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Appointing Authorities


MISCELLANEOUS AUTHORITIES REGULATED BY OPM

Category Authorities Description
Career or Career-Conditional Appointment Under Special Authorities 5 CFR Part 315, Subpart F This subpart contains noncompetitive appointing authorities covering a variety of situations and individuals, such as Peace Corps volunteers, former overseas employees, and incumbents of positions brought into the competitive service.

MISCELLANEOUS AUTHORITIES NOT REGULATED BY OPM

Following is a list of other current appointing authorities that are authorized by statute or court order. Because the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) does not regulate these authorities, they are not listed in 5 CFR. This list contains the most widely known authorities; others may exist.

Using these authorities, an agency may appoint an eligible individual to any position for which the person meets the qualification standard and other requirements governing appointment to the competitive service, except they are not required to compete in a competitive examination.

They are not required to compete with career and career-conditional employees under internal merit staffing procedures unless an agency's policies require them to do so. The agency must verify applicant eligibility.

Category Authorities Description
Postal Career Service Employees 39 U.S.C. 1006 Permits appointment without a break of a single day of an employee or officer of the Postal Career Service (that is, one serving under appointment without time limit). Based on agreement between the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. Postal Service, an employee must have completed Postal probation (that is, 3 months on a substantially full-time basis, or 520 hours).
Postal Rate Commission Employees 39 U.S.C. 3604(e) Permits appointment without a break in service of a single day of an employee or officer of the Postal Rate Commission serving under an appointment without time limit. Based on agreement between U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Postal Rate Commission, an employee must have completed probation (one year) under Postal Rate Commission Career Service appointment.
General Accounting Office (GAO) Employees 31 U.S.C. 732(g) Permits appointment of a current or former General Accounting Office (GAO) employee who has completed at least 1 year of continuous service under a nontemporary appointment that began on or after October 1, 1980.
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Employees 28 U.S.C. 602 Permits appointment of a current or former Administrative Office of the U.S. Counts (AO) employee, except employees appointed to a high level position under 28 U.S.C. 603 or a position of a confidential or policy-determining nature. An employee must have completed at least 1 year of continuous service under nontemporary AO appointment.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Employees Pub. L. 103-317, section 115 (8/26/94) Permits appointment of a person:- (1) Who on 8/26/94 was serving in an appointed position (under other than a temporary or term basis) with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services Division (the Division) that was to be relocated from Washington, DC, to Clarksburg, West Virginia; (2) Whose last previous Federal employment was with the Division; and (3) Who has not relocated with the Division. Appointment eligibility is for 2 years after separation from the Division.

Page last edited: October 18, 2007

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