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Applying to CDC Positions as a Reemployed Annuitant for COVID-19
This page summarizes the characteristics of reemployment of a retired civil service annuitant supporting the COVID-19 initiative. It provides a general overview of the topic and some details on several of the key elements regarding reemployed annuitants (REAs). It also provides background information and guidance for applying to positions with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a reemployed annuitant.
- Annuitant: An individual receiving an annuity from a civil service retirement fund (Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).
- Reemployed Annuitant: An individual that has been employed by an agency and continues to receive annuity payments.
A reemployed annuitant may be appointed:
- Under any employment authority for which they are eligible; there is no specific authority for appointing reemployed annuitants
- To any position for which REAs are qualified; a REA must meet the qualification requirements for the position
- To permanent, term, or temporary positions in the competitive service or to permanent, indefinite, or time-limited positions in the excepted service
- Non-competitively, without a vacancy announcement, up to the permanent grade held previously
- To full-time, part-time, or intermittent work schedules
Note: Regardless of the appointment authority used or the longevity of the position, all reemployed annuitants serve at the will of the appointing authority, i.e., they may be released at any time based on the management needs of the organization.
Normally, under the laws governing the CSRS and FERS, a reemployed annuitant’s salary is offset (reduced) by an amount equal to their annuity. There are exceptions, discussed below.
Salary Offset Waivers
CDC may grant a waiver of the normally required salary offset, also known as a dual compensation reduction waiver. This allows the annuitant to be employed without a salary reduction using CDC may grant a waiver of the normally required salary offset, also known as a dual compensation reduction waiver. This allows the annuitant to be employed without a salary reduction in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management’s delegation of authority for dual compensation reduction (salary off-set) waivers under 5 CFR § 553.202, and redelegation of the HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary of Human Resources and Chief Human Capital Officer delegated the authority to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Human Resources Director.
This authority enables the HR Director to waive the salary off-set in order to reemploy annuitants for mission critical positions needed in support of the President’s Proclamation of March 13, 2020, declaring the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States a national emergency and mobilizing all Federal resources in response to the pandemic.
This delegated authority requirements:
- Effective July 19, 2022
- Limited to specific positions and grades
- Can only be used for temporary appointments.
- No limitation on the number of working hours, therefore, you can use part-time or full-time work schedules.
- Generally, there are no limitations on offering premium pays such as overtime as appropriate for the type of position. However, do pay close attention to the pay caps and aggregate pay limits.
- Exceptions are:
- Title 42 Consultants have other compensation limitations approved at HQ HHS Levels.
- Senior Executives Service Employees and Title 38 Physicians are not eligible for premium pays.
- Service under this waiver has no effect on the employee’s annuity entitlement; retirement contributions are not taken from pay and the additional time worked does not count for retirement entitlement purposes.
- This authority expires on June 30, 2023.
Types of Positions
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and HHS have approved the following reinstated CDC COVID-19 reemployed annuitant positions for this authority. These are critical to the agency mission needs. Positions can be domestic or international assignments.
