Hiring Exemptions

Please see our 2024 Guide to Hiring NSEP Award Recipients for more information on how to recruit and onboard Boren and EHLS award recipients.



A. Excepted Service Appointing Authority,Schedule A - 5 CFR 213.3102 (r), dated 28 November 1997

B. Section 802 (k) of the David L. Boren National Security Education Act of 1991 (50 U.S.C. 1902 (k)),
     as amended by Section 956 – Expansion of Persons Eligible for Expedited Federal Hiring
     Following Completion of National Security Education Program Scholarship,
Public Law 112-239      (NDAA FY 2013), dated 2 January 2013



Federal organizations may make non-competitive appointments of NSEP award recipients under the David L. Boren National Security Education Act of 1991 without regard to the provisions of Title 5 governing appointments in the competitive service. The two distinct hiring authorities are (1) Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102 (r) and (2) the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013 (NDAA’13).

1. Under 5 CFR 213.3102 (r), any federal agency may non-competitively appoint an NSEP
    Scholarship or Fellowship recipient to a term position lasting up to four years. The only restriction is
    that appointees must have an unfulfilled NSEP service requirement.

    The Schedule A appointing authority does not have a non-competitive conversion option at     the conclusion of the appointment period.

    However, individuals serving under Schedule A, who have not completed their NSEP service
    obligation, may be reappointed under NDAA’13 to take advantage of the non-competitive
    conversion to career or career-conditional status after two years of service.

2. Under NDAA’13, any federal agency with national security responsibilities may non-competitively
    appoint an NSEP award recipient to the excepted service and later convert that appointee to career
    or career conditional status in the competitive service. Those eligible for appointment under this 
    expanded authority are:

        a. NSEP award recipients who have an existing service requirement to the federal government; or

        b. Award recipients who have completed their service requirement and are currently employed by
            the federal government in temporary or term appointments in the excepted service; or

        c. Award recipients who have been separated from federal service for less than one year, and, at
            the time of separation, were serving in temporary or term appointments in the excepted

    The conversion occurs after the appointee has completed two years of continuous federal service.
    Candidates must meet all qualification requirements, in addition to special selective factors for the


Advantages for hiring NSEP Scholars and Fellows

NSEP award recipients generally come from the top 10% of the academic student community, and they offer unmatched professional expertise and advanced language and culture skills in less frequently studied geographic areas considered critical to U.S. national security.

Federal hiring managers and/or their respective HR offices should contact the NSEP office directly about hiring needs. NSEP can assist by announcing agency positions on its exclusive website—NSEPnet.org—and by managing the entire application solicitation process from start to finish. The NSEP office is also able to screen its resume database to identify qualified NSEP candidates for agency job openings. NSEP staff will serve as on-call advisors to answer questions that arise while making formal decisions about a candidate.


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Email the NSEP Service Team at nsep@nsep.gov



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