Memo (2021): Hiring Authority for Post-Secondary Students


This memo serves to clarify implementation of the hiring authority referenced in Public Law 115-232, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. Section 1108 of the NDAA established a new hiring authority, 5 USC 3316, for appointing certain post-secondary students to positions GS-11 and below in the competitive service and directs the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to issue regulations to implement this authority. The new hiring authority 5 USC 3116 was amended by Public Law 116-92, the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2020.