Changes to the consideration process of persons with a priority entitlement (16-05)


As we continue to advance the New Direction in Staffing, the Public Service Commission (PSC) has made changes to the Priority Entitlements Program as part of its ongoing effort to modernize the public service staffing system. The requirement to appoint persons with a priority entitlement (PPEs) before all others, if qualified, is a legal obligation of all federal organizations subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

PPEs will continue to be informed of potential opportunities through the PSC's Priority Information Management System. Should a PPE wish to be considered, they will contact the hiring organization directly within the stipulated time frame. The Public Service Commission will no longer pre-screen PPEs on education and experience, recognizing that organizations already effectively conduct this assessment. This approach, effective November 17, 2016, will apply to both term and indeterminate job opportunities.

A more direct connection between PPEs and hiring organizations allows for greater access to job opportunities, active participation for the PPE and allows the hiring organization to expedite the assessment.

The PSC will update online guides and support tools to reflect the changes to the priority consideration process. If hiring managers or PPEs within your organization require additional information, they may contact your organization's Priority Program Liaison or a PSC Priority Entitlements Consultant.

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