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Job TitleJob Series

Community Planner

Involves community planning and developing the art/science of planning to apply to communities such as urban or rural neighborhoods, villages, Indian reservations, cities, counties, regions, States, or the nation. Planners require knowledge of planning concepts, principles, techniques, and practices; the social, economic, political, physical elements, and the dynamics of change within communities. Planners identify community needs, resources, and problems and assist citizens to make decisions on goals, policies, priorities, plans, programs, and methods of implementation designed to create a physical, economic, and social environment desired by the members of the community (e.g., modes of public transportation to grocery stores, daycare facilities, places of employment, medical facilities etc.).

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Environmental Protection Specialist

Environment Protection Specialists advise, manage, supervise, or perform administrative or program work relating to environmental protection programs (e.g., programs to protect or improve environmental quality, control pollution, remedy environmental damage, or ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations). These positions require specialized knowledge of the principles and methods of administering environmental protection programs and the laws and regulations related to environmental protection activities.

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Economist

Economists require application of a professional knowledge of economics in the performance of duties that include: research into economic phenomena, analysis of economic data, and the preparation of interpretive reports; advice and consultation on economic matters to governmental officials and private organizations or citizens; and the performance of other professional work in economics including supervision and the direction of economists engaged in the various economics programs of the Federal Government.

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Human Resource Specialist

Human Resource Specialists manage, supervise, administer, advise on, or deliver human resources management products or services.

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Administrative

Administrative occupations involves the ability to perform, supervise, or manage two-grade interval administrative or program work for which no other series is appropriate. The work requires analytical ability, judgment, discretion, and knowledge of a substantial body of administrative or program principles, concepts, policies, and objectives.

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Clerk/Assistant

This series includes positions the duties of which are to perform or supervise clerical, assistant, or technician work for which no other series is appropriate. The work requires a knowledge of the procedures and techniques involved in carrying out the work of an organization and involves application of procedures and practices within the framework of established guidelines.

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Administrative Secretary

The Administrative Secretary occupation involves the ability to assist one individual, and in some cases the subordinate staff of that individual, by performing general office work auxiliary to the work of the organization. To be included in this series, a position must be the principal office clerical or administrative support position in the office, operating independently of any other such position in the office. The duties require knowledge of clerical and administrative procedures and requirements, various office skills, and the ability to apply such skills in a way that increases the effectiveness of others. The duties do not require a technical or professional knowledge of a specialized subject-matter area.

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Computer Specialist

The Information Technology Specialist occupation covers two-grade interval administrative positions that manage, supervise, lead, administer, develop, deliver, and support information technology (IT) systems and services. This series covers only those positions for which the paramount requirement is knowledge of IT principles, concepts, and methods; e.g., data storage, software applications, networking. Information technology refers to systems and services used in the automated acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, assurance, or reception of information. Information technology includes computers, network components, peripheral equipment, software, firmware, services, and related resources. This series covers, but is not limited to, the following specialties:

Policy and Planning: Work that involves a wide range of IT management activities that typically extend and apply to an entire organization or major components of an organization. This includes strategic planning, capital planning and investment control, workforce planning, policy and standards development, resource management, knowledge management, architecture and infrastructure planning and management, auditing, and information security management.

Enterprise Architecture: Work that involves the analysis, planning, design, implementation, documentation, assessment, and management of the enterprise structural framework to align IT strategy, plans, and systems with the mission, goals, structure, and processes of the organization.

Security: Work that involves ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and data through the planning, analysis, development, implementation, maintenance, and enhancement of information systems security programs, policies, procedures, and tools.

Systems Analysis: Work that involves applying analytical processes to the planning, design, and implementation of new and improved information systems to meet the business requirements of customer organizations.

Application Software: Work that involves the design, documentation, development, modification, testing, installation, implementation, and support of new or existing applications software.

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Program Manager

The Program Manager occupation involves managing or directing, one or more programs, including appropriate supporting service organizations, when the paramount qualification requirement of the positions is management and executive knowledge and ability and when the positions do not require competence in a specialized subject-matter or functional area.

