By HQ IMCOM Civilian Personnel BranchNovember 19, 2015
SAN ANTONIO--The Installation Management Command's Voluntary Placement Program gives first consideration to internal employees wishing to move overseas or return to the continental U.S. from an overseas position.
Under IVPP, which began June 30, eligible permanent IMCOM employees GS-09 and above (or wage grade equivalent) are able to apply for positions posted on an AKO portal on a weekly basis. The goal of the program is to allow current employees an opportunity to volunteer for career-broadening assignments within the command before considering outside applicants.
At this time, the program does not include opportunities for CONUS to CONUS or OCONUS to OCONUS movement, and does not extend to non-appropriated fund (NAF) employees due to regulatory requirements.
Employees may apply for multiple positions, but are limited to using a single resume during any given week.
In accordance with DoD PPP policy, valid job offers made under the IVPP will be considered legitimate for IMCOM OCONUS employees registered in PPP. Declining a valid IVPP job offer may result in removal from PPP and may subject the employee to adverse action. OCONUS PPP registrants should submit resumes only for positions they are prepared to accept.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What is the IMCOM Voluntary Placement Program (IVPP)?
A1. IVPP is a program created to enhance career broadening opportunities and incentives for employees to remain within IMCOM. IVPP will enable IMCOM CONUS employees to receive first consideration for OCONUS assignments and IMCOM OCONUS employees to receive the same consideration for CONUS assignments. Available opportunities will be posted on the AKO portal on a weekly basis (new jobs will be posted every Tuesday).
Q2. How is the IVPP different from the IMCOM Enhanced Priority Placement Program/Priority Placement Program (IEPP/PPP)?
A2. IMCOM employees in both OCONUS and CONUS will be able to participate in IVPP and apply for consideration to IMCOM vacancies. IEPP is only available for IMCOM OCONUS employees registered in PPP and enhances the placement opportunities of IMCOM PPP registrants against IMCOM CONUS positions. IEPP is not available for CONUS IMCOM employees.
Q3. Who is eligible to enroll in the IVPP?
A3. Permanent IMCOM OCONUS employees GS-09 and above (and wage grade equivalents) are eligible for consideration for IMCOM CONUS assignments. Permanent IMCOM CONUS employees GS-09 and above (and WG equivalents) are eligible for consideration for IMCOM OCONUS assignments. At this time, it does not include opportunities for CONUS to CONUS or OCONUS to OCONUS movement and does not extend to nonappropriated fund employees.
Q4. How does the application process work?
A4. IMCOM employees must submit a resume and application using the AKO portal. Employees will be allowed to submit one resume a week and submit applications to multiple opportunities using the same resume. Resumes may only be revised and resubmitted during the new posting cycle.
Q5. How will I know the status of my application?
A5. HQ IMCOM G1 will provide applicants updates to their application status through AKO.
Q6. How does the selection process work?
A6. Hiring managers will receive a list of eligible candidates, and will have two weeks to review and make a selection determination. Hiring managers may contact the employees and interview them, unless the bargaining agreement or local merit promotion plan requires interviews as part of the candidate assessment process. In those cases, the requirements of the labor agreements or merit promotion plans will be met. Hiring managers are encouraged to vet candidates by obtaining references to verify satisfactory performance and conduct before making a decision.
Upon receipt of the selection decision from the hiring manger, HQ IMCOM G1 will coordinate the selection with the servicing civilian personnel advisory center (CPAC). The selectee will receive an official offer through the CPAC.
Q7. What happens if an employee declines a job offer through the IVPP?
A7. In accordance with DoD PPP policy, job offers made under the IVPP may be considered valid for IMCOM OCONUS employees registered in PPP. Therefore, declining an offer may result in the employee's removal from PPP and may subject the employee to adverse action. OCONUS PPP registrants are cautioned to submit resumes only for positions they are prepared to accept.
Other employees who decline firm job offers under the IVPP will receive no further consideration under this program. Only region directors for garrison and region employees, and deputy commanding generals for HQ and AEC employees, may approve exceptions to this provision. For exceptions, employees must submit a written request through command channels to the appropriate approving official, who will forward their decision to the HQ IMCOM G1 POC.
Q8. Can IVPP announcements run concurrently with USAJobs announcements?
A8. IVPP announcements for CONUS positions will run concurrently with USAJobs announcements. IVPP announcements for OCONUS positions will run prior to USAJobs announcements.
Q9. Will IVPP and CPAC referral lists be reviewed by hiring officials simultaneously?
A9. For CONUS positions, IVPP and CPAC referral lists may be reviewed concurrently. However, candidates on IVPP referral lists must be considered and selected before a selection can be made from the CPAC referral list, or appropriate approval must be obtained for non-selection of the IVPP candidate (see Q11/A11). For OCONUS positions, IVPP referral lists will be reviewed prior to a USAJobs posting or referral list being issued.
Q10. How many candidates need to be on the IVPP list for it to be a valid list? If only one applicant applies and is qualified on the IVPP list, is that a valid IVPP list?
A10. All eligible and qualified applicants will be referred on IVPP referral lists. An IVPP referral list will be considered valid, no matter the number of applicants referred.
Q11. Can hiring officials opt not to select a qualified candidate from the IVPP list and instead select from the CPAC/USAJobs referral list?
A11. The region director must approve the non-selection of an IVPP candidate for garrison and region headquarters positions. The IMCOM deputy commanding general-chief of staff must approve the non-selection of an IVPP candidate for IMCOM headquarters and U.S. Army Environmental Command positions.
Q12. What is the process for hiring officials to reject the IVPP list, or is the expectation that if there are qualified candidates on the IVPP list, that one will be selected?
A12. As in the case with non-selection of individual candidates, the region director must approve the rejection of an IVPP list for garrison and region headquarters positions, and the IMCOM deputy commanding general-chief of staff must approve the rejection of an IVPP list for IMCOM headquarters and U.S. Army Environmental Command positions.
Q13. Why are nonappropriated fund (NAF) employees specifically excluded from participating in IVPP?
A13. Although the DoD NAF Interchange Agreement allows the movement from NAF to APF and vice versa, it does not allow for the reassignment, re-promotion and/or change-to-lower grade between different personnel systems. IVPP is an internal program that takes into consideration internal employees who are eligible for reassignment, re-promotion and/or change-to-lower grade within the APF personnel system. As such, NAF employees cannot be reassigned to an APF position through IVPP.
However, the NAF personnel system has a mechanism to reassign NAF employees from one NAFI to another; NAF personnel can contact their local NAF human resources office for details. Additionally, since not all jobs will be filled through IVPP, those posted on USAJobs will be open to candidates eligible under the DoD NAF Interchange Agreement.
Q14. If NAF employees were previously APF, can they participate in IVPP?
A14. Current NAF employees are unable to participate in IVPP, even if they were previously APF. Only current permanent IMCOM APF employees are eligible. See Q13/A13 for more.
HQ IMCOM G1 is the proponent for the IVPP program. Please forward questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a CONUS employee, check out OCONUS vacancies here: https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/697591
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