OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS
BOP - CAREERS
User Guide - May 2009
Prepared for Bureau of Prisons Employees
Consolidated Staffing Unit
Grand Prairie, Texas
Fax: (972) 352-4577
answer vacancy specific questions
necessary to evaluate individual
qualifications for the specific job to which
Open Continuous Announcement they are applying. Applicants are given a
System set of examples which closely describes
experience related to each job-specific KSA.
Applicants will be prompted to select the
The Open Continuous Announcements
example that best resembles their level of
through USA JOBS for the Bureau of Prisons
experience and/or expertise. If none of the
and the following Vacancy Announcements
examples appear similar, the applicant may
are effective April 28, 2009 - April 27, 2010.
provide a narrative response that best
describes their specialized experience
This online open continuous process
and/or education. When completed, the
provides employees with a faster and
information provided in USAJOBS and the
easier way to apply for the following
answers to the questions will become their
application. At each cut-off date, the
Human Resource Specialist uses the BOP-
Careers System to identify well-qualified
candidates and refer them for
consideration for the vacancy.
Lieutenant, GS-0007-09/11 (FCC/USP only)
Under the open continuous BOP-Careers
System, applications are submitted
electronically, saving the applicant
Applicants who wish to apply for any of
duplicating and mailing costs.
these positions will complete an online
open continuous application for each type
of position and grade level for which they
Must I apply online?
wish to be considered.
Yes. You must first register on USAJOBS
* Complex Captains are not included in Open
(www.usajobs.gov) and complete your
Continuous announcements. These positions
will be advertised on an as needed basis. Federal résumé in order to apply for an
open continuous announcement.
How often can I apply?
How does the open continuous system
You can apply anytime during the open
period of the announcement. All
The system is an automated BOP-Careers
applications submitted after a cut-off date
System application process. Applicants will
will be effective after the next cut-off date. closing date of the vacancy announcement.
Be mindful of the cut-off dates listed. Applicants who meet the hardship criteria
will be requested to respond to the same
Can a displaced employee apply under questions as applicants applying online and
the open continuous announcement? submit a signed copy to the Consolidated
Staffing Unit prior to the closing date. The
Yes. Any employee may apply to an open Human Resource Specialist will input the
continuous announcement under merit data into the system on the applicant's
promotion. However, being displaced will behalf for the specific job for which the
not make you eligible for any priority applicant is applying. To obtain a paper
consideration under the merit promotion application, you MUST contact the
procedures. Consolidated Staffing Unit before the
closing date of the vacancy announcement.
What are the eligibility requirements
How do I search for open continuous
for a position announced under the
open continuous system?
Applicants will be considered eligible for
the position if they meet the minimum
qualification requirements and the time-in- Go to www.usajobs.gov.
grade restrictions, at the time of
application. For time-in- grade, you must
complete a minimum of 52 weeks 1. Click
at the next lower grade level. Applicants
who fail to meet the minimum 2. You will be given the following
requirements and time-in-grade restrictions options:
will not be considered eligible and will be
notified via e-mail of their ineligibility. - Basic Search
Can I submit a paper application? - Agency Search
No. BOP employees must complete an - Series Search
online application. Exceptions will be
made in the instance of extreme hardship - Advanced Search
cases (e.g., BOP employee on active duty in
a remote area without internet access, a - Senior Executive Search
non BOP-applicant lives in a remote area
where it would pose a major hardship for NOTE: To view jobs announced under
the applicant to get to a computer in any Open Continuous, answer yes to the
location). The Consolidated Staffing Unit “Applicant Eligibility” question before you
will assist applicants in any way possible to click “search for jobs.”
submit their applications online by the
3. Select appropriate search and click If I miss a cut-off date, how long will I
have to wait before I can receive
4. Select a vacancy and click
Cut-off dates will be established every
30 days. If you miss a cut-off date, you will
not be considered for a vacant position
until the following cut-off date (30 days
What is the open period for an open
Can I update my institution preferences
Applicants may apply to an open after a cut-off date?
continuous announcement anytime
between April 28, 2009 through 11:59 p.m., Yes. You can update your institution
EST, April 27, 2010. preferences at any time. However, if the
changes are made after the cut-off date,
the preference changes will apply to the
What is a cut-off following consideration period for
date? certification. If you need to withdraw an
institution preference, you must send an
All applications submitted prior to the cut- email to
off date will receive consideration for GRA-HRM/ConsolidatedStaffingUnit@bop.gov.
certification. Cut-off dates will be listed in Your message must include the vacancy
the vacancy announcement and will be announcement number, position title, and
used to meet the immediate needs of statement indicating your request to
institutions desiring to fill vacant positions. withdraw your institution preference(s).
The following are the cut-off dates: You must also reapply and update your
location preferences for the next cut-off
May 28, 2009
June 29, 2009 If I am presently a Senior Officer
July 29, 2009 Specialist, GS-8, and am interested in
August 28, 2009 applying for a promotion to a GS-9
September 28, 2009 Lieutenant at any facility, what vacancy
October 28, 2009 announcement(s) should I apply to?
November 27, 2009
December 28, 2009
Current GS-8 employees interested in a
promotion to any facility should submit an
online application to the vacancy for GS-
9/11 (FCC/USP only) and GS-9 Lieutenant.
April 28, 2010
Can I apply to multiple open continuous Once I complete my online application,
vacancy announcements? should I retain a copy?
Yes. You can apply to multiple open Yes, you should retain all copies of the
continuous vacancy announcements for application process for your records
which you are eligible. including the vacancy announcement,
resume, and application confirmation page.
Prior to completing your application, you
When am I required will be given the option to have a copy of
to complete the your application sent to you via e-mail.
KSA section in the vacancy
announcement? How will I know that my application
You must select an answer to each KSA
question if you are applying for a position Once you have completed your application,
that has higher promotion potential than you will be returned to the USAJOBS site
what you currently hold or have previously and will receive confirmation that your
held on a permanent basis (i.e., if you are a application has been sent for consideration
GS-8 Correctional Officer applying for a GS- on the vacancy announcement. You can
9 Lieutenant and you have never held a GS- review your applications online when you
9 position, you will need to complete KSAs). login to USAJOBS and select “Track your
online job applications.” This will allow you
to view your USAJOBS online application
How will I be able to update my history.
You may access your completed
application/resume anytime by using the
USAJOBS Website. Once accessed, you can
update or make changes to your How can I see which positions I have
application. applied for or find out the status of a
If I am not selected for a position, will I There are three methods for tracking your
have to re-apply to receive further application. First, you can print the
consideration? application confirmation screen from
USAJOBS when you complete the
application process. Second, you can
No. You will continue to receive
request to receive a copy of your responses
consideration for any position for which
to the application questions and a copy of
you have applied until you are selected or
your résumé when you finish applying for
until you withdraw your application.
jobs in BOP-Careers. Third, you can review
you applications online when you login to
USAJOBS and select “ Track your online job
Applications.” This will allow you to view
your USAJOBS online application history.
When requesting assistance from a Human
Resource Specialist, please have the
vacancy announcement number and title of
the position available.
How do I remove my name from
consideration after I have applied to an
open continuous announcement?
To remove your name from consideration
you can simply reapply and update your
initial application. You will select the
response “I wish to be removed from
further consideration” or you must send an
Your message must include the vacancy
announcement number, position title, and
a statement indicating your request to
withdraw your application from
Who do I contact if I have questions
about the application process?
If you have any questions about the
application process, please contact the
Consolidated Staffing Unit by calling
972-352-4200 (M-F 6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.,
CST) or via e-mail at the following address: