As a Smithsonian employee, you received either a Federal or a Smithsonian Trust Fund
Individuals appointed to Federal positions are paid from the Smithsonian's annual Federal
appropriation. Types of Federal appointments are career, career conditional, term, temporary not
to exceed one year, temporary pending the establishment of a register (TAPER), and status quo.
Federal appointments may be to the competitive or excepted service. The type of Federal
appointment will determine the type of Federal benefits for which you are eligible.
Individuals appointed to Smithsonian Trust positions are paid from the Smithsonian's Trust
There are two types of Trust appointments: indefinite and temporary. The length of the Trust
appointment and your age will determine your benefit entitlement. Smithsonian work schedules
may be full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
All Smithsonian employment is subject to acceptable performance and conduct, availability of
funds, and continued need for your position.
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