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ment that is relevant and material to any matter that is within the published purpose of the hearing.

(1) The presiding chairman may require that evidence by under oath.

(g) Witnesses may be examined and cross-examined by the Commissioners and by counsel for the Governments and the Commission. With the consent of presiding chairman, counsel for any interested person may also examine or cross-examine witnesses.

(h) The Commission may require further evidence to be given and may require printed briefs to be submitted at or subsequent to the hearing.

(i) A verbatim transcript of the proceedings at the hearing shall be prepared. § 401.30 Proceedings under Article X.

When a question or matter of difference arising between the two Governments involving the rights, obligations or interests of either in relation to the other or to their respective inhabitants has been or is to be referred to the Commission for decision under Article X of the Treaty, the Commission, after consultation with the said Governments, will adopt such rules of procedure as may be appropriate to the question or matter referred or to be referred.

CHAPTER V-UNITED STATES INFORMATION

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Employee responsibilities and conduct
Appointment of Foreign Service officers
World-wide free flow of audio-visual materials
Availability of records
Organization .....
Privacy Act policies and procedures
Part-time career employment program
Service of process ............
Federal tort claims procedure
Collection of debts under the Debt Collection Act

of 1982 ......
Governmentwide debarment and suspension

(nonprocurement) and governmentwide require

ments for drug-free workplace (grants)
Exchange-Visitor Program
Payments to and on behalf of participants in the

International Educational and Cultural Ex

change Program ........
Participation by Federal employees in cultural ex-

change programs of foreign countries
Foreign students ....
Uniform administrative requirements for grants

and agreements with institutions of higher edu-
cation, hospitals, and other non-profit organiza-

tions ....
New restrictions on lobbying
Implementation of the Program Fraud Civil Rem-

edies Act ........
Administrative enforcement procedures of post-

employment restrictions
Availability of the records of the National Endow-
ment for Democracy .........

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Organization of the National Endowment for De-

mocracy ............
Enforcement of nondiscrimination on the basis of

handicap in programs or activities conducted by
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PART 500-EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES AND CONDUCT

CROSS-REFERENCE: The regulations governing the responsibilities and conduct of employees of the United States Information Agency are codified as part 10 of this title, prescribed jointly by the Department of State, the Agency for International Development, and the International Communciation Agency, 31 FR 6309, Apr. 26, 1966.

PART 501-APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS

Sec. 501.1 Policy. 501.2 Eligibility for appointment as Foreign

Service Officer. 501.3 Noncompetitive interchange between

Civil Service and Foreign Service. 501.4 Junior Level Career Candidate Pro

gram (Class 6, 5, or 4). 501.5 Mid-Level FSO Candidate Program

(Class 3, 2, or 1). 501.6 Appointment of Overseas Specialists. 501.7 Appointment as Chief of Mission. 501.8 Reappointment of Foreign Service Of

ficers and Career Overseas Specialists. 501.9 Interchange of FSOs between USIA

and other Foreign Affairs Agencies. AUTHORITY: Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22 U.S.C. 3901 et seq.).

SOURCE: 50 FR 27423, July 3, 1985, unless otherwise noted.

8501.3 Noncompetitive interchange

between Civil Service and Foreign

Service. (a) An agreement between the Office of Personnel Management and the Agency under the provisions of Executive Order 11219 (3 CFR 1964-65 Comp. p. 303) provides for the noncompetitive appointment of present or former Foreign Service employees as career or career conditional Civil Service employees.

(b) Under this agreement former career personnel of the Agency's Foreign Service (FSCR, FSRU, FSIO, FSS, FSO, or FP) and such present personnel desiring to transfer, are eligible, under certain conditions, for noncompetitive career or career-conditional appointment in any Federal agency that desires to appoint them. The President has authorized the Office of Personnel Management by executive order to wai're the requirements for competitive examination and appointmer:t for such Agency career Foreign Service personnel.

(c) A present or former Civil Service employee may be appointed on a competitive basis in any Foreign Service class for which the employee has qualified under the provisions of section 3947 of title 22, United States Code. $ 501.4 Junior Level Career Candidate

Program (Class 6, 5, or 4). CROSS-REFERENCE: The regulations governing the junior level Career Candidate program are codified in part 11 of this title.

