Senior Executive Service:

Agencies' Use of the Candidate Development Program

GGD-86-93: Published: Jul 14, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1986.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on governmentwide utilization of the Candidate Development Program (CDP) to fill the government's available Senior Executive Service (SES) positions.

GAO found that: (1) during fiscal years 1982 to 1984, 87 percent of the individuals appointed to career positions had not participated in CDP; (2) the number of candidates selected annually to participate in CDP has declined significantly since the early years of the program; (3) about 46 percent of the candidates who were certified to enter SES were appointed to SES positions; and (4) about half of the certified candidates who had not received SES appointments were assigned to positions in their agencies without more responsibility than the positions they held before entering CDP. GAO also found that, although the large majority of SES appointments did not come from the CDP pool of certified candidates, most agencies favored continuing the program.

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