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  • #16
    Originally posted by tsfl89 View Post
    TSA is covered under an Interchange Agreement that allows you to apply as a status candidate. However, you must have been FULL TIME for a year and be a permanent employee to be covered under the agreement.!
    You do NOT have to have one year of consecutive full-time service, you just have to have one year of consecutive federal service, regardless of full-time or part-time from your EOD date. I have repeatedly made certain of this because I am coming up on my one year in a few weeks.
    Last edited by AnonymousPerson; 02-16-2011, 05:53 PM.
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    • #17
      My wife is in the military while i go to college full time. I am prior law enforcement, veteran so forth, BUT about the time i finish up school my wife is applying for a 15 month masters program in Texas through the Army. They pay for EVERYTHING and she is still paid her current rank (should be CPT by then) and builds up TIS and retirement. After the program she is then assigned to a hospital for one year of internship then either remains there or PCSed.

      ANYWAYS, my question is, with all this moving around and limited time in places i really cant apply for any Federal LE gigs like i want to. Do you think that TSA, being part time and such, would be a good choice? Would this still build towards my TSP, and FERS retirement? Basically i dont want to just sit around the house for 2 years while she squares her career away

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Paul554 View Post
        My wife is in the military while i go to college full time. I am prior law enforcement, veteran so forth, BUT about the time i finish up school my wife is applying for a 15 month masters program in Texas through the Army. They pay for EVERYTHING and she is still paid her current rank (should be CPT by then) and builds up TIS and retirement. After the program she is then assigned to a hospital for one year of internship then either remains there or PCSed.

        ANYWAYS, my question is, with all this moving around and limited time in places i really cant apply for any Federal LE gigs like i want to. Do you think that TSA, being part time and such, would be a good choice? Would this still build towards my TSP, and FERS retirement? Basically i dont want to just sit around the house for 2 years while she squares her career away
        its a good choice, not a great choice but a good choice. Working part time is better than working no time. Start as a tso but always use it as a stepping stone. Whether it be full time later on, LTSO or STSO. Just note that you are in the system and your time would start from this moment.

        Good luck

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Paul554 View Post
          Do Would this still build towards my TSP, and FERS retirement?
          Yes, it would count. It will also count as your time in Fed, so things like leave accumulation (you get bumped up to 6 hours per pay period after three years in) would also count.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by AnonymousPerson View Post
            You do NOT have to have one year of consecutive full-time service, you just have to have one year of consecutive federal service, regardless of full-time or part-time from your EOD date. I have repeatedly made certain of this because I am coming up on my one year in a few weeks.
            Are you a permanent employee on your sf-50? If so, then it looks like you'd be covered. I was just assuming a part time employee couldn't be classified as "permanent", which is a requirement according to the TSA website.

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            • #21
              I've never seen a TSO position that was not permanent status. Part-time or otherwise.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by tsfl89 View Post
                Are you a permanent employee on your sf-50? If so, then it looks like you'd be covered. I was just assuming a part time employee couldn't be classified as "permanent", which is a requirement according to the TSA website.
                I am conditional, but from what I have been told, you are covered as long as you have a 1 (permanent) or 2 (conditional) in Block 24 of your SF-50.
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                • #23
                  There is the possibility that you can take a leave of absence that is exempt from getting credit towards your service. There is a leave handbook that outlines what categorizes as such (like... we have several folks (reserve or guard) that take 6-12 months out at a time for military leave, i.e. - deployment) as to what can be counted and what cannot.

                  The leave policy will allow you to keep your job, but depending on the type of leave, may hinder your future applications if you haven't reached these plateaus at the close of the application date.

                  Basically, there are conditions where you could be permanent, part time; there are conditions where you can be full time and conditional (as I was until 2006).
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by tsfl89 View Post
                    TSA is covered under an Interchange Agreement that allows you to apply as a status candidate. However, you must have been FULL TIME for a year and be a permanent employee to be covered under the agreement.

                    I'd agree with the rest of the post above. Also, you won't be law enforcement. That's important to remember. No LEO powers. Not trying to discourage either, just making sure you're informed. Good luck to you!
                    Just my luck.. I just passed my CBT and in the credit check phase. I didn't make it to the FAMs and I was thinking at least I can do this for a year or two and then move on. But the position is only for part-time.

                    Originally posted by AnonymousPerson View Post
                    You do NOT have to have one year of consecutive full-time service, you just have to have one year of consecutive federal service, regardless of full-time or part-time from your EOD date. I have repeatedly made certain of this because I am coming up on my one year in a few weeks.
                    I'm hoping that is the case for the part-time. However, I have a my application that is in review with the city for a police dispatch job. Even though it doesn't start my Government clock, I may take that instead because its full time, full medical has tuition assistance.
                    Last edited by lostcase; 03-18-2011, 08:37 AM.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Paul554 View Post
                      ANYWAYS, my question is, with all this moving around and limited time in places i really cant apply for any Federal LE gigs like i want to. Do you think that TSA, being part time and such, would be a good choice? Would this still build towards my TSP, and FERS retirement? Basically i dont want to just sit around the house for 2 years while she squares her career away
                      Well, TSA would be a good start on your retirement, no doubt. You could get your two years in and pass probation. But then comes the hard part. Your wife get orders to another location. You are part of TSA. TSA just happened to operate an airport near where your wife will be transfered to. But No TSO positions are posted as being open. You can call the local HR and see if they will accept you as a transfer. They may. They may not. If not, you would have to resign from TSA, or stay where you are if you wanted to stay with the agency. 8)

                      You may get lucky. It has happened in the past, and probably will happen in the future. It is all about timing. Good luck.
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                      • #26
                        Will a TSO position, Part-Time or Full-Time stop the clock as far as the age cut off of 37 for 1801 or 1811 position?

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                        • #27
                          i hope your kidding? TSO ain't a law enforcement position
                          Last edited by Roninjin; 04-12-2011, 08:01 PM.

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                          • #28
                            No not kidding. I know they are not LE I was just unsure how the position was classified. I see that TSA does several things different from other G departments. I am just looking to stop the clock until an 1801 or 1811 position opens. Sorry for any typo's working from my phone at the moment.

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                            • #29
                              No. Even the Inspector positions do no stop the clock. FAMS would but I don't think that is what you were referring to.

                              Look into the BOP. There is a nationwide announcement up right now. A BOP position will "stop the clock" But don't plan on getting a call back unless you apply to a location where they are actively hiring. Check BOP web site for locations and I recommend calling the HR department and asking as each institution hires independently.

                              To be considered you better have vet points. And to meet announcement requirement with out 4 years AD you will need 3 years experience in corrections or a related field or a BA.

                              Good luck.

                              But I just started 3 weeks ago as a TSO its not as bad as some people make, and while it will not stop the clock and is not an LE position it is still a fed job where you will get credit for that time (at a different rate than LE) should you go on to another position later.

                              Plus you will be a federal employee and will be able to apply to additional job announcements open to fed employees
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                              • #30
                                I am pleased to say that after three years of trying, I am finally starting a TSO position next month. I was put in the waiting pool numerous time and watched the announcement expire. I was beginning to lose hope. I saw an opening at my local airport and decided to try for it again. I didn't have to take the CBT but needed to interview again. Thank god I will be able keep my current full-time position and work around the TSO hours. I will not find out what my shift will be after I am done with training. I know the job will be tedious but at least I get to start my 20 year clock towards a pension. Ultimate plan, end up with a federal IT position in 2-3 years.

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