8501.1 Policy.

It is the policy of the United States Information Agency that Foreign Service Officers occupy positions in which there is a need and reasonable opportunity for interchangeability of personnel between the Agency and posts abroad, and which are concerned with (a) the conduct, observation, or analysis of information and cultural activities, or (b) the executive management of, or administrative responsibility for, the overseas operations of the Agency's program. 8501.2 Eligibility for appointment as

Foreign Service Officer. CROSS-REFERENCE: The regulations governing eligibility for appointment as a Foreign Service Officer are codified in part 11 of this title.

8501.5 Mid-level FSO Candidate Pro

gram (Class 3, 2, or 1). (a) General. The mid-level FSO Candidate program, under the provisions of section 306 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980, supplements the junior-level Career Candidate program to meet total requirements for Foreign Service Officers at the mid-level in the Foreign Service. Foreign Service limited ap pointments of FSO Candidates are made to Class 3, 2, or 1 for a period not to exceed five years. Occasionally, appointments may be offered at the Class 4 level. The FSO Commissioning Board will determine whether FSO Candidates have performed at a satisfactory level and demonstrated the required level of growth potential and competence, and will make a recommendation on commissioning as Foreign Service Officers. FSO Candidates who are not recommended for commissioning prior to the expiration of their limited appointment will be separated from the mid-level program.

(b) Sources of applicants. (1) The United States Information Agency draws a significant number of FSO Candidates from Agency employees who apply, and are found qualified by the Board of Examiners for the Foreign Service (BEX).

(2) The Agency also draws Candidates from outside applicants who possess skills and abilities in short supply in the Foreign Service and who have capabilities, insights, techniques, experiences, and differences of outlook which would serve to enrich the Foreign Service and enable them to perform effectively in assignments both abroad and in the United States. Minority applicants are recruited for mid-level entry under the COMRAT program. Appointment from sources outside the Agency is limited and based on intake levels established in accordance with total USIA FSO workforce and functional requirements. Such appointments are based on successful completion of the examination process, and existing assignment vacancies.

(c) Eligibility requirement. (1) USIA Employees. On the date of application, employees must have at least three years of Federal Government service in a position of responsibility in the Agency. A position of responsibility is defined as service as an Overseas Specialist at Class 4 or above or as a Domestic Specialist at GS-11 or above within the Agency. The duties and responsibilities of the position occupied by the applicant must have been similar or closely related to those of a Foreign Service Officer in terms of knowledge, skills, abilities, and overseas experience. Agency Domestic and Overseas Specialists must be no more than 58 years of age on the date of redesignation or appointment as an FSO Candidate.

(2) Applicants Under Special Recruitment Programs. Minority and women applicants must be no more than 58 years of age, must have approximately nine years of education or experience relevant to work performed in USIA,

must be knowledgeable in the social, political and cultural history of the U.S. and be able to analyze and interpret this in elation to U.S. Government policy and American life.

(3) Outside Applicants. On the date of appointment, applicants must be no more than 58 years of age, with nine years of relevant work experience and or education, or proficiency in a language for which the Agency has a need, or substantial management expertise. Relevant work experience is defined as public relations work, supervisory or managerial positions in communications media, program director for a museum or university-level teacher of political science, history, English or other relevant disciplines. Appointments from these sources for the limited vacancies available are made on a competitive basis to fill specific Service needs after ensuring that the vacancies cannot be filled by Foreign Service Officers already in the Foreign Service Officer Corps.

(d) Application Procedures. (1) Applicants must complete Standard Form 171, Application for Federal Employment; Form DSP-34, Supplement to Application for Federal Employment; a 1,000 word autobiography; a statement affirming willingness and capacity to serve at any post worldwide; and transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate course work and forward them to the Special Recruitment Branch, Office of Personnel (M/PDSE). (2) The filing

of an application for the Foreign Service does not in itself entitle an applicant to examination. The decision to proceed with an oral examination is made by a Qualifications Evaluation Panel after determining the applicant's eligibility for appointment and reviewing the applicant's qualifications including his/her performance, and administrative files (or equivalents), claimed language proficiency and other background or factors which may be related to the work performed by FSOs. An oral examination is given only in those cases where the applicant is found to possess superior qualifications, proven ability, and high potential for success in the Foreign Service.

(e) Examination process. (1) Written Eramination. A written examination will not normally be required of applicants

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