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Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions

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Policies and Instructions

General Policies:
A. Purpose and Scope

This section contains the policies, instructions, and standards used to help determine the qualifications of applicants for Federal employment. The qualification requirements in this section are used when filling General Schedule (GS) positions at grades GS-1 through GS-15. The requirements must be met by all individuals appointed to General Schedule positions in the competitive service. The qualification requirements in this section, other than testing, may be used for excepted service positions under Schedule B and also used for Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA) applicants.

Unless otherwise specified, the same policies, instructions and standards apply to both initial appointments and inservice placement actions.