Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)

Important Note for Merit Promotion Announcements

Under the Area of Consideration for Merit announcement, all regions will be including the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) for eligible applicants.

Along with Forest Service-wide applicants already in career or career-conditional appointments, temporary employees who meet the U.S. Forest Service Southwestern Region Southwestern Fire Hire Outreach Notice 5 Updated August 23, 2019 LMWFA eligibility requirements may also apply to the merit announcement.

Temporary and Term Appointments

For the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, a time-limited competitive appointment is either a temporary appointment or a term appointment defined as:

Temporary Appointment

  • A competitive nonpermanent appointment for a period not to exceed 1-year (Maybe extended be extended up to a maximum of 1 additional year for a total of 24 months of service). This includes 1039 appointments.

Term Appointment

  • A competitive nonpermanent appointment for a period of more than 1-year but not more than 4 years.

Excepted Service Temporary Appointments

  • These do not count toward eligibility for this Act.

LMWFA Eligibility Criteria

All of the following must be met.

  • Appointed to the initial time-limited appointment under open, competitive examination (e.g., OPM competitive list of eligible, Demonstration Project Authority, Delegated Examining, etc.).
  • Must have served in specific land management agency/agencies under one or more time-limited appointment(s) for more than 24 months (without a break in service of two or more years).
  • Performance was at an acceptable level throughout the (more than) 24 months of employment.
  • Most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance.

Required Documents to Show Eligibility for LMWFA

Documentation of Service Time Eligibility

  • Copies of Notification of Personnel Action(s) (SF-50s) showing the employee has served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years.
  • (Include initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work).
  • Failure to provide proper documentation in order to determine eligibility may result in loss of consideration.

Documentation of Acceptable Performance for Service Time

  1. Performance rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards their eligibility, signed by their supervisor(s); or
  2. If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from the employee’s supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards their eligibility.

Applicants who do not provide a performance appraisal (1) above, or other performance documentation (2) above for any period that they are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, shall provide:

  • A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available.
  • A statement that their performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, their most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and they were never notified that they were not eligible for rehire based on performance.
  • This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals.

Land Management Agencies

Land Management Agencies are defined as:

  • USDA
    • Forest Service
  • Department of Interior agencies
    • Bureau of Land Management
    • National Park Service
    • Fish and Wildlife Service
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs
    • Bureau of Reclamation

If you need additional information, contact the Forest Fire Management Point of Contact.



Key Contacts

Fire Hire
Karin Frost-Madrid
Regional Work Force Planning and Training Specialist

333 Broadway Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 842-3206
Fax: (505) 842-3806

Forest Contacts

Southwest Engine Academy
Mat Rau
SWEA Coordinator

Fire Management Contacts

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