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The terms, definitions, and acronyms on this page have been compiled to provide you with a better understanding of words frequently used in the senior executive service personnel system.
Noncareer: An individual, other than one serving under a career or limited appointment, who was appointed noncompetitively to an SES General position.
Noncareer: Appointment authority allocated on individual case basis by OPM; authority reverts to OPM when the noncareer appointee leaves the position. Appointments may be made only to General positions and cannot exceed 25 percent of the agency's SES position allocation; Governmentwide, only 10 percent of SES position allocations may be used for noncareer appointments.
Limited Term: Nonrenewable appointment for up to 3 years to an SES General position which will expire because of the nature of the work (e.g., a special project).
Limited Emergency: Nonrenewable appointment for up to 18 months to an SES General position which must be filled urgently. Total number of limited and limited emergency appointments may not exceed 5% of SES position allocation Governmentwide. Each agency has a pool equal to a percentage of its position allocation for making limited appointments of career or career-type employees from outside the SES. OPM must approve each use of appointment authority in other cases.
ES - Senior Executive Service
EX - Executive Schedule (levels I through V)
SL - Senior-level
ST - Scientific and professional
OT - Other pay plans
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Guide to Senior Executive Service: Provides general information about key features of the Senior Executive Service.
Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications: Provides detailed information about the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
Plum Book: Learn about policy and supporting positions in the Legislative and Executive Branches of the Federal Government.
Useful sources for legal references are provided below.
Code of Federal Regulations: The National Archives and Records Administration publishes the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
Statutes: The U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Law Revision Council prepares and publishes the United States Code (U.S.C.).
Merit Systems Protection Board: The Merit Systems Protection Board serves as an independent, bipartisan guardian of the merit systems under which Federal employees work.
Office of Special Counsel: The Office of Special Counsel serves to safeguard the merit system by protecting Federal employees and applicants from prohibited personnel practices, especially reprisal for whistleblowing.
Comptroller General Decisions: The Comptroller General, the head of the Government Accountability Office, issued decisions on civilian personnel pay and allowances in the past.
OPM has issued the below documents as guidance to supplement or explain SES regulations and statutes.
This is your library of SES documents. Explore the links below to find out more.