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Frequently Asked Questions Classification

What are OPM's responsibilities for position classification and job grading?

OPM has two major responsibilities performed by two offices. Classification and Assessment Policy sets Government-wide policy for the General Schedule (GS) white collar position classification system and the Federal Wage System (FWS) blue collar job grading system and issues position classification standards used to classify GS positions and job grading standards used to grade FWS jobs. Merit System Audit and Compliance decides classification and job grading appeals from current Federal employees. A decision from OPM is the final administrative decision on appeals.

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