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Transferred to OPM were many of the functions of the former United States Civil Service Commission. The Office's duties and authority are specified in the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. 1101).

The five regional offices carry out OPM programs in the field. In addition OPM has area offices in key locations, Federal job information and testing centers, and other field duty stations.


Recruiting and Examining The Office of Personnel Management is responsible for the nationwide recruiting and

examining of applicants for positions in the Federal competitive civil service at General Schedule (GS) grades 1 through 15 and for Wage Grade (blue-collar) positions. OPM also administers the Qualifications Review Board examining process for career Senior Executive Service appointments and examines for administrative law judges.

Personnel Investigations Personnel investigations are used in support of the selection and appointment processes. They serve several purposes:

-to determine the suitability of applicants under consideration for appointment;

-to check on applicants or employees under consideration for appointment to positions having either national security and/or special professional or administrative qualifications requirements; and

-to enforce civil service regulations. Affirmative Recruiting and Employment The Office of Personnel Management provides overall leadership, direction, and coordination to

Governmentwide efforts designed to eliminate barriers and encourage the employment and advancement of Hispanics, individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, and other minorities. OPM also provides policy, guidance, and technical assistance to agencies in implementing the following programs: Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program, Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program, Federal Women's Program, Hispanic Employment Program,

Selective Placement Program for Handicapped Individuals, Upward Mobility Program, Veterans Employment Program, Veterans Readjustment Appointment Program, Worker-Trainee Opportunities Program, and other student programs. It is also responsible for assuring that affirmative recruiting, employment, and equal opportunity principles are integral parts of all Federal personnel management activities. Employee Development and Training The Office of Personnel Management plans, promotes, sets standards, and evaluates Governmentwide programs and policies for the development and training of Federal employees. OPM offers a wide variety of training and development management services such as career development programs and contractual access to the private sector for courses and instructional technology application. OPM also provides training and development information and coordination services. Through a nationwide network of interagency training centers, a European center, Executive Seminar Centers, and the Federal Executive Institute, it offers a broad range of Government-related


Performance Awards OPM provides policy, guidance, and assistance to Federal agencies in the administration of the Governmentwide Incentive Awards Program. This program, which provides cash and honor awards, encourages employees to contribute to improvements in Government operations or services through their suggestions, inventions, and superior performance. OPM provides policy and guidance for the administration of performance management systems and the award of bonuses in the Senior Executive Service. It administers the Presidential Rank Awards Program for recognition of sustained high-quality accomplishment of career members of the Senior Executive Service.

Personnel Management Other OPM programs directly support the manager's personnel management responsibilities. They include:

-the Governmentwide classification system;

-administration of Government pay


-development and operation of information systems to support and improve Federal personnel management decisionmaking;

-independent evaluation of agency personnel management practices and establishment of standards for agency personnel management systems; and

-the provision of information and technical guidance to agencies, unions, and the public on Federal labormanagement relations.

OPM administers the Senior Executive Service and is responsible for oversight and providing assistance on a variety of Governmentwide executive personnel management matters.

Employee Benefits OPM also manages numerous activities that directly affect the well-being of the Federal employee and indirectly enhance employee effectiveness. These include health benefits, life insurance, and retirement benefits.

Personnel Programs OPM coordinates the temporary assignment of employees between Federal agencies and State, local, and Indian tribal governments; institutions of higher education; and other eligible organizations for up to 2 years, for work of mutual benefit to the participating organizations. It administers the Presidential Management Intern Program, which provides 2-year, excepted appointments with Federal

agencies to recipients of graduate degrees in appropriate disciplines. In addition, the Office of Personnel Management administers the Federal Merit System Standards, which apply to certain grant-aided State and local programs.

Ethics in Government Programs The Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended (2 U.S.C. 701), established the Office of Government Ethics in the Office of Personnel Management to provide overall direction of executive branch policies related to preventing conflicts of interest on the part of officers and employees of any executive agency. The Office:

-develops, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Office of Personnel Management, rules and regulations to be promulgated by the President or the Director of the Office of Government Ethics pertaining to the identification and resolution of conflicts of interest;

-monitors and investigates compliance with the public financial disclosure requirements of title II of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.);

-orders corrective action on the part of agencies and employees that the Director of the Office of Government Ethics deems necessary; and

-provides information on and promotes understanding of ethical standards in executive agencies.

For further information, contact the Office of
Government Ethics. Phone, 202-632-7642.

Regional Offices-Office of Personnel Management





230 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL Steven R. Cohen 60604

ATLANTA-Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North 75 Spring St. SW., Atlanta, GA William E. Flynn III
Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
CHICAGO-Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky,
Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota,
Ohio, West Virginia, Wisconsin, South Dakota
DALLAS-Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mon-
tana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Wyoming
PHILADELPHIA-Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New
York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Ver-
mont, Virgin Islands

1100 Commerce St., Dallas, TX Edward Vela, Jr. 75242

600 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 Frederick A. Kistler

SAN FRANCISCO-Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, 7th Fl., 211 Main St., San Francisco, Joseph S. Patti Nevada, Oregon, Washington

CA 94105

Sources of Information

Contracts Contact the Chief, Acquisition Division, Administration Group, Office of Personnel Management, Washington, DC 20415 (phone, 202632-8492); or the Administrative Officer of the appropriate regional office. Employment A network of OPM area offices and Federal Job Test Centers, located in major metropolitan areas, provides Federal employment information. To obtain the appropriate telephone number, check the white pages under U.S. Government, Office of Personnel Management.

