(a) OPM may except positions from the competitive service when it determines that (A)
appointments thereto through competitive examination are not practicable, or (B) recruitment
from among students attending qualifying educational institutions or individuals who
have recently completed qualifying educational programs can better be achieved by
devising additional means for recruiting and assessing candidates that diverge from
the processes generally applicable to the competitive service. These positions shall be listed in OPM's annual report for the fiscal year in which
the exceptions are made.
(b) OPM shall decide whether the duties of any particular position are such that it may
be filled as an excepted position under the appropriate schedule.
(c) Notice of OPM's decision granting authority to make appointments to an excepted position
under the appropriate schedule shall be published in the Federal Register.
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