5 U.S. Code § 3393 - Career appointments
(a) Each agency shall establish a recruitment program, in accordance with guidelines which shall be issued by the Office of Personnel Management, which provides for recruitment of career appointees from—
(b) Each agency shall establish one or more executive resources boards, as appropriate, the members of which shall be appointed by the head of the agency from among employees of the agency or commissioned officers of the uniformed services serving on active duty in such agency. The boards shall, in accordance with merit staffing requirements established by the Office, conduct the merit staffing process for career appointees, including—
(1) reviewing the executive qualifications of each candidate for a position to be filled by a career appointee; and
(1) The Office shall establish one or more qualifications review boards, as appropriate. It is the function of the boards to certify the executive qualifications of candidates for initial appointment as career appointees in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Office. Of the members of each board more than one-half shall be appointed from among career appointees. Appointments to such boards shall be made on a non-partisan basis, the sole selection criterion being the professional knowledge of public management and knowledge of the appropriate occupational fields of the intended appointee.
(2) The Office shall, in consultation with the various qualification review boards, prescribe criteria for establishing executive qualifications for appointment of career appointees. The criteria shall provide for—
(B) consideration of successful participation in a career executive development program which is approved by the Office; and
(d) An individual’s initial appointment as a career appointee shall become final only after the individual has served a 1-year probationary period as a career appointee.
(e) Each career appointee shall meet the executive qualifications of the position to which appointed, as determined in writing by the appointing authority.
(g) A career appointee may not be removed from the Senior Executive Service or civil service except in accordance with the applicable provisions of sections 1215,,  3592, 3595, 7532, or 7543 of this title.
 So in original.
Source(Added Pub. L. 95–454, title IV, § 403(a),Oct. 13, 1978, 92 Stat. 1161; amended Pub. L. 97–35, title XVII, § 1704(c),Aug. 13, 1981, 95 Stat. 758; Pub. L. 98–615, title III, § 306(b)(1),Nov. 8, 1984, 98 Stat. 3220; Pub. L. 101–12, § 9(b),Apr. 10, 1989, 103 Stat. 35; Pub. L. 101–194, title V, § 506(b)(2),Nov. 30, 1989, 103 Stat. 1758; Pub. L. 101–280, § 6(d)(1),May 4, 1990, 104 Stat. 160; Pub. L. 107–296, title XIII, § 1321(a)(1)(A),Nov. 25, 2002, 116 Stat. 2296.)
A prior section 3393, added Pub. L. 95–437, § 3(a),Oct. 10, 1978, 92 Stat. 1057, which related to limitations concerning part-time career employment opportunities, was renumbered as section 3403 of this title by Pub. L. 95–454, title IX, § 906(c)(1)(B),Oct. 13, 1978, 92 Stat. 1226.
2002—Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 107–296struck out “3393a” after “1215,”.
1990—Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 101–280made technical correction to directory language of Pub. L. 101–194, see 1989 Amendment below.
Pub. L. 101–12substituted “1215” for “1207”.
1984—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 98–615inserted provision referring to commissioned officers of the uniformed services serving on active duty in such agency in provisions preceding par. (1).
1981—Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 97–35added subsec. (g).
Effective Date of 2002 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 107–296effective 60 days after Nov. 25, 2002, see section 4 ofPub. L. 107–296, set out as an Effective Date note under section 101 of Title 6, Domestic Security.
Effective Date of 1989 Amendments
Amendment by Pub. L. 101–194effective Jan. 1, 1991, see section 506(d) ofPub. L. 101–194, set out as a note under section 3151 of this title.
Amendment by Pub. L. 101–12effective 90 days following Apr. 10, 1989, see section 11 ofPub. L. 101–12, set out as a note under section 1201 of this title.
Effective Date of 1984 Amendment
Pub. L. 98–615, title III, § 307,Nov. 8, 1984, 98 Stat. 3220, provided that: “The amendments made by this title [enacting section 3595a of this title, amending this section and sections 3135, 3593 to 3595, 4312, 5383, and 5384 of this title, and enacting provisions set out as a note under section 3131 of this title] shall be effective following the expiration of the 90-day period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act [Nov. 8, 1984], except that the amendments made by section 304 [amending sections 3395, 3595, 7543, and 8336 of this title] shall be effective as of such date of enactment.”
Effective Date of 1981 Amendment