The meeting went better than expected and I was extended until the end of August in 07. This extension of time will carry me to the GS-11 Category and place me in a grouping with attorneys, PHD or experienced hands. The odds of a hire at the GS-11 level are much improved. Sadly there is a National hiring freeze and there are no jobs to compette for. The old school was that those who passed the writing test were assured of a job. This is the first time there are mre candidates than jobs.
The news was even worse for sme of the clerks and information officers. Ten people in my office will be let go on the end of January. In the meantime I will be saving my hours for a whoping severance in August. I should depart with a 6200 dollar severance check and be well positioned when jobs open again.
I feel sad for the clerks who work hard and make almost no money. The competition for those jobs are much fiercer than mine. Most of them have no hope of returning and their story ends on January 30.
I am still in VT until the end of August.