DoD Civilian Personnel Management Service
 Mar 10, 2008

SUBJECT: Request for Extension for Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) Examining Authority

This responds to your January 17, 2008, memorandum requesting an extension of authority to examine for positions subject to the Luevano consent decree using the ACWA examination process. Your request for an extension of ACWA examining authority is approved for Department of Army's five continental United States Competitive/Delegated Examining Units and will become effective on the date the attached Examining Instrument Agreement is signed.

The Civilian Personnel Management Service, Field Advisory Services, will exercise oversight for all ACWA examining conducted. Please contact Ms. Celisa Stephens at (703) 696-1234, if you have any questions regarding competitive examining.

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Sharon Stewart     
Deputy Director     

Attachment: As stated

Ms. Linda Watson
Center for Talent and Capacity Policy
Office of Personnel Management
1900 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20415-0001

Department of Defense (DoD)
Examining Instrument Agreement
Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) Positions

The Department of the Army has been delegated authority to use the examining instruments developed by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for ACWA positions covered by the Luevano consent decree. In compliance with OPM guidance, this Component agrees to the following mandatory requirements.

  1. Modification Prohibition
    No modification of the content of the instruments or values used in the scoring process is permitted. The instruments must be used intact in the manner approved under the Luevano consent decree.
  2. Test Security Requirements
    The Component is required to comply with OPM test security requirements; to use only trained test administrators, test control officers, and test monitors; and to report any compromise of test materials to OPM's Chicago Service Center, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, DPN 30-3, 230 Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL, 60604, and to the Civilian Personnel Management Service (CPMS), Field Advisory Services, Staffing and Development Branch, Delegated Examining Oversight Section, 1400 Key Boulevard, Suite B 200, Arlington, VA 22209-5144.
  3. Reproduction and Distribution
    The Component is responsible for all reproduction and distribution of examining materials within its organization. Reproduction must be in accordance with government-wide requirements relating to such material.
  4. Required Report Submission
    The Component agrees to submit all required reports in writing to its OPM Service Center and to the CPMS in a timely manner using the addresses shown in item 2 above.
  5. Examining Documentation Retention
    The Component must retain all documentation related to Luevano consent decree examining indefinitely or until released by the court.
  6. Agreement Oversight
    CPMS will exercise oversight in accordance with the OPM delegation for all examining activity conducted under this agreement. The Component agrees to cooperatively participate in the oversight effort. Oversight will normally be conducted as part of any Staff Assistance Visit to a Delegated Examining Unit using this examining authority.
  7. Delegated Examining Agreement Coverage
    All OPM and DoD delegated examining agreement provisions apply to examining actions under this agreement.
  8. Agreement Termination
    DoD may wish to terminate this agreement at any time for violations of the requirements listed above or in the DoD-OPM interagency Delegated Examining Agreement, June 2001. If the Component wishes to terminate the agreement, it will be terminated upon notification to CPMS FAS Division, and the Component taking appropriate closeout actions.
  9. Agreement Acceptance/Duration
    This agreement is effective upon DoD approval and signature of the appropriate Component representative. This delegation of authority to examine for ACWA positions covered by the Luevano consent decree is effective for two years.

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Sharon Stewart
Deputy Director
Civilian Personnel Management Service

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Susan Duncan
Assistant G-1 for Civilian Personnel
Department of the Army