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1450Federal Register / Vol. 64, No. 5 / Friday, January 8, 1999 / Notices

An applicant’s basic eligibility will be determined using OPM’s Operating Manual “Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions” and DAWIA requirements as needed.  Minimum eligibility requirements will be those at the lowest equivalent GS grade of the appropriate broadband level.  Selective placement factors may be established in accordance with OPM’s Operating Manual “Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions” when judged to be critical to successful job performance.  These factors will be communicated to applicants and must be met for basic eligibility.

Candidates who meet the basic “minimum” qualifications will be further evaluated based on knowledge, skills, and abilities which are directly linked to the positions(s) to be filled.  Based on this assessment, candidates will receive numerical scores of 70, 80, or 90.  No intermediate scores will be granted except for those eligibles who are entitled to veterans’ preference.  Preference eligibles meeting basic (minimum) qualifications will receive an additional five or ten points (depending on their preference eligibility), added to the minimum scores identified above.  Candidates will be placed in one of the quality groups based on their numerical score, including any veterans’ preference points: Basically Qualified (score of 70 to 79); Highly Qualified (score of 80 to 89); or Superior (score of 90 and above).  The names of preference eligibles will be entered ahead of others having the same numerical score.

For scientific/engineering and professional positions at the basic rate of pay equivalent to GS-9 and above, candidates will be referred by quality groups in the order of the numerical ratings, including any veterans’ preference points.  For all other positions, (i.e., other than scientific/engineering and professional positions at the equivalent of GS-9 and above), preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of ten percent or more who meet basic (minimum) eligibility will be listed at the top of the highest group certified.

Selecting officials should be provided with a reasonable number of qualified candidates from which to choose.  All candidates in the highest group will be certified.  If there is an insufficient number of candidates in the highest group, candidates in the next lower group may then be certified; should this process not yield a sufficient number, groups will be certified sequentially until a selection is made or the qualified pool is exhausted. When two or more groups are certified, candidates will be identified by quality group (i.e., Superior, Highly Qualified, Basically Qualified) in the order of their numerical scores.  Passing over any preference eligible(s) to select a nonpreference eligible requires approval under current pass-over or objection procedures.

(b) Scholastic Achievement Appointment

This demonstration project establishes a Scholastic Achievement Appointment that provides the authority to appoint candidates with degrees to positions with positive education requirements.  Candidates may be appointed under this procedure if: (1) they meet the minimum standards for the positions as published in OPM’s Operating Manual “Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions,” plus any selective factors stated in the vacancy announcement; (2) the occupation has a positive education requirement; (3) the candidate has a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in those courses in those fields of study that are specified in the Qualification Standards for the occupational series and an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; and (4) the appointment is into a position at a pay level lower than the top step of GS-7.  Appointments may also be made at the equivalent of GS-9 through GS-11 on the basis of graduate education and experience, but with the requirement of a GPA of at least 3.7 on a scale of 4.0 for graduate courses in the field of study required for the occupation.  Veterans’ preference procedures will apply when selecting candidates under this authority.  Preference eligibles who meet the above criteria will be considered ahead of nonpreference eligibles.  Passing over any preference eligible(s) to select a nonpreference eligible requires OPM approval under current objection procedures.  This authority allows for competitive appointment to positions at the broadband level II.

2.  Appointment Authority

The DoD acquisition environment is seriously affected by variable workload and mission changes that require flexibility not only in workforce numbers but required skills and knowledge.  The current personnel system is unable to adapt the workforce rapidly to these changes.  This demonstration project provides a method to expand and contract the workforce as needed.  Under this demonstration project there are three appointment options: permanent, temporary limited, and modified term appointments.  The permanent option is the existing career and career-conditional appointments.  The temporary limited option is the existing temporary-authority-not-to-exceed-one-year appointment.  The modified term option is a new

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