Reinstated Approved OPM and HHS Positions for HHS for HHS Delegated Dual Compensation Reduction (Salary Off-set) Waiver Authority Amendment
|Position Title||Series||Grade Level(s)||Locations|
|Safety and Occupational Specialist/Manager||0018||11-15||All CDC Sites|
|Security Administration||0080||9-12||All CDC Sites|
|Emergency Management||0089||9-14||All CDC Sites|
|Behavioral Scientist and/or Social Scientist||0101||9-14||All CDC Sites|
|GIS Spec/Geographer||0150||13||All CDC Sites|
|Human Resources Specialist||0201||9-13||All CDC Sites|
|Human Resources Assistant||0203||5-7||All CDC Sites|
|Program Specialist||0301||9-15||All CDC Sites|
|Freedom Information Specialist||0306||12||All CDC Sites|
|Management & Program Analyst||0343||12-13||All CDC Sites|
|Logistics Management Specialist||0346||12-13||All CDC Sites|
|Telecommunications Specialist (AV)||0391||11||All CDC Sites|
|Biologist||0401||11-14||All CDC Sites|
|Microbiologist||0403||11-14||All CDC Sites|
|Biological Science Technician||0404||6||All CDC Sites|
|Financial Analyst||0501||12-13||All CDC Sites|
|Accountant||0510||12-13||All CDC Sites|
|Budget Analyst||0560||11-13||All CDC Sites|
|Health Scientist/ Epidemiologist/Health Scientist (Informatics)||0601||11-14||All CDC Sites|
|Physician||0602||11-15||All CDC Sites|
|Nurse||0610||13||All CDC Sites|
|Medical Technologist||0644||11-15||All CDC Sites|
|Medical Support Assistant||0679||6||All CDC Sites|
|Public Health Advisor/Analyst||0685||9-15||All CDC Sites|
|Industrial Hygienist Specialist||0690||12-15||All CDC Sites|
|Vet Medical Officer||0701||13||All CDC Sites|
|General Engineer||0801||7-15||All CDC Sites|
|Architect||0808||13||All CDC Sites|
|Electronics Technician||0856||10-11||All CDC Sites|
|Biomedical Engineer||0858||13-14||All CDC Sites|
|General Attorney||0905||11-14||All CDC Sites|
|Health Communications Specialist||1001||11-14||All CDC Sites|
|Public Affairs Specialist||1035||11-13||All CDC Sites|
|Audio Visual Specialist||1071||11-13||All CDC Sites|
|Writer/Editor||1082||11-13||All CDC Sites|
|Technical Writer Editor||1083||11-13||All CDC Sites|
|Visual Information Specialist||1084||11-13||All CDC Sites|
|Contract Specialist||1102||9-12||All CDC Sites|
|Grants Management Specialist||1109||12-13||All CDC Sites|
|Physical Scientist||1301||7-12||All CDC Sites|
|Operations Research Analyst||1515||13||All CDC Sites|
|Mathematical Statistician||1529||11-14||All CDC Sites|
|Statistician||1530||12-14||All CDC Sites|
|Computer Scientist||1550||12-14||All CDC Sites|
|Print Specialist||1654||12||All CDC Sites|
|Health Education Specialist||1701||11-15||All CDC Sites|
|Instructional Systems Specialist||1750||13-14||All CDC Sites|
|IT Specialist||2210||11-14||All CDC Sites|
Application Process and Requirements
Annuitants interesting in applying for a position must apply through USAJobs.gov and in the USA Jobs Agency Talent Portal.
You must also provide the following documents:
Note: USAJobs: Ensure your application is searchable and Include Reemployed Annuitant in your resume for filtering.
- Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50) documenting their retirement and the highest permanent position held
Note If you cannot find your SF-50, visit the OPM National Personnel Records Center, call 314-801-9250, fax 618-935-3014, or write a letter to the National Personnel Records Center, Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL 62295.
- OPM current Annual Annuity Statement
- Statement or email stating you will not accept the position without the salary dual-compensation waiver
For more information related to reemployed annuitants, visit CSRS and FERS Handbook, Chapter 100, Reemployed Annuitants.
Employee Pay and Benefits
Annuitants who are reemployed with a salary offset (dual compensation) waiver may be eligible for:
- Health benefits if the re-employment is for more than one year, regardless of whether the individual has coverage as an annuitant
- Annual and sick leave if the appointment exceeds 90 days and not on an intermittent work schedule
- TDY allowance if, required to travel
- Overtime hours, however, they are counted towards the maximum hour limitations under NDAA
- Overseas allowances if the position is international
Annuitants who are reemployed with a salary offset (dual compensation) waiver are not eligible for:
- Additional retirement coverage (other than Social Security coverage)
- Annual, sick leave or holiday pay if on an intermittent work schedule
A reemployed annuitant serves at the will of the agency regardless of the type or length of appointment to which they are appointed. This means that a reemployed annuitant’s appointment may be terminated at any time without regard to reduction-in-force or adverse action procedures. However, if there is a need for the agency to conduct a formal reduction-in-force (RIF) and the agency does not separate reemployed annuitants before the RIF effective date, the reemployed annuitant competes in the RIF on the same basis as other employees holding the same type of appointment.
Even though reemployed annuitants are typically appointed noncompetitively, agencies must adhere to the provisions of the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) to ensure displaced and surplus employees are given priority consideration for vacancies when applicable.
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