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Selection and Promotion of Individuals in GS 1102 Series Positions


OPM GS-1102 Series Requirements

Educational and experience requirements for employees hired into GS 1102 series positions are set out in the Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standard.  

Briefly, the education requirement is -

For appointment to positions in Grades 5 - 12, the candidate must meet at least one of the above.  For appointment to positions in Grade 13 and above, the candidate must meet both these requirements. 

>>  Please refer to the OPM standard and the vacancy announcement for a more complete discussion of the education and experience requirements. <<

DOI GS-1102 Series Training Requirements

In addition to the OPM education requirements, the U.S. Department of the Interior has established specialized training requirements for appointment or progression to positions at or above the GS-1102-13 level. This requirement is set out in a memorandum dated 2/7/2002, signed by the DOI Senior Procurement Executive and the Director, Office of Personnel Policy.

Beginning 1/1/2007, DOI will be adopting the FAC-C Level II training requirements in place of the list from the 2/7/2002 memo.  Older training not recognized by DOD as a predecessor or equivalent to DAU classes will not be accepted without approved fulfillment documentation signed by a Defense Agency under DAWIA or by a civilian agency under the FAC-C program.  Civilian agency fulfillment programs that predate FAC-C are not recognized.]

Documentation

Before an applicant can be selected, he or she must provide documentary evidence that applicable education and training requirements have been met.  This material need not be included with initial applications, but will be requested by email after the announcement closes, if needed.  Please refer to the vacancy announcement for a more complete description of this process and time frames for providing these documents.

Education

When requested, the applicant must submit all college transcripts(s) to receive credit for completing the education requirements. If your transcripts do not show you have received a degree, then also provide a copy of your degree.

Training

When requested, submit a legible copy of your course completion certificates or transcripts for acquisition classes that correspond to the above listed training courses. This includes the following Defense Acquisition University (DAU) classes or their DAU-recognized predecessors or equivalents.

A copy of your Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB) or DAU transcript showing course completion are acceptable substitutes for training certificates.

Only DAWIA or FAC-C Contracting Certificates are accepted as a substitute for training certificates or transcripts.  DOI's procedures do not provide for substitution of on-the-job experience for the formal classroom training unless supported by approved fulfillment document signed by a Defense Agency under DAWIA or by a civilian agency under the FAC-C program.

Evaluations

Before we can hire for any GS 1102 series position at or above grade 13, we need to evaluate the applicant's education and experience against the OPM qualification standard and his/her acquisition training against the FAC-C Level II required training to determine whether or not the applicant meets the requirements. If the vacancy announcement states that waivers of the education and/or training requirements may be considered, then the need for a waiver is not a factor in the selection decision, per se, but is something we need to address before a job offer can be made. If a waiver request is approved by DOI, we are permitted to select a candidate who has not yet completed all the requirements; however, we will be required to develop a plan for completion of any missing education or training, before we obtain a waiver from DOI. 

Exceptions

Grandfathering

Employees who occupied GS-1102 series positions on January 1, 2000, can qualify for GS-1102 positions without having to meet the education and training requirements, as follows:

Employees must still meet the specialized experience and training requirements of the new position.

Waivers

If waivers may be considered for a particular position, this will be stated in the vacancy announcement.

DOI has established criteria and procedures for granting waivers to permit selection or promotion of individuals who are lacking some of the education and/or training requirements for positions at GS-13 or above.  These are set out in the memorandum dated 2/7/2002, signed by the DOI Senior Procurement Executive and the Director, Office of Personnel Policy.

In general terms, DOI will consider waivers as follows: 
  ·  candidates lacking educational requirements that can be remedied within 2 years;
  ·  candidates lacking required training that can be remedied within 1 year.

Where a recruitment attempt produces no candidates meeting the qualification standard, the above time frames will not apply and the selected employee will be required to complete the missing education and/or training "within a reasonable period of time."

If a waiver is obtained, the selected employee will be required to sign a Condition of Employment Agreement committing to completing the missing courses.

Waivers are not permitted for the work experience requirements of the OPM standard.

Waivers are not permitted for new entrants into the GS-1102 career field at grades 5 through 12.

>>  Please refer to the DOI memorandum for a more complete discussion of the different kinds of waivers and the associated criteria and conditions.  <<

Disclaimer:  Nothing in this page is intended to override or make an exception to the language of the OPM standard or DOI implementing memorandum.  In the event of a conflict, those original source documents take precedence over these web pages.


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