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Pandemic FAQ

What does an agency need to do to obtain an agency-specific excepted service Schedule A or B appointing authority?
The agency head (or designee) must submit a request to OPM with the following information:
  • Type and number of the occupation(s) and duties involved
  • Description of why attempts to hold competitive examining did not/could not work
  • Reasons why recruitment and competitive examining are not possible (e.g., emergency situation with immediate hiring need)
  • Other options the agency considered in trying to fill its positions
Agencies should submit their requests to:
Darlene Phelps
Human Resources Specialist

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