5 CFR 537.105 - Criteria for payment.
(a) General criteria. Before authorizing student loan repayment benefits for an employee (or job candidate), an agency must make a written determination that—
(1) The employee (or job candidate) is highly qualified and otherwise eligible (as described in § 537.104); and
(i) In a case where the authorization is granted to recruit a job candidate to fill an agency position, the agency otherwise would encounter difficulty in filling a position with a highly qualified individual; or
(ii) In a case where the authorization is granted to retain a current employee of the agency, the employee otherwise is likely to leave the agency for employment outside the Federal service and it is essential to retain the employee based on the employee's high or unique qualifications or a special need of the agency.
(b) Retention considerations. In making a determination under paragraph (a)(2)(ii) of this section, an agency must consider the extent to which the employee's departure would affect the agency's ability to carry out an activity or perform a function that is deemed essential to its mission.
(c) Current Federal employees. An agency may not authorize student loan repayment benefits to recruit an individual from outside the agency who is currently employed in the Federal service.
Title 5 published on 2014-01-01
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