NAF Staffing

NAF employees are Federal employees, but are excluded from most laws administered by OPM (title 5, U.S.C., Section 2105(c)). Unless specifically provided by law, NAF employment is not subject to civil service provisions or restrictions. The Secretary of Defense has administrative authority for most functional areas of the NAF personnel system. NAF white-collar pay, employee benefits, performance pay, and employee grievances are among the personnel functions regulated by DOD, not OPM.

DOD/OPM Interchange Agreement - The Department of Defense (DOD) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) have an interchange agreement permitting employees to move between DOD nonappropriated fund (NAF) positions and civil service positions. Employees appointed under this agreement receive credit for previous service toward career tenure requirements and do not have to serve a new probationary period in the gaining employment system. The agreement provides for NAF employees to be considered for appointment to positions in the competitive civil service in the same manner as employees in the competitive service may be considered for transfer to such positions. Employees in the competitive service may be considered for appointment to any NAF position on the basis of their qualifications. Appointments under the DOD/OPM Interchange Agreement require that the individual be sitting in a NAF position without time limit or had been involuntarily separated from such appointment without personal cause within the preceding year, and have one year of "continuous service" to be appointed under the terms of the agreement. There is no requirement for the 1 year to have been served immediately preceding the move.

Employment Preferences specific to NAF:

Spouse preference applies to jobs graded at NF-3 and below, and the positions paid at hourly rates. Preference applies to any job that is open to competition in accordance with merit staffing practices. Spouse preference may be used once for each permanent relocation of the military sponsor, or in surrounding localities to which a spouse is willing to travel on a daily basis. The spouse must have been married to the military sponsor before relocation in the duty station.

Reemployment Priority Lists (RPL) is available to NAF employees who were separated by Business Based Action. Separated employees shall have priority placement in the NAF activity from which separated and priority consideration rights at other NAF activities in the same commuting area. Separated employees can remain on the RPL until reemployed, but not longer than 1 year from the date of their separation.

Veterans Preference hiring laws do not apply to NAF employment.

Department of Defense
Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service
HR OPS, NAF Personnel Policy Division
4800 Mark Center Drive, Suite 06G21
Alexandria, VA 22350-1100
Commercial Phone (571) 372-1560

DSN (372)

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