42 U.S. Code § 7237 - Priority placement, job placement, retraining, and counseling programs for United States Department of Energy employees affected by reduction in force
(1) For the purposes of this section, the term “agency” means the United States Department of Energy.
(2) For the purposes of this section, the term “eligible employee” means any employee of the agency who—
(A) is scheduled to be separated from service due to a reduction in force under—
(B) is separated from service due to such a reduction in force, but does not include—
(b) Priority placement and retraining program
Not later than 30 days after September 30, 1996, the United States Department of Energy shall establish an agency-wide priority placement and retraining program for eligible employees.
(c) Filling vacancy from outside agency
The priority placement program established under subsection (b) of this section shall include provisions under which a vacant position shall not be filled by the appointment or transfer of any individual from outside of the agency if—
(1) there is then available any eligible employee who applies for the position within 30 days of the agency issuing a job announcement and is qualified (or can be trained or retrained to become qualified within 90 days of assuming the position) for the position; and
(d) Job placement and counseling services
The head of the agency may establish a program to provide job placement and counseling services to eligible employees. A program established under subsection (d) of this section may include, but is not limited to, such services as—