Publications OPM issues publications addressed to a variety of audiences ranging from applicants for employment to the heads of Federal agencies. The Superintendent of Documents,

Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, sells copies of Management

magazine; Recruiting Highlights, a newsletter on affirmitive recruiting and employment programs; and the Fed Fact series.

The Chief, Issuance System Office, Administration Group, can provide information about Federal personnel management publications, particularly those in the Federal Personnel Manual system. For further information on publications, call 202-632-4536. Reading Room The OPM Library maintains collections of historical and current information on personnel management and the Federal civil service, including legislative information. The Library also serves as a reading room for those interested in OPM publications available to the public. The Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, sells subscriptions to Personnel Literature.

For further information, contact the Office of Public Affairs, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20415. Phone, 202-632-5491.

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[For the Panama Canal Commission statement of organization, see the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 35, Part 9]

The Panama Canal Commission is responsible for operating, maintaining, and improving the Panama Canal, providing efficient, safe, and economical transit service for the benefit of world commerce.

The Panama Canal Commission was established as an independent agency by the Panama Canal Act of 1979 (22 U.S.C. 3601).

The Commission is supervised by a nine-member Board: five members who are nationals of the United States and

four members who are nationals of the Republic of Panama. All members of the Board are appointed by the President; the members who are United States nationals are appointed by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.


The Commission was established by Congress on October 1, 1979, to carry out the responsibilities of the United States with respect to the Panama Canal under the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977. In fulfilling these obligations, the Commission manages, operates, and maintains the Canal, its complementary works, installations, and equipment, and provides for the orderly transit of vessels through the Canal. This U.S. agency will perform these functions until the treaty terminates on December 31, 1999, at which time the Republic of Panama will assume full responsibility for the Canal.

Sources of Information

Marine Operations Director, Marine Bureau, Panama. Phone, 507-52-4500. Economic and Marketing Information Chief, Economic Research and Market Development Division, Office of Executive Planning, Panama. Phone, 507-52-7961.

Procurement Office of Logistical
Support, 4400 Dauphine Street, New
Orleans, LA 70146-6800. Phone, 504-

Panama Canal Commission APO
Miami, 34011-5000. Telex, 3034

For further information, contact the Office of the Secretary, Panama Canal Commission, Room 550, 2000 L Street NW., Washington, DC 20036. Phone, 202-634-6441.


806 Connecticut Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20526

Phones, Locator: 202-254-6886; Public information: 202-254-5010

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Director of Placement


[For the Peace Corps statement of organization, see the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 22, Part 302]

The Peace Corps purpose is to promote world peace and friendship, to help the peoples of other countries in meeting their needs for trained manpower, to help promote a better understanding of the American people on the part of the peoples served, and to promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of the American people. In 1977 the Peace Corps Act was amended to emphasize the Peace Corps' commitment toward programming to meet the basic needs of those living in the poorest areas of the countries in which the Peace Corps operates.

The Peace Corps was established by the Peace Corps Act of 1961, as amended (22 U.S.C. 2501), and was made an independent agency by title VI of the International Security and Development Cooperation Act of 1981 (22 U.S.C. 2501-1).

The Peace Corps consists of a Washington, DC, headquarters; three regional recruitment centers, supporting 16 area offices; and overseas operations in more than 60 countries.

The Peace Corps presence in foreign countries fluctuates as programs are added or withdrawn. A complete list of countries with specific addresses is available upon request from the Director of Public Affairs, Peace Corps, 806 Connecticut Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20526.


To fulfill the Peace Corps mandate, men and women of all ages and walks of life are trained for a 9- to 14-week period in the appropriate local language, the technical skills necessary for their particular job, and the cross-cultural skills needed to adjust to a society with traditions and attitudes different from their own. Volunteers serve for a period of 2 years, living among the people with whom they work. Volunteers are expected to become a part of the community and to demonstrate, through their voluntary service, that people can be an important impetus for change.

Today thousands of volunteers serve throughout Latin America, Africa, the Near East, Asia, and the Pacific. Volunteers work primarily in the areas of agriculture/rural development, small business assistance, health, natural resources conservation, and education. Projects are designed to match the skills and community-level approach of the volunteers with the resources of hostcountry agencies and other international assistance organizations to help solve specific development problems, often in conjunction with private volunteer organizations.

An auxiliary effort within the Peace Corps is the Peace Corps Partnership Program, which provides opportunities for elementary, junior, and senior high schools, civic groups, and neighborhood and youth organizations in the United States to meet a specific need of an overseas community by financial sponsorship of the construction of a school, clinic, or community facility recommended by a Peace Corps volunteer. Corporate and foundation support is also encouraged to match other private contributions and to advance funds based on pledges. Crosscultural exchange is a major element in Partnership projects.

The Peace Corps also serves as the sponsor for United States citizens who serve in the United Nations Volunteer Program.

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