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PATHWAYS PROGRAM

 

ENTRY LEVEL PROGRAMS

WORKFORCE RECRUITMENT PROGRAM (WRP)

The WRP is a free government-wide recruitment and referral program managed by the DoD and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The WRP offers participating employers access to the largest pool of candidates who are eligible to be hired noncompetitively into temporary, term, or permanent positions via the Schedule A appointing authority.

Eligibility Eligible students and recent graduates interested in participating in the WRP must reapply each year. To be eligible for inclusion in the WRP, a candidate must:
a. Be a U.S. citizen, AND
b. Be eligible to be hired via Schedule A, which requires the individual to have an intellectual disability, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability, AND
c. Be a current, full-time, degree-seeking, post-secondary student (unless they are taking a reduced course load due to a disability) OR
d. Have graduated on or after October 1, 2013.  While enrolled, candidates must have pursued the degree on a full-time basis (unless they took a reduced course load due to a disability).

SCHEDULE A

This excepted authority is used to appoint persons with severe physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. Severe physical disabilities include but are not limited to blindness, deafness, paralysis, missing limbs, epilepsy, dwarfism, and more. This authority allows those who meet the requirements to be non-competitively appointed to positions without grade restrictions.

Eligibility To be eligible for Schedule A, a person must have a severe physical disability, a psychiatric disability or an intellectual disability. To prove eligibility to be appointed to a federal job under Schedule A, you must:
a. Be qualified for the job for which you are applying (i.e., have the necessary competencies   and relevant experience to perform the job).
b. Provide "proof of a disability" documentation. "Proof of a disability" is a letter stating that you have an intellectual disability, severe physical disability or psychiatric disability.
c. A doctor, a licensed medical professional, a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or any Federal, state, or local agency that issues or provides disability   benefits may write the letter. Many doctors and most of the entities listed above   know   how to format a   Schedule A letter.

DOD INFORMATION ASSURANCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (IASP)

This program is designed to assist in recruiting and retaining highly qualified personnel in the field of information Assurance (IA) to meet the Department of Defense’s (DoD) information technology requirements for national defense and the security of its information infrastructure.

Eligibility Must be 18 years of age or older and a U.S. citizen at time of application. Currently enrolled at, or accepted for enrollment, at a National CAE; or enrolled at an institution selected by a CAE as a collaborative partner for these purposes. Pursuing a course of study and/or have a declared major with an IA concentration in one of the scientific, technical or managerial disciplines related to computer and network security. For undergraduate applicants, must have completed at least the first two years of an undergraduate degree program by August of the calendar year in which scholarship funding will commence and be eligible to begin either the third or fourth year of the degree. GPA must be at least a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (or an analogous rank based on a comparable scale). For graduate applicants, must be eligible to begin the first or second year of a master’s degree program; pursue doctoral studies; or complete a graduate IA certificate program. GPA must be at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or an analogous rank based on a comparable scale).

SCHOLARSHIP FOR SERVICE

Scholarship for Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. Participants receive stipends of up to $20,000 for undergraduate students, $25,000 for master's degree students and $30,000 per year for doctoral students. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation. The Director of the National Science Foundation, in coordination with the Director of the Office of Personnel Management and Secretary of Homeland Security, shall continue a Federal cyber scholarship-for-service program to recruit and train the next generation of information technology professionals, industrial control system security professionals, and security managers to meet the needs of the cybersecurity mission for Federal, State, local, and tribal governments.

Eligibility Be a full-time student within two years of graduation with a bachelor’s or master’s degree or a student within three years of graduation with both the bachelor’s and the master’s degree; a student participating in a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree (“five year”) program; or a research-based doctoral student within three years of graduation in a coherent formal academic program that is focused on cybersecurity or information assurance at an awardee institution.

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT

DISA offers veterans employment through various types of job appointments.  We ensure all major military centers are aware of our vacancies by providing announcements of job opportunities and providing them access to our job opportunities Web site.

OPERATION WARFIGHTER (WOUNDED WARRIORS)

Operation Warfighter (Wounded Warriors) helps service members prepare for civilian employment by identifying internship opportunities to augment a Warrior’s transition. It also provides recuperating service members with meaningful activity outside of the hospital environment. It offers a formal means of transition back to the military or civilian workforce. There is no guarantee of employment following the completion of an OWF assignment. Service members released from medical hold status are considered potential candidates for full-time employment pending separation from the military.

Eligibility Operation Warfighter (Wounded Warriors) must be a U.S. Citizens; Active Duty Military (including the National Guard and Reserves); and must be able to meet security clearance requirements.