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Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant occupational series covers positions in which the employees are responsible for providing or obtaining a variety of management services essential to the direction and operation of an organization. The paramount qualifications required are extensive knowledge and understanding of management principles, practices, methods and techniques, and skill in integrating management services with the general management of an organization.

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Management/Program Analyst

The Management/Program Analyst serves as an advisor to management on the evaluation of the effectiveness of programs, operations, productivity, and efficiency of the management of Federal agencies. Positions in this series require knowledge of: the substantive nature of agency programs and activities; agency missions, policies, and objectives; management principles and processes; and the analytical and evaluative methods and techniques for assessing program development or execution and improving organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Some positions also require an understanding of basic budgetary/financial management principles/techniques for long range planning of programs/objectives. The work requires skill in: application of fact-finding and investigative techniques; oral and written communications; and development of presentations and reports.

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Administrative/Program Assistant

This series covers positions involved in supervising or performing clerical and technical work in support of management analysis and program analysis, the purposes of which are to evaluate and improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity of organizations and programs. The work requires a practical knowledge of the purposes, methods, and techniques of management analysis and/or program analysis and the structures, functions, processes, objectives, products, services, resource requirements, and similar features of Government programs and organizations.

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Logistics Management Specialist

The Logistics Management Specialist occupation involves directing, developing, or performing logistics management operations that involve planning, coordinating, or evaluating the logistical actions required to support a specified mission, weapons system, or other designated program. The work involves: (1) identifying the specific requirements for money, manpower, materiel, facilities, and services needed to support the program; and (2) correlating those requirements with program plans to assure that the needed support is provided at the right time and place. Positions in this series require some degree of specialized knowledge of some or all of the logistics support activities involved. The paramount qualification requirement, however, is the ability to integrate the separate functions in planning or implementing a logistics management program. (Positions in which specialized knowledge of logistics support functions are the paramount requirement are classified to whichever specialized or general series is most appropriate.)

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Budget Analyst

The Budget Analyst occupation covers positions that perform, supervise, or manage administrative work of a fiscal, financial management, accounting, or budgetary nature that is not classifiable to another more specific professional or administrative series in the Accounting and Budget Group, 0500.

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Accountant

The Accountant occupation covers positions that advise on or administer, supervise, or perform professional accounting work that requires application of accounting theories, concepts, principles, and standards to the financial activities of governmental, quasi-governmental, or private sector organizations. The work includes: designing, developing, operating, or inspecting accounting systems; prescribing accounting standards, policies, and requirements; examining, analyzing, and interpreting accounting data, records, and reports; or advising or assisting management on accounting and financial management matters. The occupation also involves determining the boundaries of an accounting entity; recognizing and measuring revenues; matching revenues and expenses by applying methodologies such as accrual accounting and depreciation; defining and measuring costs by application of methodologies such as standard, process, job-order, and activity-based costing; and full disclosure on financial statements.

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General Engineer 

The General Engineers occupation covers positions managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional engineering and scientific work. This series is applicable when the work of the position: requires knowledge and skills in two or more professional engineering series within the Engineering and Architecture Group, 0800, and no one discipline is paramount; or is consistent with engineering work in this occupational group.

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Engineering Technical

The Engineering Technical occupation covers technical positions that require primarily application of a practical knowledge of: (1) the methods and techniques of engineering or architecture; and (2) the construction, application, properties, operations, and limitations of engineering systems, processes, structures, machinery, devices, and materials. The positions do not require professional knowledge and abilities for full performance and therefore do not require training equivalent in type and scope to that represented by the completion of a professional curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering or architecture. Excluded from this series are positions that are specifically covered by a more specialized technical series.

