For several months, the Federal Career Intern Program (FCIP) has been on life support and struggling. On December 27, 2010, the President authorized removing the program from life support via executive order. The FCIP succumbed immediately after being severely weakened by wounds suffered in a Merit Systems Protection Board decision issued in November, which ruled the program violated veteran’s preference. Prior to that decision, the FCIP was in bad health from spirited attacks from labor unions. To the end, the FCIP fought against attacks that the program circumvented merit principles and strayed from its original intent. For nearly ten years, the FCIP helped to introduce tens of thousands of employees to federal service. There are too many beneficiaries to name here, but customs and border protection officers, criminal investigators, contract specialists, and budget analyst across the government have black tape across their computer screens. We bid farewell to the FCIP, a dear friend, taken from us too soon. In the accident with FCIP was the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP). SCEP also did not survive its injuries.
However, both the FCIP and SCEP were pregnant with possibility at the time of their demise and I am happy to report that legislators were able to deliver the Internship Program and the Recent Graduates Program aka the Pathways Programs. Both were delivered without complication but sources close to the delivery indicate that the Office of Personnel Management must issue implementing regulations to ensure they reach full maturity.
Rest in peace, your work is done!