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Posted: April 20, 2018 3:07 p.m.
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Kim Huttner with the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service in Alexandria, Virginia, servicing at Warner Robins Air Force Base, visited Fort Stewart, April 17 at the Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith Education Center, to help illuminate information regarding the Priority Placement Program.

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Kim Huttner with the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service in Alexandria, Virginia, servicing at Warner Robins Air Force Base, visited Fort Stewart, April 17 at the Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith Education Center, to help illuminate information regarding the Priority Placement Program.

She began by applauding the installation in helping prepare community members in case of a Reduction in Force by holding a mock RIF in March.  She said the effort allowed the workforce to participate in early registration.  

Huttner said the PPP has help place more than 273,500 positions throughout its existence, with 2,415 within the last 12 months.  She said that overall they average an approximately 85 percent acceptance rate, with about 15 percent declining valid offers.  She said about 86 percent of participants register within their community area; with less than 14 percent outside their community area. 

To be eligible, Huttner said you must be impacted by either separation or reduction in grade, must be appropriated funds.  She said Non-appropriated funds; senior executive service employees, re-employment annuitants', nor employee approved for Voluntary Separation Incentive Programs were eligible.   She noted for those applying, they must register for their own job series and grade; but can also register for other categories they may be considered well qualified performing; such as jobs they performed within the last 10 years.   She noted they can apply for consideration within their local area, state, region; immediately or can expand their choice during the time they are in the program.  She said they can apply for their own grade position, or up to 3 grades lower for Government Service positions, or up to five grades down for Federal Wage System employees.  She said they can start at their own level or drop down while they are in the program.  But she warned, once a valid offer is made, they must accept, or be removed from the program.  PPP applicants have two work days to reply, with 14 days to report to work within the same area. She noted there was a difference between a valid offer and a non-valid offer. She noted some examples that would make the offer a non-valid was if the position was non-DoD; offered a significant change in work conditions; was for a limited time only or was a position under contact study.  She said individual should work through their CPAC representative to determine options.  

PPP applicants should remain professional throughout their participation in the program, she said, emphasizing individuals should keep their resumes updated.  



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