The Fellowships and Industry Exchange Programs hiring authority is a Government-wide excepted service hiring authority under 5 CFR 213.3102(r) that can be used to hire for fellowships and similar programs when recruitment is from limited applicant pools. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘r’ authority.
Employees hired on appointments that are expected to last for at least 90 days are generally eligible for health insurance coverage and also earn annual and sick leave.
Employees hired for periods longer than 1 year are eligible for the following benefits:
- Health Insurance
- Annual and Sick Leave
- Long Term Care Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Retirement and Thrift Savings Plan