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Classification flysheets describe the work, but refer the user to other standards or guides for grading guidance. Some broad standards are issued as "functional guides" and provide criteria for determining the grade level of work in multiple occupations.
Position classification standards and guidance covering most Federal positions are accessible on the internet at: http://www.opm.gov/fedclass/index.asp for white collar positions, and http://www.opm.gov/fedclass/html/fwsdocs.asp for trades, craft, and labor positions.
The Standard Form 50 (SF-50), Notification of Personnel Action, contains your series, grade, and other information useful to you or required if applying for reinstatement. Refer to box 9 and/or 17 for the series or "Occ. Code." Box 10 and/or 18 provides the grade.
If you do not have a copy of your last SF-50, you can obtain it from the National Personnel Records Center of the National Archives and Records Administration. Civilian personnel records are normally transferred to the National Personnel Records Center within 120 days after an employee's separation from Federal employment. To obtain copies of your SF-50s, send written authorization to:
Your request should contain, at a minimum, the following information:
Finally, be sure to SIGN YOUR LETTER. No information will be released without a signed request. For more information, please visit their website at: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/civilian-personnel/
If the records center does not have your records, or you have left Federal Employment within the last 120 days, contact your previous agency's human resources office.
The classification website includes many useful documents, including the following handbooks:
Additionally, your agency human resources office can answer most of your classification inquiries. To contact OPM, please send email to email@example.com.
OPM publishes minimum qualifications for white collar jobs in the Federal service in the Operating Manual: Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions. For trades, craft, and labor positions, refer to The Job Qualifications System for Trades and Labor Occupations. HR specialists use these manuals to evaluate applicants for vacant positions in the Federal service.
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