Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)

The Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) is a program designed by an agency to actively assist its surplus and displaced employees by providing selection priority for competitive service vacancies. Under the CTAP, the agency will notify agency surplus or displaced employees of vacancies that the agency plans to fill in the local commuting areas of those surplus or displaced employees. (See Chapter 4 and 5 CFR Part 330).

To receive CTAP consideration, you must:

  • Apply to a position at or below the grade level of the position from which you have been separated. The position must not have a greater promotion potential than the position from which you were separated.
  • Have a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent. This must be submitted with your application package. (This requirement does not apply to candidates who are eligible due to compensable injury or disability retirement.)
  • Occupy or be displaced from a position in the same local commuting area of the position for which you are requesting priority consideration.
  • Submit your application by the vacancy announcement and all required documentation by the closing date.
  • Be rated well-qualified for the position as listed on the vacancy announcement.

What to submit:
For proof of CTAPeligibility, you must provide documentation from each of the following three categories:

1. One of the following:

  • Your Reduction in Force (RIF) separation notice;
  • Your RIF notice offering a lower graded position accompanied by a declination of the offer (the RIF notice must state that declination will result in separation under RIF);
  • Notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside the local commuting area (e.g., a directed reassignment or change in duty station);
  • Certificate of expected separation; or
  • Other official agency certification or notification indicating that your position is surplus (e.g., a notice of position abolishment or a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement).

2. Your Notification of Personnel Action(s), SF-50(s), or other official documentation that shows:

  • a. You are a current:
    • i. career or career-conditional competitive service employee, in tenure group 1 or 2, at grade GS-15 or equivalent and below; or
    • ii. excepted service employee serving without time limit at grade GS-15 or equivalent and below who has been conferred noncompetitive appointment eligibility and selection priority by law for competitive service positions; and
  • b. The position you may be or are being separated from:
    • i. Is equal to or higher than the grade of the job announced; and
    • ii. Has the same or higher promotion potential as the job announced; and
    • iii. Is in the same local commuting area as the job announced.

3. Your most recent performance rating of record (which must be rated at least fully successful or equivalent).

Last Modified: 01/02/2018