(a)Category rating is synonymous with alternative rating as described at 5 U.S.C. 3319, and is a process of evaluating qualified eligibles by quality categories rather than by assigning individual numeric scores. The agency assesses candidates against job-related criteria and then places them into two or more pre-defined categories.
(b)Quality categories are groupings of individuals with similar levels of job-related competencies or similar levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities.
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