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Federal Excepted Service

Partial Listing of Excepted Service Agencies

[information excerpted from Federal Employment Information Factsheet EI-6]

Most Federal Government civilian positions are part of the competitive civil service, i.e., to obtain a Federal job, you must compete with other applicants in open competition. Some agencies are excluded from the competitive civil service procedures. This means that these agencies have their own hiring system which establishes the evaluation criteria they use in filling their internal vacancies. These agencies are called excepted service agencies.

If you are interested in employment with an excepted service agency, you should contact that agency directly. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management does not provide application forms or information on jobs in excepted service agencies or organizations. Below is a list of excepted service agencies, departments and public international organizations. This list is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.


Employment inquiries should be made to one of the many VA Medical Centers located nationwide. Addresses and phone numbers can be found in your local area telephone directory under U.S. Government.


The Judicial Branch of the Federal Government includes all legal entities except the U.S. Claims Court. For Judicial Branch employment information contact United States Supreme Court Building, Personnel Office.


The Legislative Branch of the Federal Government includes Senators' and Representatives' offices, the Library of Congress and the U.S. Capitol.