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Prospective Participants from Private Sector:

For the purposes of ITEP, private sector employees may come from nonpublic or commercial individuals and businesses, nonprofit organizations, academia, scholastic institutions, and nongovernmental organizations.

A private sector employee desiring to participate in ITEP must:

• Be a U.S. citizen
• Work in the information technology field
• Be equivalent to a GS-11 or above
• Be considered an exceptional employee
• Be expected to assume increased responsibilities in the future

Depending on the nature of the exchange detail, participants may be required to hold a security clearance. The sponsoring DoD Component is responsible for determining the appropriate level of clearance.

Exceptional employee means performance meets or exceeds all standards established at the fully successful level or above and makes significant contributions towards achieving organizational goals.

Information technology means the planning, organizing, staffing, directing, integrating or controlling of information technology, including occupational specialty areas such as system administration, IT project management, network services, operating systems, software application, cybersecurity, enterprise architecture, policy and planning, internet/web services, customer support, data management and system analysis.

While detailed to DoD, a private sector employee is deemed to be an employee of the DoD for certain purposes and is bound by applicable federal and DoD regulations regarding personal conduct, security requirements and ethical behavior.

The private sector employee may not have access to any trade secrets or to any other non-public information which is of commercial value to the private sector organization from which such employee originates. The private sector employee may also continue to receive pay and benefits from the private sector organization.

Length of Detail:

An assignment shall be for a period of not less than three months and not more than one year, and may be extended in three-month increments for a total of not more than one additional year by both the ITEP Component POC and private sector organization. This extension may be granted in three-month increments not to exceed one year.
 
Payment of Salary and Allowances:

The private sector organization has full responsibility for payment of all salary and allowances to their employees participating in ITEP. Private sector employees participating in ITEP are entitled to all benefits afforded to similar employees of their respective lending organizations, including medical care, according to subscribed plans and Worker’s Compensation for injuries sustained in the line of duty.

Business Training and Travel Expenses:

The receiving organization (recipient of the ITEP participant) may pay for any business training and travel expenses incurred by the employee while participating in ITEP. The employee shall provide vouchers and all supporting receipts to the receiving organization for review and approval.

Prohibition:

A private sector organization may not charge the DoD or any agency of the federal government, as direct or indirect costs under a federal contract, for the costs of pay or benefits paid by that organization to an employee assigned to a DoD Component for the period of the detail.

Application Process:

If you meet the eligibility requirements above and are interested in participating in ITEP, please send your request to  OSD.ITEP@mail.mil.