VETERANS' RECRUITMENT APPOINTMENT (VRA)

VRA allows appointment of eligible Veterans up to the GS-11 or equivalent grade level. Veterans are hired under excepted appointments to positions that are otherwise in the competitive service. After the individual satisfactorily completes 2 years of service, the Veteran must be converted noncompetitively to a career or career-conditional appointment. Eligible veterans can be appointed up to the GS-11 without competition. The candidate must meet the basic qualification requirements for the position. Use of the authority is entirely discretionary and no one is entitled to a VRA appointment.

Eligibility Veterans must meet the following requirements or be considered in one of the categories below in order to brought on board using this hiring authority:
a. Disabled Veterans;
b. Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or   in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized;
c. Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal (AFSM) was awarded; and
d. Veterans separated from active duty within the past 3 years.

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT OF 1998 (VEOA)

The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) of 1998 as amended by Section 511 of the Veterans Millennium Health Care Act (Pub. Law 106-117) of November 30, 1999, provides that agencies must allow eligible veterans to apply for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. ("Agency," in this context, means the parent agency, i.e., Treasury, not the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Defense, not Department of the Army.) A VEOA eligible who competes under merit promotion procedures and is selected will be given a career or career conditional appointment. Veterans' preference is not a factor in these appointments.

Eligibility To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, an applicant must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated from the armed forces after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Veterans who were released shortly before completing a 3-year tour are considered to be eligible. ("Active service" defined in title 37, United States Code, means active duty in the uniformed services and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated   as a service school by law or by the Secretary of the military department concerned).

30% OR MORE DISABLED

This authority enables a hiring manager to appoint an eligible candidate to any position for which he or she is qualified, without competition. Unlike the VRA, there is no grade-level limitation. Initial appointments are time-limited, lasting more than 60 days.

Eligibility Veterans must meet the following requirements or be considered in one of the categories below in order to brought on board using this hiring authority:
a. Be retired from active military service with a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more; OR
b. Have a rating by the Department of Veterans Affairs showing a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

INTERGOVERNMENTAL PERSONNEL ACT (IPA) MOBILITY PROGRAMS

DISA receives personnel from institutes of higher education, other federal, state, local, Indian tribal governments, or non-profit institutions, as IPA employees.  Those recruited through the IPA are senior technical experts or advisors in a specific skill or experience needed by agency.  These employees support the various high-level IT programs and projects while giving credence to our efforts by our mission partners and warfighter through their industry recognized expertise and professional achievements.  The IPA program is intended to facilitate cooperation between the federal government and the non-federal entity through the temporary assignment of skilled personnel. Employees of State and local governments, Indian tribal governments, institutions of higher education and other eligible organizations may serve in Federal agencies for temporary employment periods as described in the following instructions. The legal authority for assignments under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act is 5 USC sections 3371 through 3375. The regulations can be found in Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 5, chapter 334.

PATHWAYS PROGRAM

The primary objective of the pathway program is to:

a. Attract and recruit quality students and recent graduates to meet short-and long-range   staffing needs;
b. Bring new educational methods and concepts into the work force;
c. Strengthen relationships between students and recent graduates to Federal employers;
d. Assist students in applying classroom theory to practical work experience;
e. Assist students in meeting financial obligations by earning income while learning;

Pathways Program consists of three flexible components and recognizes the differing needs of students, recent graduates, and managers.  Participants must be U.S. Citizens.

DISA PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The Internship Program replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). This Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and receiving pay for the work they perform.  Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service.

Eligibility

  • Current students in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); and professional; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • At least a half time student
  • The length of the internship may not exceed 5 year

Focus areas include:

  • Engineering: Electronics/Computer Engineer, Computer Scientist
  • Cyber: Electronics/Computer Engineer, Computer Scientist, IT Specialist
  • Information Technology: IT Specialist
  • Telecom: Telecom Specialist
  • Acquisition: Program Analyst
  • Procurement: Contract Specialist
  • Logistics: Logistics Management Specialist
  • Financial: Budget Analyst, Financial Management Specialist, Accountant
  • Select Specialties : Security Specialist, Management Analyst

DISA PATHWAYS RECENT GRADUATE PROGRAM

This program is for individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs and seek a dynamic, career development program with training and mentorship. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years to apply).
The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. The program lasts for one year.

Eligibility

  • Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying, bachelors, masters, professional, or doctorate from a qualifying educational institution.
  • Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.

Focus areas include:

  • Engineering: Electronics/Computer Engineer, Computer Scientist
  • Cyber: Electronics/Computer Engineer, Computer Scientist, IT Specialist
  • Information Technology: IT Specialist
  • Telecom: Telecom Specialist
  • Acquisition: Program Analyst
  • Procurement: Contract Specialist
  • Logistics: Logistics Management Specialist
  • Financial: Budget Analyst, Financial Management Specialist, Accountant
  • Select Specialties: Security Specialist, Management Analyst