Job Terminology Glossary


3 | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | R | S | T | U | V
Name Term description
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)

A process by which employees who have been involuntarily separated may receive selection priority for jobs in agencies other than the one in which they were previously employed. Employees must apply for positions in the local commuting area and include proof that they were displaced. (OPM The Employee's Guide to Career Transition p (15) and 5 CFR 330.701)

Interdisciplinary Position

A position involving duties and responsibilities closely related to more than one professional occupation. As a result, you could classify the position into two or more professional occupational series. The nature of the work is such that persons with education and experience in two or more professions may be considered equally well qualified to do the work. In both categories the position description should show clearly that the position is interdisciplinary and indicate the various series in which the position could be classified. The final position classification is determined by the qualifications of the person selected for the position. (OPM Job Family Position Classification)

Intermittent Employees

Service when an employee works on less than a full-time basis with no prescheduled tour of duty. In the past, “WAE” was used on personnel documents to identify intermittent service. (OPM GPPA Ch 35 p (35-6))

Intramural or Intramural Research Program (IRP)

Organizational component of research which is conducted by federally employed scientists within its laboratories on or near the NIH campus and in the NIH research hospital. The intramural program is the sum of all the research projects carried out by NIH investigators and trainees in NIH facilities to develop scientific and professional skills that will enable them to become leaders in the biomedical research community. (NIH OIR and NIH OITE)


An NIH employee who is a tenure-track scientist on a time-limited appointment. Investigators are selected by a competitive national search. A tenure-track position represents a commitment by the IC of independent resources, including salary, operating budget, personnel, and space. Research resources are adjusted based on scientific merit. (NIH OIR)