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U.S. Postal Service

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Appointment of Postal Employees

The United States Postal Service® is an independent establishment of the Executive Branch of the United States Government. It operates in a businesslike way.

In the more than two centuries since USPS® began, it has grown and changed with America. Discovering the history of the Postal Service is a journey into the history of transportation, economics, industrialization, communications, and government.

Today, the Postal Service™ delivers hundreds of millions of messages each day to more than 141 million homes and businesses.

In accordance to section 1006 of title 39, United States Code, Postal Service employees serve under excepted appointments. They do not acquire competitive status or reinstatement eligibility for competitive service jobs. However, by law, they have special noncompetitive appointment eligibility for competitive service jobs.

APPOINTMENT ELIGIBILITY

An agency may give a noncompetitive appointment to an employee of the Postal Career Service who meets all the following conditions:

  • The employee’s Postal Service appointment has no time limit; and
  • Immediately before appointment in the competitive service, the employee served in the Postal Career Service for at least 3 months on a substantially full-time basis or for at least 520 hours if employed less than full time; and
  • The employee meets the qualification standard for the position; and
  • The employee will be appointed to the competitive service with no break in service from Postal Service employment. An individual who has a break in service of 1 day or more or who takes a temporary appointment in an agency loses appointment eligibility under this authority.

OTHER ELIGIBILITY

Prior to July 1, 1971, Post Office positions were in the competitive service. Employees of the Post Office prior to that date may have served under competitive appointment and may have reinstatement eligibility. Some employees may meet the criteria for both noncompetitive appointment and reinstatement. The hiring agency decides which appointment authority to use.

TENURE AND STATUS UPON APPOINTMENT IN THE COMPETITIVE SERVICE

A person appointed under this authority receives a career-conditional appointment unless he/she has completed the service requirement for career tenure. Substantially continuous service, under a nontemporary appointment in the Postal Career Service immediately preceding appointment is creditable toward acquiring career tenure.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD

A person appointed under this authority must serve a new probationary period. However, service in the Postal Service immediately preceding appointment is creditable toward the completion of the probationary period.

POSTAL RATE COMMISSION

Employees of the Postal Rate Commission also have noncompetitive appointment eligibility for competitive service jobs (section 1006, title 39, United States Code). They must have served in the Postal Rate Commission Career Service for at least 1 year on a substantially continuous basis under an appointment leading to completion of the probationary period in the Postal Rate Commission. Otherwise, the appointment eligibility is the same as for Postal Service employees.

A person appointed under this authority is not required to serve a probationary period in the competitive service.

Ever since Benjamin Franklin was named the first Postmaster General in 1775, the US postal system has been keeping America connected.

At USPS, we value our employees, because we know it’s our people who provide customer satisfaction, drive innovation, and ensure our continued success.

If you’re ready to join a dynamic, thriving organization with a sense of history and a drive toward the future, we’re ready to hear from you! Visit us at www.usps.gov.

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    Ruiz_Manny

    21 days ago

    18 comments

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    Account Removed

    over 4 years ago

    I was a postal employee for 24 years on a full time basis and also worked part-time as a financial service professional earning a CFP credential, CEBS designation, and securities and insurance licenses with an MBA in the process for more than 15 years. I resigned from the USPS a year ago but now I'm looking to get back to the federal service where I could utilize all my financial service experiences in a HR Benefit Specialist position or as a Personal Financial Counselor for military personnel and their families. Based on the eligibility requirement for postal employees, I guess I am not eligible to apply as a non-competitive appointment because I had a break in service. Is this correct? Can someone clarify this for me? Thanks.

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    alc09

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Are they even hiring anymore.

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    crcoleman310

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Please tell me what I need to do. I need a stable position somewhere.

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    crcoleman310

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I have taken the USPS test and passed it three times. Once in Montgomery, Alabama and twice in Fresno, California. I am currently off of the list because it expired after running its course. Please give me pointers about the process. Our post office employment office is closed every Friday. HELP!!

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    creationexistance

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I have read the comments below and that doesn't do me any good getting a position in the Postal Agency. I tried applying for a job on a military base as a Massage Therapist about a year ago. He said he was going to back to me. As you notice, he didn't. My concern is how many jobs are open for veterans who are still willing to serve our government? I keep hearing there is many but this many does not consider us qualified. Prior to coming to this screen, I took the test as required. I don't see any promises becoming a Postal Worker nor entering any other government jobs. Can you be more percise on directing me or helping me getting a ferderal job? Aloha

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    cadallac

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am 41 years old and now works for kroger as a butcher , but i have always wanted to work for the post office that is my dream ,my desire to have a career with the post office ......i was in the military for about 10 years i am also a disabled veteran .... all i want to do is take the test for the post office i recently talked to someone who told me that i would be recieving a letter in the mail when to take the test in march 09 but the letter never came so i am hoping and praying daily for someone to help this disaabled veteran to take the test and get on the hiring regester..... please help me sir or mam my name is christopher james and my email address is cadallac 134@yahoo.com please email me or call 6785482160 i need your help for fulfilling my destiny thank you very much for your time and your patients

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    buckles10

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a fairly healthy 65 years old. I worked for Wal Mart as a truck driver for 22 years. I had over 3 million miles accident free service. I was a very loyal employee and did my job to the best of my ability. I feel that I have a very good work habit. I do not care any thing about driving a truck anymore. I had over 35 years all together. I am a very people oriented person who likes to deal with the public. I was president of the JayCees in Bainbridge Ga many years ago. I workd for Ga Power company for about twelve years./I was in sales for several years. I was new man of the year with an insurance company. Didnt care to much a bout selling insurance. I think that I would like working for the postal service. I was in the U.S. Navy many years ago and I worked in the personnel office during that time. I am a proficient typist and conversationist. I have spent my life trying to treat people decent and tried not to take advantage of anyone. I have a clean driving record and I have never been in trouble with the law. Married and have a daughter that is 18 years old.

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    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

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    nubianqueen

    almost 6 years ago

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    kgiro121

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I worked temporarily for the USPS the begining of the year and than was laid off. I did take the USPS test, but haven't received the results from them yet. I very much want to go back to work for the USPS, as my brother, and daughter, both work there already.

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    peacebe

    almost 6 years ago

    33902 comments

    I would like to become a postal worker.

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    skazimihadi

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I'm desperate to start working for USPS, please help me

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    mwhite01

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Do i start at the closeses office.

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