The SF-171, Application for Federal Employment, the OPM 1170 supplemental application forms, and certain related application forms, became obsolete on December 31, 1994, when Office of Management and Budget approval for the forms expired. Beginning on January 1, 1995, Federal agencies could no longer require the SF-171 as the only acceptable application form.
Applicants for Federal employment may now apply for employment consideration using a resume; the Optional Application for Federal Employment, form OF-612; or any other written format of choice. Occasionally, when electronic application processing systems are used, or when jobs require special skills, other specialized application forms may be required.
Because the SF-171 is no longer an official form, the Office of Personnel Management does not make the form or software available. You may obtain additional information about Federal resume requirements and software for the Optional Application Form from the USAJOBS web site at http://www.usajobs.gov/.
The OPM 1170 forms were used for collecting additional qualifications information from applicants, such as college courses or professional certifications and training. This information can now be supplied through other documents such as a transcript or a narrative addendum to an application.