5 U.S. Code § 3325 - Appointments to scientific and professional positions

(a) Positions established under section 3104 of this title are in the competitive service. However, appointments to the positions are made without competitive examination on approval of the qualifications of the proposed appointee by the Office of Personnel Management on the basis of standards developed by the agency involved in accordance with criteria specified in regulations prescribed by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management.
(b) This section does not apply to positions established under section 3104 (c).
(c) The Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall prescribe such regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purpose of this section.


(Pub. L. 89–554, Sept. 6, 1966, 80 Stat. 423; Pub. L. 95–454, title IX, § 906(a)(2),Oct. 13, 1978, 92 Stat. 1224; Pub. L. 102–378, § 2(12),Oct. 2, 1992, 106 Stat. 1347; Pub. L. 110–372, § 2(c)(3),Oct. 8, 2008, 122 Stat. 4044.)

Historical and Revision Notes
Derivation U.S. Code Revised Statutes and Statutes at Large
(a) 5 U.S.C. 1162(a). Oct. 4, 1961, Pub. L. 87–367, § 202 “Sec. 2(a)”, 75 Stat. 790.
(b) 5 U.S.C. 1161 (g) (2d sentence). Oct. 11, 1962, Pub. L. 87–793, § 1001(a)(2) “(g) (2d sentence)”, 76 Stat. 863.

In subsection (a), the words “or its designee” are substituted for “or such officers or agents as the Commission may designate”.
For repeal of the Act of Aug. 1, 1947, ch. 433, 61 Stat. 715, as amended, see revision note for section 3104.
Standard changes are made to conform with the definitions applicable and the style of this title as outlined in the preface to the report.

2008—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 110–372, § 2(c)(3)(A), substituted “on the basis of standards developed by the agency involved in accordance with criteria specified in regulations prescribed by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management” for “or its designee for this purpose”.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 110–372, § 2(c)(3)(B), added subsec. (c).
1992—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 102–378substituted “section 3104 (c)” for “section 3104 (a)(7) of this title”.
1978—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 95–454substituted “Office of Personnel Management” for “Civil Service Commission”.
Effective Date of 2008 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 110–372effective on the first day of the first pay period beginning on or after the 180th day following Oct. 8, 2008, see section 2(d) ofPub. L. 110–372, set out as a note under section 5376 of this title.
Effective Date of 1978 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 95–454effective 90 days after Oct. 13, 1978, see section 907 ofPub. L. 95–454, set out as a note under section 1101 of this title.

The table below lists the classification updates, since Jan. 3, 2012, for this section. Updates to a broader range of sections may be found at the update page for containing chapter, title, etc.

The most recent Classification Table update that we have noticed was Tuesday, August 13, 2013

An empty table indicates that we see no relevant changes listed in the classification tables. If you suspect that our system may be missing something, please double-check with the Office of the Law Revision Counsel.

5 USCDescription of ChangeSession YearPublic LawStatutes at Large

This is a list of parts within the Code of Federal Regulations for which this US Code section provides rulemaking authority.

This list is taken from the Parallel Table of Authorities and Rules provided by GPO [Government Printing Office].

It is not guaranteed to be accurate or up-to-date, though we do refresh the database weekly. More limitations on accuracy are described at the GPO site.

5 CFR - Administrative Personnel



LII has no control over and does not endorse any external Internet site that contains links to or references LII.