|Purpose and Background||
This Desk Guide provides guidance and operating policy for position classification. It supplements MRP Directive 4511.2, Position Classification. Position classification is the analysis of a position’s duties, responsibilities, and qualification requirements to determine the position’s title, series, and grade level in accordance with classification standards issued by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
The Classification Act of 1949 established the classification standards program; it is codified under chapter 51 of title 5, United States Code. The statute:
The statue also directs the OPM, after consulting with Federal agencies, to prepare classification standards for agencies to use in placing positions in their proper classes and grades. The standards must:
OPM guidance and classification standards are public information and can be viewed here.