UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE
CHANGE TRANSMITTAL SHEET
CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Career Transition Assistance Program provides eligible surplus and
displaced employees with career transition services and two job selection priority Plans.
The Program provides surplus and displaced employees with:
Assistance and encourages them to take charge of their own
The necessary tools to empower them to make informed decisions
about career transitions.
Career transition services that enable them to explore self-
employment, and job opportunities within the Federal Government and private-sector.
As the Government downsizes and restructures, some Federal employees
are losing their jobs. These individuals need assistance to find other employment. To
initiate this effort, on September 12, 1995, the President issued a memorandum entitled
"Career Transition Assistance for Federal Employees." The memorandum requires
Federal executive agencies to establish career transition programs to help surplus and
displaced workers find jobs.
To implement the President's Memorandum, the Office of Personnel
Management (OPM) initially issued interim regulations, effective February 29, 1996.
OPM issued final regulations on June 9, 1997. These regulations specify that a
transition assistance program consists of the following:
HRD – Employment Services and
Career transition services for the Department's surplus and
Policies for retraining displaced employees.
A policy that requires the selection of a well-qualified, surplus or
displaced Agency employee who applies for a vacant position in the local commuting
area, before selecting any other candidate from either within or outside the Department.
A policy that requires the s