September 1, 1999


MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION
SUBJECT: Clarification of SOP on ACCES Referral Lists and Demonstration Projects



Reference my memorandum of June 4, 1999, subject:Standing Operating Procedures for Requesting Referral Lists and Registering in the Army Civilian Career Evaluation System (ACCES) for All Demonstration Projects.This describes procedures for requesting ACCES lists where "the position is in a broadband level that encompasses both mandatory and non-mandatory referral grades . . . ."

Since all Army demonstration projects, including participation in the DOD Acquisition demo, already provide for the use of local recruitment as a supple-ment to central career referral, the referenced memorandum did not address the situation where the position's salary equals or exceeds the representative rate of the mandatory referral grade. This situation is already covered by the various demo project SOPs, so we did not repeat it.

To clarify, though, local recruitment may be used to supplement central career referral where the position's salary equals or exceeds the representative rate of the mandatory referral grade. Said another way, in these situations ACCES (and other central career referral systems) must be used and local recruitment may by used.

Additionally, we've recently determined that a manager asking for an ACCES list for a position covering two grades at the mandatory level may request two separate lists. A selection may be made from either list. Take, for example, a GS-1102 Payband III position in the DOD Acquisition Workforce demo. Payband III covers GS-12 and 13, which are mandatory referral levels for GS-1102 in CP-14, Contracting and Acquisition. The manager could request a single ACCES list at either the GS-12 or 13 grade level, or a list for each grade. In the case of multiple vacancies for a position, either or both lists may be used to select.



//Original Signed //
James M. Alward
Chief, Central Program
Operations Division