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The Intergovernmental Transfer Program is a voluntary program which offers New Jersey's Civil Service employees the opportunity to transfer from one jurisdiction to another, while maintaining permanent civil service status. This innovative program allows State, County and Local government employees to explore new career opportunities, whether for personal or professional reasons, and helps locate new jobs for those facing layoffs.

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Classified employees in permanent career service titles working in State, county and municipal Merit System (civil service) jurisdictions are eligible to use this transfer program. Employees in public safety careers are only eligible if they hold an entry-level title. Employees who transfer must be placed in the same title, or in a job with substantially similar duties and requirements. When job titles are different, the Civil Service Commission compares both positions to make the final determination. In certain cases, qualifying examinations may be required.

The Intergovernmental Transfer Program is designed to result in a positive outcome for all parties involved. Some benefits for you are:

Employees Have the Opportunity to Make a Change- Employees with permanent civil service status can transfer to another jurisdiction, for personal or professional reasons, without a break in service.

Employees can transfer to ANY Civil Service Jurisdiction- Intergovernmental transfers can take place from and to any jurisdiction:

  • State
  • County
  • Local

Individuals Facing Layoffs Can Transfer to a New Position- This program is highly beneficial for employees facing layoffs. Individuals can transfer to other jurisdictions within 1 year after the effective date of layoff. The impact of reductions-in-force can be minimized when such transfers are made as a pre-layoff action.

Program Allows State and Local agencies to reduce time and cost of recruitment and testing- Agencies can hire experienced employees that already hold permanent civil service status, resulting in less time and money spent in the recruiting and hiring process. Also, experienced employees will eliminate the need for initial training.

  • Winner of the 2003 Eugene H. Rooney, Jr. Award: The National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE) recognizes innovative state human resource management practices that ensure access and equity while enhancing productivity and service delivery.
  • Nominated by the Council of State Governments, Eastern Regional Conference: The Office of Intergovernmental Services' Transfer Program was recently nominated as a semi-finalist by the Council of State Governments to participate in their "Council of State Governments Innovations Program" Eastern Regional Conference.
  • Quality New Jersey 2 nd Annual Government Best Practices Workshop: The Intergovernmental Transfer Program was selected for presentation at Quality New Jersey's (QNJ) 2nd Annual Government Best Practices Workshop. QNJ is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization that works in partnership with the New Jersey Commerce and Economic Growth Commission, and is a catalyst for performance excellence "Making New Jersey the Best Place to Work and Live."


  1. The first step in completing your transfer is to identify a current Transfer Vacancy Opening that you would like to apply for.
  2. Second, if you find a Transfer Vacancy Opening that you're interested in, you'll want to apply directly to the appointing authority.
  3. Third, the appointing authority must submit information about a Transfer Vacancy to the Division by completing DPF-722 [pdf]
  4. Finally, have the appointing authority obtain a copy of the Guide to the Intergovernmental Transfer Process for Appointing Authorities [pdf] contacting Intergovernmental Services at igs.support@csc.state.nj.us.

Transferring candidates are responsible for negotiating all areas of employment concerns. Some matters to consider are:

  • Salary and other compensation
  • Tax deferred compensation
  • Leave balances (vacation and sick time)
  • Sick leave carry-over (except for Municipal Police and Municipal Firefighters)
  • Supplement (Supplemental) compensation on retirement (SCOR)
  • Life Insurance Benefits
  • Health and Dental Insurance and vision care benefits
  • Seniority carry-over (except for Municipal Police and Municipal Firefighters)


After a candidate has been interviewed and is offered employment, an Intergovernmental Transfer Agreement Form (DPF-721 [pdf]) shall be completed and signed by all four parties: sending agency, receiving agency, employee and the Civil Service Commission. The receiving agency will forward all documents to the Office of Intergovernmental Services for approval. Intergovernmental Services reviews the transfer request and notifies all parties of approval.

  • Once the employee has started with the new agency there is no grace period for returning to the sending agency.

  • Vacation time will not be carried to the new position (the sending agency is responsible for paying individual unused earned vacation time).

  • Intergovernmental Transfers are not promotional personnel actions.


DPF-722 [pdf] Appointing Authority Position Vacancy Request
DPF-721 [pdf] Intergovernmental Transfer Agreement
DPF-742 [pdf] Leaves, Separations and Transfers Form
DPF-743 [pdf] New Hire and Intergovernmental Transfer Form


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