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Understanding Your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50)
Here is a guide to understand the information provided on a Notification of Personnel Action:
Accessing your electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF)
Access your eOPF https://eopf.opm.gov/doi/ (Required to be on BIE network)
Appointments with BIE
Indian Preference is preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC Section 472). Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian preference. Consideration will be given to non-Indian applicants (status or reinstatement eligibles) in the absence of qualified Indian Preference eligibles.
Types of Appointments
BIE fills many different types of positions. The first distinction is Education Personnel System (Title 25) and Competitive Service Positions (Title 5). The term “Title” is in reference to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 25 or Title 5.
Education Personnel System positions are in the excepted service and are on a contract. Contracts can be Year Long, School Year, Short Term, or Emergency. All Education Personnel System positions are Seasonal in nature, meaning they are not scheduled to work all year long.
- Example: A teacher will be on a School Year contract, and will be expected to work from the beginning of the school year to the end of school year.
Competitive Service Positions are in competitive service and may be on a contract.
For current employees, please review your current Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) to review your appointment information.
For applicants interested in employment with BIE, please review the open vacancy announcement for information relating to the appointment type.
BIE uses two type of pay schedules. Depending on the position, the incumbent will either be paid an hourly rate or an annual rate. This will be reflected on the announcement for a vacant position or on the current Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) for current employees.
Positions in the Educational Personnel System may have their pay set off level of education, experience, and longevity. The level of pay will be determined by the position and maybe the incumbent’s level of education.
- Example: A Teaching position’s pay level can be set between levels 11 and 17. The determination of the level will be based off the official educational documentation provided by the incumbent to the BIE HR Office.
Positions in the Education Personnel System may have their pay increased by increments of pay.
- Example: An applicant has three years of creditable experience and is placed at the third increment when they start the position.
Positions in the Competitive Services must follow the pay setting rules as outlined in title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Please review the vacancy announcements for more information about the pay levels the position may be set at.
For more information referencing pay please review the follow following pay scales:
2022 Education Pay Table
- 2022 Basic Pay
- 2022 Rest of the United States
- 2022 Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas NM
- 2022 Riverside CA
- 2022 Portland-Vancouver-Salem-Oregon, WA
- 2022 Tucson-Nogales, AZ
Locality Definitions Click Here
2021-2022 Teacher, Home Living Specialist, & Counselor Pay Schedules
2022-2023 Teacher, Home Living Specialist, & Counselor Pay Schedules
2022 General Schedule (GS) Pay Schedules
2022 Federal Wage Grade Schedules
Payroll Period Calendars
BIE Overtime and Compensatory Time Policies Click Here
Orientations and Benefits
Once you are selected for a position within BIE, you will be contacted by either the Human Resources Office or the Business Manager/Business Technician responsible for your new position. They will provide information regarding your new employee orientation and benefits you may be entitled to. If you are interested in general information regarding benefits for Federal employees, you might visit the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website: www.opm.gov. Also visit the BIE Benefits page at https://www.bie.edu/topic-page/employee-benefits-current-employees. On the BIE Benefits page you will find information referencing:
- Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB)
- Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI)
- Long Term Care
- Dental and Vision Insurance
- Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
- Thrift Saving Plan (TSP)
Other Benefits within BIE Employment
Time Off: There are different types of paid time of employees within BIE.
For Education Personnel System position, you may be able to received Vacation/Personal leave as well as sick leave.
For Competitive Service positions, you may be eligible for Vacation/Annual leave as well as sick leave.
Relocation Service: BIE may choose to pay all or a portion of your relocation expenses. Check the Vacancy Announcement that you are applying to. It will contain information on whether the Agency is offering Relocation Assistance for that particular recruitment effort. Relocation Assistance is not a mandatory recruitment tool, and is only used in certain situations.
Student Loan Repayment Program: BIE may choose to pay all or a portion of your remaining student loan balances. Check the Vacancy Announcement that you are applying to. It will contain information on whether the Agency is offering Student Loan Repayment assistance for that particular recruitment effort. Student Loan Repayment Program is not a mandatory recruitment tool, and is only used in certain situations.
Recruitment Incentives and Staffing Differentials: BIE may choose to give you a temporary increase your rate of pay, as an incentive to have you fill a difficult to fill position. Check the Vacancy Announcement that you are applying to. It will contain information on whether the Agency is offering a Recruitment Incentive or Staffing Differential for that particular recruitment effort. Recruitment Incentives and Staffing Differentials are not a mandatory recruitment tool, and are only used in certain situations.
Government Quarters: At some BIE locations, government quarters are available to BIE staff. Check the Vacancy Announcement that you are applying to. It will contain information on whether the Agency is offering Government Quarters for that particular recruitment effort.
For Employment Verification visit the "Work Number"
HR Recruitment and Placement References
- Reduction in Force (RIF) Approval Procedures and Managerial Checklist (5/29/2009)
- Exit Clearance Fillable Form
- Stipend Policy and Approval Procedures Amendment (1/21/2011)
- Public Law 95-561
- The primary reference Education Personnel Positions (CY/CE Pay Plans) is the Bureau of Indian Affairs Manual (BIAM) 62.
- 2015 Memo -Alternate Pay Setting for Substitute Teachers at Chemawa
- Indian Preference
- Sick Leave Bank Guidance (2015)
- Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 25 for Education Personnel Positions
- Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 5 for Federal Service Positions (GS/WG Pay Plans)
- Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
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