Competition review is the traditional method of designating competitive service organizations and requires compliance with Title 5 competition audit requirements. OPM may, by appointment, delegate to an agency the power to control all its competing agencies (except administrative judges). Vacancies filled as part of the competition review process are public. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) provides the following list of primary recruitment authorities that agencies can use for career and career appointments. OPM has established this support list for federal staff specialists. The list contains quotations on the applicable law. It also contains the terms of appointments under exchange agreements between an agency and the OPM. OPM also provides a partial list of responsible statutory authorities outside title 5, United States Code (5 U.S.C.). OPM does not regulate appointment authorities outside of Title 5.
For a description of the non-title 5 authorities, agencies should consult the laws cited. Persons appointed under these agreements are not subject to a trial period under Part 5 CFR, Part 315, Part H, but acquire public service status upon order. Officers are subject to the monitoring or management sample in Part 315 CFR 5, Part I, but appropriate service in the other benefit system may be considered to determine the applicability of the trial period and eligible performance until the end of the trial period. The trade agreements provide for a bilateral movement. This means that professional and professional workers are eligible for employment in other benefit systems with which the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has described agreements under conditions similar to those of the previous section. A professional or professional worker who is not eligible for employment under an exchange contract may appeal under other appointment procedures to the other benefit system. Individuals who are called upon to a competitive service under the exchange agreements benefit from a professional or professional vocation, depending on whether they are serving three years of service for a professional activity or are exempt from it in accordance with 5 CFR 315.201 (c).