible Office: LM4
|Student Loan Repayment Program Plan|
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Chapter 3. Recruitment
3.1 Loan repayment may be authorized upon determination that, in the absence of loan repayment benefits, the agency would have difficulty filling a position with a highly qualified candidate. Evidence of need is based on:
a. The success of recent efforts to recruit suitable candidates for similar positions, including such indicators as offer acceptance rates, the proportion of positions filled, and the length of time required to fill positions;
b. Recent turnover in the same or similar positions;
c. Labor market factors that affect the ability to recruit for similar positions;
d. Any special qualifications needed.
3.2 This determination is written with the criteria used to determine the amount of loan repayment benefits. Managers shall consider the following criteria in deciding the amount:
a. The severity of the recruiting problem;
b. Salary levels reported in published salary surveys for comparable non-Federal positions;
c. The importance/criticality of the position to be filled and the effect on the agency if it is not filled or if there is a delay in filling it;
d. Current non-federal salary of the candidate;
e. Salary documented in a competing job offer;
f. The disparity in cost of living between the candidate's current residence and the proposed duty station;
g. The projected cost of further recruitment effort if the candidate does not accept the position;
h. The extent of the individual's past training and experience that serves to qualify him/her for the position;
i. Budget availability.
3.3 Each determination for recruitment purposes and the amount to be paid is made before the employee enters on duty.