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Agencies announce their SES vacancies on OPM's website USAJOBS. From there, you may
download information on vacancies of interest to you, complete the
application procedures, and submit your application to the agency that
has the vacancy. The agency submits the executive core qualifications
of the person selected to a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) convened
by OPM. The QRB must certify all selectees before they can be appointed
to the SES. Further information about the selection process is
available elsewhere on this site.
No. The reason is that 5 USC 2108(3) which
defines the term "preference eligible" provides that this term does not
include applicants for, or members of, the Senior Executive Service.
Criterion A cases are based on
demonstrated executive experience. Candidates must demonstrate that
they have experience/competence in all 5 ECQs.
Criterion B cases are based on successful
participation in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program
(SESCDP). Candidates who compete governmentwide and successfully
complete a CDP are eligible for non-competitive appointment to the SES.
(However, successful completion does not guarantee placement in the
Criterion C cases are based on the candidate's
having special or unique qualities that indicate a likelihood of success
in the SES. Candidates must demonstrate that they have the
qualifications for the position and the potential to quickly acquire
full competence in the 5 ECQs. The package submitted for QRB approval
must contain the agency's assessment of why the selectee uniquely
qualifies for the position, and an Individual Development Plan that
focuses on the specific ECQs that need to be enhanced.
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