Federal Civil Service Employment

To fill U.S.

Government job vacancies with the best qualified applicants available.

Agency - Office of Personnel Management

Office - None.

Contacts made directly to personnel offices of Federal agencies of interest or through national job information sources listed below under "Headquarters Office."
Website Address


Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2001, a total of 10,211,636 inquiries were answered.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Positions with Federal agencies are filled without discrimination with regard to race, religion, sex, politics, age or any other nonmerit factor.

In most cases, applicants qualify through a competitive examination.

Requirements are set in relation to the duties to be performed.

Veterans receive preference as provided by law.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any United States citizen, age 18 or older, (in certain cases, citizens age 16 may apply.

There are special programs to help place individuals with physical disabilities, mental retardation, those who have been mentally restored, and the disadvantaged.

Beneficiary Eligibility

U.S. Citizens, age 18 (and, in certain cases, age 16) or older.


Dependent upon prerequisite requirements for each position.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Application forms are available as indicated in the specific vacancy announcement.

Award Procedures



Provided in the specific vacancy announcement.


Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, Public Law 95- 454; Reorganization Plan No. 2, 1978.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 1 to 8 weeks.


An applicant may request reconsideration of his or her rating, whether eligible or ineligible, from the examining office that assigned the rating.


If a continuing list of applicants is maintained, eligible ratings may normally be extended, upon request, beyond the initial eligibility period.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements


Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries and Expenses) Obligations devoted to administration, not spending identifiable.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Information about open examinations and Job Vacancy Announcements are available from sources listed below under "Headquarters Office."

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Contacts made directly to personnel offices of Federal agencies of interest or through national job information sources listed below under "Headquarters Office."

Headquarters Office

Federal employment information is available nationwide from the following sources: USA JOBS - OPM's Web site: www.usajobs.opm.gov; Federal Job Opportunities Board (FJOB): (912) 757- 3100; Touch Screen Computer Kiosks: Located in OPM offices and Federal buildings throughout the country. Job information is also available by telephone on the USA JOBS Telephone Listing System: Atlanta, GA, (404) 331-4315; Chicago, IL, (312) 353-6192; Dayton, OH, (937) 225-2720; Denver, CO, (303) 969-7050; Detroit, MI, (313) 226-6950; Honolulu, HI, (808) 541-2791; Huntsville, AL, (205) 837-0894; Kansas City, MO, (816) 426-5702; Norfolk, VA, (757) 441-3355; Philadelphia, PA, (215) 597-7440; Raleigh, NC, (919) 790-2822; San Antonio, TX, (210) 805-2402; San Francisco, CA, (415) 744-5627; Seattle, WA, (206) 553-0888; Twin Cities, MN, (612) 725-3430; Washington, DC, (202) 606-2700; Nationwide, (912) 757-3000; and TDD Service, (912) 744-2299.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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