Human Resources and Security Specialists should use this tool to determine the correct investigation level for any covered position within the U.S. Federal Government.
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A selective factor is a "screen-out" (i.e., if an applicant does not meet a selective factor, he/she is ineligible for further consideration).
Examples of assessment procedures include:
For more information refer to the Delegated Examining Operations Handbook (DEOH) and the Assessment Decision Guide.
The ACWA written tests and the ACWA rating schedules are two assessment tools that comply with the requirements stated in Question & Answer #12 and are validated for use with the professional and administrative positions found at Appendix D in the DEOH, 2007. Agencies are not required to use ACWA and may use an alternative assessment tool, as long as that alternative(s) complies with the requirements stated in Question & Answer #12, with respect to the position(s) for which it is being used. If an agency has not developed alternative procedures for those positions identified in Appendix D, DEOH, 2007, OPM recommends continued use of ACWA.
Agencies may not replace validated assessments with education requirements because they do not constitute an assessment tool. Rather, they are part of the qualification standard and do not comply with the applicable requirements for a valid assessment tool. If an agency chooses to develop its own assessment tool, we recommend the agency consult with its legal counsel regarding whether the tool complies with all applicable requirements.
There is no Group Coverage Qualification Standard for this series. Use the Individual Occupational Requirements described below.