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Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions

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Policies and Instructions

General Policies:
G. Establishment of Additional Standards

The standards contained in this section, adapted by use of agency selective factors when necessary, should fit most jobs. Agency headquarters may request establishment of separate standards when the pattern of experience/education for their positions does not follow that of one of the published standards. An agency request for a new standard should include the following information:

  • Approximate number of jobs in the agency that would be covered by the proposed standard, with their grades and organizational and geographic locations;

  • Representative position descriptions, including at least one at the full-performance level, evaluation statements, and related classification information;

  • An explanation of why current standards and selective factors are unsatisfactory;

  • A proposed qualification standard and a job analysis showing how the proposed requirements at entry, full-performance, and higher levels relate to the work to be performed at those levels;

  • A list of any other agencies known to have similar positions; and

  • Any additional information related to creation of a new standard.

Requests to establish additional standards or to update standards should be sent to:

U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Strategic Human Resources Policy Division
Center for Talent and Capacity Policy
1900 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20415