Professional Development Opportunities
FSIS CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM: COLLEGE TUITION REIMBURSEMENT OPEN TO ALL EMPLOYEES BEGINNING FALL 2022 SEMESTER ENROLLMENT
The Continuing Education Program (CEP) will be open to all FSIS employees beginning Fall 2022 Semester. Participants are to be permanent, full-time employees with a minimum of 1 year of service with FSIS at the time of application, and in good standing. All eligible employees may qualify for up to $5,000 per fiscal year (FY) in tuition reimbursement towards graduate or undergraduate college courses from accredited colleges or universities. Each FY, there will be opportunities to apply for reimbursement by submitting a CEP Application and Approval Form (FSIS Form 4410-25) with proof of enrollment during the CEP semester registration periods. The start date(s) of the college course(s) determines which semester registration period to submit the application. To be reimbursed, approved participants must pay course tuition “out-of-pocket” and pass with a C grade or better. Employees can obtain the CEP Application and Approval Form (FSIS Form 4410-25) from Help Resources at: IPP Help (https://fsishelp.fsis.usda.gov/ipphelp/cep/csicep/csicep.htm); Employee Help (https://fsishelp.fsis.usda.gov/res/ecep/); or via E-mail: ContinuingEducationProgram@usda.gov.
Refer questions to ContinuingEducationProgram@usda.gov or 202-836-0434.
For further information, please refer to FSIS Notice 34-22.
The Merit Promotion System
The Merit Promotion System provides an avenue for employees to show an interest in other jobs in FSIS. FSIS is committed to fair, equitable, and appropriate consideration of its employees for higher level jobs through this system.
The USDA Merit Promotion & Internal Placement Departmental Regulation https://www.ocio.usda.gov/document/departmental-regulation-4030-335-002 provides detailed information on this program.
The Voluntary Placement Program
The Voluntary Placement Program allows bargaining unit employees to request voluntary placement in a different location or type of position