Federal civilian service

Federal civilian service means service performed in the employ of any Federal agency, except service performed -
(1) By an elective official in the executive or legislative branches of the Government of the United States;
(2) As a member of the Armed Forces or the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration;
(3) By Foreign Service personnel for whom special separation allowances are provided under chapter 14 of title 22 of the United States Code;
(4) Outside the 50 States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia, by an individual who is not a citizen of the United States;
(5) By an individual excluded by regulations of the Office of Personnel Management from civil service retirement coverage provided by subchapter III of chapter 83 of title 5 of the United States Code because the individual is paid on a contract or fee basis;
(6) By an individual receiving nominal pay and allowances of $12 or less a year;
(7) In a hospital, home, or other institution of the United States by a patient or inmate thereof;
(8) By a student-employee as defined by 5 U.S.C. 5351; that is: (i) A student nurse, medical or dental intern, resident-in-training, student dietitian, student physical therapist, or student occupational therapist, assigned or attached to a hospital, clinic, or medical or dental laboratory operated by an agency as defined in section 5351; or
(ii) Any other student-employee, assigned or attached primarily for training purposes to such a hospital, clinic, or medical or dental laboratory operated by such an agency, who is designated by the head of the agency with the approval of the Office of Personnel Management;
(9) By an individual serving on a temporary basis in case of fire, storm, earthquake, flood, or other similar emergency;
(10) By an individual employed under a Federal relief program to relieve the individual from unemployment;
(11) As a member of a State, county, or community committee under the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service or of any other board, council, committee, or other similar body, unless such body is composed exclusively of individuals otherwise in the full-time employ of the United States;
(12) By an officer or member of the crew on or in connection with an American vessel which is:
(i) Owned by or bareboat chartered to the United States, and
(ii) The business of which is conducted by a general agent of the Secretary of Commerce; and
(iii) If contributions on account of such service are required under section 3305(g) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 3305(g)) to be made to an unemployment fund under a State law;
(13) By an individual excluded by any other Federal law from coverage under the UCFE Program; or
(14) By an individual whose service is covered by the UCX Program to which part 614 of this chapter applies.


20 CFR § 609.2

Scoping language

For the purposes of the Act and this part:

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