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Safety Engineering

The Safety Engineering occupation covers positions managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional engineering and scientific work involving safety, health, and environmental issues anticipating, dealing with, eliminating, or controlling hazardous conditions, exposures, and practices. These hazards may result from human error, equipment, or machine operation and may lead to injuries or damage to property or the environment

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Materials Engineering

The Materials Engineering occupations covers positions managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional engineering and scientific work to: determine and advise on a material's essential composition, atomic and molecular configuration, and processing; relate the material’s essential composition to its properties, end use, and performance in engineering, architecture, and scientific applications and programs; examine the interaction of materials in their processes and applications. This position also involves taking into account the associated equipment, systems, components, and their fabrication, design, or use; develop, maintain, and apply materials and material solutions to meet certain mechanical, electrical, environmental, and chemical requirements; and/or test and evaluate substances for new applications.

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Architecture Series

The Architecture Series occupation covers positions managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional architecture work involving the art and science of conceptualizing, planning, developing, and implementing designs to ensure buildings and structures are: responsive to human activities and needs; structurally sound and permanent; and economical to acquire, operate, and maintain.

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Construction Control Technical

The Construction Control Technical occupation covers positions that involve on site inspection of construction or the monitoring and control of construction operations. Positions in this occupation require application of: (1) practical knowledge of engineering methods and techniques; (2) knowledge of construction practices, methods, techniques, costs, materials, and equipment; and (3) ability to read and interpret engineering and architectural plans and specifications.

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Civil Engineer

The Civil Engineer occupation covers positions managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional engineering and scientific work involving: construction, renovation, inspection, decommissioning, and/or demolition of structures, infrastructures, and their environmental systems above or under the earth's surface; investigation and evaluation of the earth's physical, natural, and man-made features; and transportation, utilities, building and construction industries.

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Survey Technical

The Survey Technical occupation covers positions that require primarily the application of a technical knowledge of surveying methods, equipment, and techniques in the measurement or determination of distances, elevations, areas, angles, land boundaries, and other features of the earth's surface. Specifically included are topographic, hydrographic, geodetic, land, control, and construction surveying.

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Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Engineering occupation covers positions managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional engineering and scientific work involving environmental programs and projects in the areas of: environmental planning; environmental compliance; identification and cleanup of contamination; and restoring and sustaining environmental conservation.

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Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering occupation covers positions managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional engineering and scientific work: involving the design, development, commission, manufacture, operation, maintenance, and disposal of mechanical devices and systems and their equipment and/or components; and concerning the principles of motion, energy, force, and material properties to ensure mechanical devices and systems and their equipment and/or components function safely, reliably, efficiently, and economically.

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Electrical Engineering

The Electrical Engineering occupation covers positions managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional engineering and scientific work concerned with: utilizing and exploring electrical and electronic phenomena and the motion, emissions, conduction, and behavior of electrical energy currents; designing electrical equipment, components, or systems; and generating and transmitting electrical energy in an efficient manner.

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Electronics Engineer

The Electronics Engineer occupation covers positions managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional engineering and scientific work involving electronic circuits, circuit elements, equipment, systems, and associated phenomena concerned with electromagnetic or acoustical wave energy or electrical information for purposes such as communication, computation, sensing, control, measurement, and navigation.

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Electronics Technical

The Electronics Technical occupation covers positions that require: (1) the knowledge of the techniques and theories characteristic of electronics such as a knowledge of basic electricity and electronic theory, algebra, and elementary physics; (2) the ability to apply that knowledge to duties involved in engineering functions such as design, development, evaluation, testing, installation and maintenance of electronic equipment; and (3) a knowledge of the capabilities, limitations, operations, design characteristics, and functional use of a variety of types and models of electronic equipment and systems. Such knowledge is related to but less than a full professional knowledge of electronics engineering.

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Aerospace Engineer

This series covers positions managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional engineering and scientific work concerning the integration of the aeronautics and astronautics sciences within the broad arena of aviation and space exploration. It includes related materials, equipment, systems, applications, and components. The aerospace engineering science discipline involves: increasing the knowledge and understanding of the aeronautical and astronautical sciences and their applications in aviation and space exploration; improving manned and unmanned commercial, defense, and business aviation technology; and creating, developing, testing, launching, operating, maintaining, remodeling, and decommissioning aeronautical vehicles and structures.

