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Executive Order 11315--Amending the Civil Service Rules to authorize an Executive Assignment System for positions in grades 16, 17, and 18 of the General Schedule

Source: The provisions of Executive Order 11315 of Nov. 17, 1966, appear at 31 FR 14729, 3 CFR, 1966-1970 Comp., p. 597, unless otherwise noted.

WHEREAS, the increasing complexities of Government require personnel of the highest attainable qualifications who are capable of assuming and discharging efficiently major and varied duties and responsibilities in the Executive Branch in response to present and future needs; and

WHEREAS, this need for high quality can best be met by the establishment of an executive assignment system for the top three grades of the General Schedule, extending and adapting merit principles in recruitment, selection, and development, combined with improvements in the identification, assignment and utilization of key personnel:

NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the United States, by 5 U.S.C. 3301 and 3302, and as President of the United States, it is ordered as follows:

Part I. Civil Service Rules

Editorial note: The provisions of section 1 of Part I, which set out a new Civil Service Rule IX, are codified at 5 CFR Part 9, and the provisions of section 2 of Part I are codified at 5 CFR 6.1 and 6.6.

Part II. Special Provisions for Transition to the Full Establishment of Executive Assignments Under Rule IX

Sec. 3. Effective dates. This order, except section 1, is effective upon filing for publication in the Federal Register.1 Section 1 of this order is effective not later than one year from the date of this order, or at such earlier dates as the Office of Personnel Management may specify for individual agencies or positions.

[Sec. 3 amended by Executive Order 12107 of Dec. 28, 1978, 44 FR 1055, 3 CFR, 1978 Comp., p. 264]

Sec. 4. Interim appointments. After the date of this order and before Civil Service Rule IX has become effective as to a position, an appointing officer may fill the position in accordance with the appointment system in effect on the day of the appointment.

Sec. 5. Conversion of incumbents. On the day Civil Service Rule IX becomes effective as to a position, the appointment of the incumbent of that position shall be changed as follows:
(a) If he is serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, he shall be converted to a Career Executive Assignment;
(b) If he is serving in the excepted service under a nontemporary appointment, he shall be converted to a Noncareer Executive Assignment;
(c) If he is serving in the competitive service under an indefinite or temporary appointment without definite time limit and:
(1) if he has served under this type of appointment for at least five years, he shall be:
(i) converted to a Career Executive Assignment, or appointed to a continuing position in the competitive service in grade GS-15, or below;
(ii) converted to a Noncareer Executive Assignment; or
(iii) separated from the service; or
(2) if he has served under this type of appointment for less than five years, he shall be:
(i) converted to a Noncareer Executive Assignment;
(ii) separated from the service; or
(iii) allowed to continue to serve until he has served five years, at which time the appointing officer shall take one of the actions provided for in subparagraph (1) of this paragraph.
An incumbent who is serving under any other type of appointment shall continue under that appointment until it is terminated.

Part III. Administration

Sec. 6. Office responsibilities. The Office of Personnel Management is responsible to the President for the effective implementation and administration of the executive assignment system established by this Order. The Office shall continuously review operations under this system, shall recommend promptly to the President any changes that are necessary to improve this system, and shall report periodically to the President any significant developments in the operation of the system. The Office shall recommend to the President a program of special honors and awards for the recognition of persons assigned to Career Executive Assignments and a program for the development and training of persons assigned to Career Executive Assignments. The training program shall include the establishment of special training and educational facilities, and provide for the relevant use of outside training facilities.

[Sec. 6 amended by Executive Order 12107 of Dec. 28, 1978, 44 FR 1055, 3 CFR, 1978 Comp., p. 264]

Sec. 7. Responsibilities of the agencies. The head of each agency in which there are positions covered by Civil Service Rule IX shall periodically review with the Office of Personnel Management his plans for staffing. The head of a newly established agency shall initially review with the Office his plans for staffing as soon as practicable after the establishment of the agency. The head of each agency shall cooperate fully with the Office in the establishment of special facilities and special boards and panels that are required under Civil Service Rule IX as a means of recruiting persons of the highest quality.

[Sec. 7 amended by Executive Order 12107 of Dec. 28, 1978, 44 FR 1055, 3 CFR, 1978 Comp., p. 264]

Sec. 8. Regulations. The Office of Personnel Management shall prescribe such regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purpose and intent of this Order.

[Sec. 8 amended by Executive Order 12107 of Dec. 28, 1978, 44 FR 1055, 3 CFR, 1978 Comp., p. 264]


1 Editorial note: Filed with the Office of the Federal Register Nov. 18, 1966.


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