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Glossary of Terms Used for USAID's Automated Directives System (ADS) - Updated 07/15/2011 Partial Revision

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Appointing Authority

The individual, usually the agency head, who has the authority to make appointments to SES positions, set pay, and - or to assign final SES performance ratings (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 423). The Agency Head or other official delegated authority to make appointments in the Senior Executive Service who assigns the official rating, approves bonuses and pay adjustments (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 421).

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