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Priority Consideration CTAP, RPL & ICTAP

The Special Selection Priority Programs Departmental Regulation ( ) sets forth guidelines for managing the special selection priority programs within the United States Department of Agriculture. The special selection priority programs include the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), the Reemployment Priority List (RPL), and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). This policy is intended to provide a general understanding of the special selection authorities and required placement processes.

Career Transition Assistance Plan

A CTAP eligible is a current career or career-conditional employee (tenure I or II) in the competitive service who is "displaced" or "surplus" and who has a current performance rating of record of at least fully successful (Level 3) or equivalent.

CTAP Related Links:

Information (

Surplus Letters Issued Chart (

Reemployment Priority List

RPL assists current and former competitive service employees who will be or were separated by RIF under 5 CFR 351, or who have recovered from a compensable work related injury after more than one year, as required by 5 CFR 353. In filling vacancies, mission areas, agencies and staff offices must give USDA's RPL registrants placement priority for most competitive service positions before hiring an individual outside the USDA workforce.

USDA maintains an RPL for career and career conditional competitive service employees facing Reduction in Force (RIF) separation, former employees who have already been separated by RIF and employees recovered from work related compensable injuries. Individuals are required to register for RPL through their HR or former HR office.

RPL Related Links:

Information (

Registration Sheet (

Current and Most Recent Listings (

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan

The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal employees with inter-departmental selection priority for vacancies in agencies which are being filled from outside of the USDA permanent competitive service workforce; it does not prohibit movement of competitive service employees within a department.