2008 to Present - Service Agreement Frequently Asked Questions
Boren Scholars must begin to fulfill the service requirement no later than three years after the date of graduation from, or termination of, the program of study for which the scholarship was awarded.
Boren Fellows must begin to fulfill the service requirement no later than two years after the date of graduation from, or termination of, the program of study for which the fellowship was awarded.
The NSEP Service Requirement stipulates that an award recipient work in the Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities. The Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, or any element of the Intelligence Community are priority agencies. Any position in the four priority areas will count towards fulfilling the service requirement.
If a Boren Scholar or Fellow is not successful in identifying a position in one of the priority agencies, he or she must pursue employment in another Federal agency in a position with national security responsibilities.
Boren award recipients enjoy several advantages as they seek Federal employment. First, NSEPnet connects award recipients directly to Federal employers. Hiring officials perform searches of Boren award recipients' resumes for specific types of expertise. Second, NSEP employs staff that is available to assist Scholars and Fellows in their job search efforts by conducting active outreach, holding job consultations and providing letters of certification for award recipients. Finally, Boren award recipients benefit from special hiring authorities, including Schedule A (r) and NDAA FY13, Section 1101 Legislation, which facilitate the job placement process.
Both Schedule A (r) and NDAA'13 allow hiring managers to non-competitively appoint NSEP awardees to excepted service positions. This means that hiring managers are not required to advertise these positions to the public (through USAJOBS, for example). Most often, hiring managers use these authorities to solicit applications from NSEP awardees by posting exclusive job opportunities on NSEPnet, but some awardees have been successful in securing excepted service positions by networking or simply by drawing attention to these hiring privileges through the competitive hiring process.
Schedule A (r) leads to a temporary/term appointment, not to exceed four years. In other words, this is not a permanent position with the federal government - once the appointment comes to an end the employee is required to re-apply for the job through the competitive hiring process.
NDAA'13 leads to an excepted service appointment, but after two years of continuous service the hiring manager can non-competitively convert the employee to career- or career-conditional status. In general, this means that after one more year of service (or a total of three years from the start date) the employee would be a permanent employee of the federal government.