5 CFR 330.607 - Applying CTAP selection priority.
(a) An agency must not place any other candidate from within or outside the agency into a vacancy if there is an available CTAP selection priority candidate, unless the personnel action to be effected is an exception under § 330.609.
(b) In accordance with the conditions of part 300, subpart E, of this chapter, an agency may not procure temporary help services under that subpart until a determination is made that no CTAP eligible is available.
(c) CTAP selection priority applies to a vacancy that:
(1) Is at a grade or pay level with a representative rate no higher than the representative rate of the grade or pay level of the CTAP eligible's permanent position of record;
(2) Has no greater promotion potential than the CTAP eligible's permanent position of record;
(3) Is in the same local commuting area as the CTAP eligible's permanent position of record;
(4) Is filled during the CTAP eligible's eligibility period; and, if applicable,
(5) Is filled under the same excepted appointing authority as the CTAP eligible's permanent position of record if the CTAP eligible is an excepted service employee and the agency CTAP provides selection priority in the excepted service.
(d) An agency may take actions under § 335.102 of this chapter to place a permanent competitive service employee into a vacancy if there are no CTAP eligible employees in the local commuting area or if no CTAP eligibles apply for the vacancy.
(e) An agency component may place a component employee within the local commuting area in the vacancy after the component applies CTAP selection priority to its employees.
(f) If there are two or more CTAP selection priority candidates for a vacancy, the agency may place any of them. An agency may decide the specific order of selection among CTAP selection priority candidates. For example, an agency may:
(1) Provide a displaced candidate higher priority than a surplus candidate; or
(2) Provide an internal component candidate higher priority than another component's candidate.
(g) After an agency makes the vacancy available to its CTAP eligibles and meets its obligation to any CTAP selection priority candidates, the agency may place into the vacancy any other permanent competitive service candidate from within its workforce, under appropriate staffing procedures.
(h) An agency may provide CTAP selection priority to eligible employees from another commuting area after fulfilling its obligation to CTAP selection priority candidates in the local commuting area.
(i) An agency may deny a CTAP eligible future selection priority if the eligible:
(1) Declines an offer of a permanent appointment at any grade or pay level in the competitive or excepted service; or
(2) Fails to respond within a reasonable period of time, as defined by the agency, to an offer of a permanent appointment at any grade or pay level in the competitive or excepted service.
(j) Before appointing an individual from outside the agency's permanent competitive service workforce, the agency must follow the requirements of subparts B and G of this part.