Chapter 1-8, Part-Time Career Employment Program
(March 26, 2004)
- Program. The Department of Justice will provide career part-time employment opportunities in positions through GS-15 or equivalent subject to agency resources and mission requirements.
- Bureau Heads. Bureau heads will establish and maintain a part-time employment program within their respective organizations consistent with the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3402.
- Departmental Coordinator. The Director, Human Resources Staff, Justice Management Division, is hereby designated as the Departmental Part-Time Career Employment Coordinator.
- Organization Coordinators. The Executive Officers of the Offices, Boards, and Divisions, and Personnel Officers in the bureaus are hereby designated as Part-Time Career Employment Coordinators with the responsibility for representing the heads of their respective organizations in the administration of the Part-Time Career Employment Program. This responsibility may be redelegated.
- Limitations. Bureaus will not abolish any position occupied by an employee in order to make the duties of such position available to be performed on a part-time career employment basis. Any person who is employed on a full-time basis in an agency shall not be required to accept part-time employment as a condition of continued employment.
- Increase or Decrease in Hours Worked. Part-time career employment is regularly scheduled work of 16 to 32 hours per week. It is contrary to merit principles to appoint an individual to work part-time with the intent to convert the employee to full-time after a brief interval. Unexpected increases in workload may require management to change the work schedule of a part-time employee to full-time on either a short-term or permanent basis. A temporary increase in the tour of duty above 32 hours per week is not permitted for more than two consecutive pay periods. A permanent change to a full-time work schedule removes the position from coverage under the Part-Time Career Employment Program. A reduction in the scheduled hours of a part-time employee is not subject to reduction-in-force or adverse action procedures.
C. Documentation and Reporting
- Reporting Requirements. Bureaus are required to submit to the Director, Human Resources Staff, by May 1 and November 1, each year, a narrative report for their respective organizations which describe the following activities:
- Goals and timetables that were established in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3402(a)(1)(C).
- Progress toward meeting the goals.
- To the extent practicable, information concerning part-time career employment offers made during the period covered by the report to older individuals, handicapped individuals, persons with family responsibilities, students, or others who required a reduced workweek.
- An explanation of any impediments in meeting goals or in otherwise carrying out the provisions of this instruction, together with a statement of the measures taken to overcome such impediments.
- Program Evaluation. Review and evaluation of the Part-Time Career Employment Program will be conducted by the Human Resources Staffin periodic personnel management evaluations. Evaluation factors will include: (1) issuance of internal policy statements and publications in support of part-time career employment; (2) recruitment efforts made to employ part-time workers; (3) increase in part-time career employment through conversions from full-time to part-time; and (4) increase in part-time career employment through new hires.
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