A limited appointment in the Service, including an appointment of an individual who is an employee of an agency, may not exceed 5 years in duration and, except as provided in subsections (b) and (c), may not be extended or renewed. A limited appointment in the Service which is limited by its terms to a period of one year or less is a temporary appointment.
A limited appointment may be extended for continued service—
as a career candidate, if—
continued service is determined appropriate to remedy a matter that would be cognizable as a grievance under subchapter XI; or
the individual is serving in the uniformed services (as defined in section 4303 of title 38
) and the limited appointment expires in the course of such service;
as a career employee in another Federal personnel system serving in a Foreign Service position on detail from another agency;
as a foreign national employee;
in exceptional circumstances if the Secretary determines the needs of the Service require the extension of—
a limited noncareer appointment for a period not to exceed 1 year; or
a limited appointment of a career candidate for the minimum time needed to resolve a grievance, claim, investigation, or complaint not otherwise provided for in this section.
[Pub. L. 96–465, title I, § 309], Oct. 17, 1980, [94 Stat. 2086]; [Pub. L. 100–204, title I, § 176], Dec. 22, 1987, [101 Stat. 1361]; [Pub. L. 103–236, title I, § 180(a)(1)], Apr. 30, 1994, [108 Stat. 415]; [Pub. L. 103–415, § 1(hh)], Oct. 25, 1994, [108 Stat. 4303]; [Pub. L. 114–323, title IV, § 409], Dec. 16, 2016, [130 Stat. 1930].)