The Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) allows for the temporary assignment of skilled personnel between the Federal Government and state and local governments, colleges and universities, Indian tribal governments, federally funded research and development centers, and other eligible organizations. The IPA is authorized by Title 5 U.S. Code Sections 3371 through 3375 and 5 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 334. Personnel Bulletin 21-05 IPA Mobility Program and the IPA Crosswalk and Checklist provide full guidance for DOI Bureaus and Offices utilizing this program.
The assignment must be of mutual concern and benefit to the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the non-Federal organization. Assignments arranged to meet the personal interests of employees, to circumvent personnel ceilings, or to avoid unpleasant personnel decisions are contrary to the spirit and intent of the IPA mobility assignment program.
The goal of the IPA mobility program is to facilitate the movement of employees, for short periods of time, when it serves a sound public purpose – such as:
Organizations eligible to participate in the IPA Mobility Program include: state and local governments; domestic colleges and universities that are accredited; Indian tribal governments; federally funded research and development centers; and "other" eligible organizations.
DOI maintains and approves a list of other organizations. “Other” organization is defined as:
If an office wants to establish an IPA assignment with an entity that falls under the “other” organization description above and is not already on the list of approved organizations, the following steps must be taken to receive certification from the DOI Office of Human Capital prior to establishing an assignment:
Assignments under the IPA are management-initiated and must be implemented by a written agreement, Optional Form (OF) 69 Assignment Agreement. The agreement must be signed by the assignee, the approving official of the non-Federal organization involved, and the appropriate bureau approving Official. Approval of all IPA mobility assignments is delegated to Bureau Director and may be re-delegated no lower than the bureau human capital officer. Approvals must be received before an assignment may begin.
Federal Employees Going on Assignment: If a Federal employee goes on detail to an outside organization and it's on a full-time basis for an extended period of time, then the RO will initiate an FPPS action. If the assignment in on a part-time or intermittent basis an FPPS action is not required. If a Federal employee goes on LWOP to accept the assignment, the RO will initiate an FPPS action.
Non-Federal Employee on Assignment to Federal Agency: If a non-federal employee is detailed to a Federal agency, no FPPS action is required because the individual is not our employee. If a non-federal employee is appointed to a Federal agency, then the RO will initiate an FPPS action and the pre-employment process will be followed.