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16 years as a ‘temporary’ employee


A retired IRS employee who was hired under a temporary hiring authority recently told a House panel how she worked for 16 years in “temporary” status before being reclassified as a permanent employee. Because she spent years as a temp, she lost time-on-the-job credit that ultimately reduced her retirement annuity.

According one lawmaker at that hearing, the federal government currently employs about 180,000 temporary employees—about 10 percent of the federal civilian workforce. These workers lack access not only to the Federal Employees Retirement System, but also to things like the right to family and medical leave and leave for military service.

The hearing was held to help the House panel get a handle on the extent to which agencies may be using temporary and seasonal hiring authorities to circumvent payment of benefits, or to avoid competitive hiring.

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Posted by Phil Piemonte on Jul 02, 2010 at 12:13 PM


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