"CA"APPOINTMENTS — Canal Area appointments
that are made under the Panama Canal Employment System.
CAO (CHANGE OF APPOINTING OFFICE) — Movement of
an employee from the jurisdiction of one appointing officer
in an agency to that of another appointing officer in
the same agency. This usually involves a move from a position
for which one personnel office provides service and maintains
records to a position for which another personnel office
in the same agency provides service and maintains records.
CAREER APPOINTMENT — Competitive service permanent
appointment given to an employee who has completed 3 substantially
continuous, creditable years of Federal service. In special
cases (such as Administrative Law Judges), career appointment
may be given to a person at the time he or she is hired
from a civil service register. (See "SUBSTANTIALLY
CONTINUOUS SERVICE" and "CREDITABLE SERVICE.")
CERTIFICATE — A list of eligibles taken from a
register and submitted to an appointing officer for employment
consideration or an agency office with delegated examining
authority, submits certificates to appointing officers.
CHANGE TO LOWER GRADE (also called "Demotion"
and "Reduction in Grade") — Personnel
action that moves an employee, while serving continuously
in the same agency, to (1) a position at a lower grade
when both the old and new positions are under the General
Schedule or under the same type graded wage schedule,
or (2) to a position with a lower rate of basic pay when
both the old and the new positions are under the same
type ungraded wage schedule or in a different pay-method
CIVILIAN POSITION — A civilian office or position
(including a temporary or part-time or intermittent position),
appointive or elective, in the legislative, executive,
or judicial branch of the Federal Government (including
each corporation owned or controlled by the Federal Government
and including nonappropriated fund instrumentalities under
the jurisdiction of the Armed Forces) or in the Government
of the District of Columbia.
CIVILIAN RETIREE — A person who has retired from
Federal Government civilian employment under any Federal
Government-administered retirement system. The social
security system (FICA) is not a retirement system for
purposes of this definition.
CIVIL SERVICE RETIREE — A person retired under
the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS).
CLASS OR CLASS OF POSITIONS — All positions that
are sufficiently similar in (1) kind or subject matter
of work, (2) the level of difficulty and responsibility,
and (3) the qualification requirements for the work, to
warrant similar treatment in personnel and pay administration.
CLASSIFY — To evaluate the duties and responsibilities
of a position and assign a title, occupation series and
COMMISSION (Abbreviated as CSC) — The U.S. Civil
Service Commission – Now the U.S. Office of Personnel
COMPENSATION — Money paid by the Department of
Veterans Affairs for service-connected disability of 10
percent or more.
COMPETITIVE AREA — For reduction in force, that
CONTINUED RATE OF PAY — The rate of pay first part
of an agency within which employees are in established
in January 1994 for an employee who competition for retention.
Generally it is restricted by previously received an interim
geographic adjustment what is considered a "local
commuting area." on top of a worldwide or nationwide
special rate authorized under 5 U.S.C. 5305.
COMPETITIVE LEVEL — A competitive level for CONVERSION
— The changing of an employee from reduction in
force consists of all jobs in a competitive one appointment
to another appointment (under either area which are so
similar in all important respects that the same or a different
authority) in the same agency the agency can readily move
an employee from one to with no break in service or with
a break of 3 days or another without significant training
and without loss of less. The change may be in one or
more of the productivity.
COMPETITIVE POSITION — A position in the competitive
COMPETITIVE SERVICE — All civilian positions in
the Federal Government that are not specifically excepted
from the civil service laws by or pursuant to statute,
by the President, or by the OPM under Rule VI, and that
are not in the Senior Executive Service.
COMPETITIVE STATUS — Competitive status is a person's
basic eligibility for assignment (e.g., by transfer, promotion,
reassignment, demotion, or reinstatement) to a position
in the competitive service without having to compete with
members of the general public in an open competitive examination.
When a vacancy announcement indicates that status candidates
are eligible to apply, career employees and career-conditional
employees who have served at least 90 days after competitive
appointment may apply. Once acquired, status belongs to
the individual, not to a position.
CONSULTANT — One who serves in an advisory capacity
to an officer or instrumentality of the government.
CONSULTANT POSITION — A position requiring the
performance of purely advisory or consultant services,
not including the performance of operating functions.
CONTINUANCE — The personnel action used to document
that an employee has received a waiver from mandatory
retirement or the extension of the not-to-exceed date
of a previous waiver. employee is serving, the authority
for the appointment, the position on which the employee
is serving, or the not-to-exceed date of a temporary appointment
CREDITABLE MILITARY SERVICE — The total number
of years and months of military service that is creditable
for annual leave accrual purposes.
CREDITABLE SERVICE — Federal Government employment
(civilian or uniformed service) that meets requirements
for a particular type of appointment or benefit, such
as leave accrual or reduction in force retention.