Welcome to the Employment Opportunities part of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Reemployed Annuitant Cadre (RAC) website. The RAC, part of USACE’s Directorate of Contingency Operations, is actively seeking motivated Federal Civil Service retirees who are willing to return to work for USACE on an intermittent basis with no reduction in their annuity. Created in 2005, in response to Hurricane Katrina, the RAC’s purpose is to provide readily available support in the event of natural or manmade disasters and for other important USACE missions. While emergency response remains its highest priority, the RAC has become more active in providing temporary employee resources, on a reimbursable basis, for other USACE missions in recent years.
All RAC positions are classified as General Schedule (GS) or Wage Grade (WG). There are no WS, WD, Special Power Rate, or other type of Wage positions in the RAC. Positions and pay offered is based on individual qualifications and experience (including recency of experience) as related to the needs of the program and USACE. Each applicant’s employment history is reviewed on a case by case basis to determine eligibility. There is no guarantee that the pay level offered will equal the pay of the pre-retirement position.
In order to be eligible for the RAC you must meet the following qualifications.
Be a retired Federal Civil Service employee receiving an annuity from the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (CSRS or FERS) or a retired Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) employee who elected to remain in CSRS or FERS and is receiving an annuity from the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund
Note – The RAC is not limited to Army civilian annuitants. Annuitants from other agencies may be considered if they demonstrate that they are eligible for appointment to a position with USACE, and meet the qualifying annuity requirements as described above.
You will not eligible for the RAO if any of the following apply.
- You received a VSIP (Voluntary Separation Incentive Program) from any Federal agency in the past five years (Note - after one year the VSIP can be repaid if the annuitant wishes to be considered, but the full amount of the VSIP must be repaid before an individual can be appointed.
- You have an appointment with another Federal agency.
- You do not have appropriate civil service eligibility for non-competitive appointment. In rare cases, for shortage category positions, annuitants may be appointed through competitive DEU announcements.
- You are retired from the uniformed services with no competitive service and annuity eligibility as outlined above.
- You are currently employed as a contractor or as a member of FEMA’s ‘Cadre On-Call Response Employees’ (COREs) program.
In order to be considered for the RAC you must also have a readily accessible personal email address. A personal email address is required because most communication including deployment information and medical recertification is accomplished through home email accounts. It must be a primary, active account and not use filters to block mail from the RA Office. The email address should reflect professionalism and, if possible, include the employee’s name so it is easily recognizable by the RA Office staff.
If you are interested in becoming part of the RAC, have retired and received your final SF 50B, have received your final Leave and Earnings statement showing that all accumulated leave has been paid and meet the qualifications outlined above, you can apply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and indicating your interest in the program.