5 U.S. Code § 5333 - Minimum rate for new appointments

New appointments shall be made at the minimum rate of the appropriate grade. However, under regulations prescribed by the Office of Personnel Management which provide for such considerations as the existing pay or unusually high or unique qualifications of the candidate, or a special need of the Government for his services, the head of an agency may appoint, with the approval of the Office in each specific case, an individual to a position at such a rate above the minimum rate of the appropriate grade as the Office may authorize for this purpose. The approval of the Office in each specific case is not required with respect to an appointment made by the Librarian of Congress.


(Pub. L. 89–554, Sept. 6, 1966, 80 Stat. 467; Pub. L. 90–83, § 1(19),Sept. 11, 1967, 81 Stat. 199; Pub. L. 95–454, title IX, § 906(a)(2), (3),Oct. 13, 1978, 92 Stat. 1224; Pub. L. 96–54, § 2(a)(26)(A),Aug. 14, 1979, 93 Stat. 382; Pub. L. 101–509, title V, § 529 [title I, § 106, title II, § 211(b)(1)], Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1427, 1449, 1461.)

Historical and Revision Notes 1966 Act
Derivation U.S. Code Revised Statutes and Statutes at Large
(a) 5 U.S.C. 1131. Oct. 28, 1949, ch. 782, § 801, 63 Stat. 969.
Aug. 14, 1964, Pub. L. 88–426, § 103(a), 78 Stat. 401.
(b) 5 U.S.C. 1133. Oct. 28, 1949, ch. 782, § 803, 63 Stat. 970.
Sept. 1, 1954, ch. 1208, § 104, 68 Stat. 1106.
Oct. 11, 1962, Pub. L. 87–793, § 604(c), 76 Stat. 848.

In subsection (b), the word “scheduled” is omitted since section 603 of the Act of Oct. 11, 1962, Pub. L. 87–793, 76 Stat. 847, eliminated the necessity of referring to rates as scheduled or longevity.
Standard changes are made to conform with the definitions applicable and the style of this title as outlined in the preface to the report.

1967 Act
Section of title 5 Source (U.S. Code) Source (Statutes at Large)
5333(a) 5 App.: 1131. July 18, 1966, Pub. L. 89–504, § 103, 80 Stat. 289.


1990—Pub. L. 101–509struck out “; higher rates for supervisors of prevailing rate employees” after “appointments” in section catchline, struck out “(a)” before “New appointments shall”, struck out “in GS–11 or above” after “individual to a position”, and struck out subsec. (b) which read as follows: “Under regulations prescribed by the Office of Personnel Management, an employee in a position to which this subchapter applies, who regularly has responsibility for supervision (including supervision over the technical aspects of the work concerned) over employees whose pay is fixed and adjusted from time to time by wage boards or similar administrative authority as nearly as is consistent with the public interest in accordance with prevailing rates, may be paid at one of the rates for his grade which is above the highest rate of basic pay being paid to any such prevailing-rate employee regularly supervised, or at the maximum rate for his grade, as provided by the regulations.”
1979—Pub. L. 96–54substituted “prevailing rate” for “wage-board” in section catchline.
1978—Subsecs. (a), (b). Pub. L. 95–454substituted “Office of Personnel Management” and “Office” for “Civil Service Commission” and “Commission”, respectively, wherever appearing.
Effective Date of 1990 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 101–509effective on such date as the President shall determine, but not earlier than 90 days, and not later than 180 days, after Nov. 5, 1990, see section 529 [title III, § 305] of Pub. L. 101–509, set out as a note under section 5301 of this title.
Effective Date of 1979 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 96–54effective July 12, 1979, see section 2(b) ofPub. L. 96–54, set out as a note under section 305 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.

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