The Right Career Path

The first step to determine which career path is best for you is to understand the differences between the federal services:

Competitive Service
Excepted Service
Senior Executive

Below includes information on each service to help you determine which service is right for you.

Competitive Service

The competitive service includes 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 Office of Personnel Management (OPM) under Rule VI (5 Code of Federal Regulations Part 6), and that are not in the Senior Executive Service.

Search for jobs in the competitive service.

Senior Executive Service The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment which is grounded in the Constitution. The keystone of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the SES was designed to be a corps of executives selected for their leadership qualifications. Members of the SES serve in the key positions just below the top Presidential appointees. SES members are the major link between these appointees and the rest of the Federal workforce.

To look for positions in the SES, visit or conduct an advanced search by electing to show only senior executive positions.

Excepted Service

Excepted service positions are any federal or civil service positions, which are not in the competitive service or the Senior Executive Service. Excepted service agencies set their own qualification requirements and are not subject to the appointment, pay, and classification rules in title 5, United States Code. However, they are subject to veterans' preference. Some Federal agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), only have excepted service positions. In other instances, certain organizations or even specific positions within an agency may be excepted service. Positions may be in the excepted service by law, by executive order, or by action of OPM.

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Region XI Council of Blacks In Government

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SES Deputy Operating Officer
Watersheds Stewardship And Planning
$164,293.00 - $234,129.00 annually-based on a seven- step salary plan
Closing Date for Applications: Monday, July 11, 2016.

For detailed information regarding requirements and qualifications for this opening and to apply online, please see the job posting by clicking on the following link:

SES Director, Bureau of Indian Education
This Senior Executive Service position is located in Washington, DC with the Bureau of Indian Education. For more information and application procedures, you may access the vacancy announcement at https://

Director, Treaties and Partnerships Department (J3OB)
Senior Executive Service position.

Please apply directly to:
Lisa E. Shipe
Human Resources Specialist
J1, Human Resources Directorate
Defense Threat Reduction Agency and
United States Strategic Command Center
for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (DTRA/ SCC-WMD)

8725 John J. Kingman Road, Stop 6201 Fort Belvoir, Virginia 22060-6201
(703) 767-0425

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