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Marine Survey Technical

The Marine Survey Technical occupation covers technical positions supervising, leading, or performing work involving surveying Government-owned and/or operated vessels, or privately-owned and operated merchant vessels, to determine their condition and the extent of work necessary for the vessels and their components to meet specified requirements. The work requires applying a practical knowledge of: preparing specifications, including estimates of labor and material costs, to cover work determined to be necessary as a result of surveys; and inspecting and accepting the work accomplished to place the vessel in the condition specified.

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Industrial Engineer

The Industrial Engineer occupation covers positions managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional engineering and scientific work to determine, evaluate, predict, and advise on effective ways for an organization to use its production factors (i.e., people, equipment, materials, information, and energy) to make or process a product or provide a service.

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General Attorney

The General Attorney occupation covers professional legal positions involved in preparing cases for trial and/or the trial of cases before a court or an administrative body or persons having quasi-judicial power; rendering legal advice and services with respect to questions, regulations, practices, or other matters falling within the purview of a Federal Government agency (this may include conducting investigations to obtain evidentiary data); preparing interpretative and administrative orders, rules, or regulations to give effect to the provisions of governing statutes or other requirements of law; drafting, negotiating, or examining contracts or other legal documents required by the agency's activities; drafting, preparing formal comments, or otherwise making substantive recommendations with respect to proposed legislation; editing and preparing for publication statutes enacted by Congress, opinions or discussions of a court, commission, or board; drafting and reviewing decisions for consideration and adoption by agency officials. Included also are positions, not covered by the Administrative Procedure Act, involved in hearing cases arising under contracts or under the regulations of a Federal Government agency when such regulations have the effect of law, and rendering decisions or making recommendations for disposition of such cases. The work of this series requires admission to the bar.

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Contract Specialist

The Contract Specialist occupation includes positions that manage, supervise, perform, or develop policies and procedures for professional work involving the procurement of supplies, services, construction, or research and development using formal advertising or negotiation procedures; the evaluation of contract price proposals; and the administration or termination and close out of contracts. The work requires knowledge of the legislation, regulations, and methods used in contracting; and knowledge of business and industry practices, sources of supply, cost factors, and requirements characteristics.

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Aeronautical Information Specialist

The Aeronautical Information Specialist occupation covers all classes of positions involving the acquisition, collection, evaluation, selection, and preparation of vital aeronautical or marine information for dissemination in official publications concerning safe navigation and related operations, requiring the technical and practical knowledge of air or marine navigation and operations.

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Operations Research Analyst

The Operations Research Analyst occupation covers positions that manage, supervise, lead, or perform scientific work that involves designing, developing, and adapting mathematical, statistical, econometric, and other scientific methods and techniques. The work also involves analyzing management problems and providing advice and insight about the probable effects of alternative solutions to these problems. The primary requirement of the work is competence in the rigorous methods of scientific inquiry and analysis.

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Computer Scientist

The Computer Scientist occupation includes professional positions which primarily involve the application of, or research into, computer science methods and techniques to store, manipulate, transform or present information by means of computer systems. The primary requirements of the work are (a) professional competence in applying the theoretical foundations of computer science, including computer system architecture and system software organization, the representation and transformation of information structures, and the theoretical models for such representations and transformations; (b) specialized knowledge of the design characteristics, limitations, and potential applications of systems having the ability to transform information, and of broad areas of applications of computing which have common structures, processes, and techniques; and (c) knowledge of relevant mathematical and statistical sciences.

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General Inspection/Enforcement

The General Inspection/Enforcement occupation covers positions which supervise, lead, or perform inspection, investigation, enforcement, or compliance work. This series is applicable when the work of the position: is covered by two or more administrative occupations in the General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, and Compliance Group, 1800, and no one occupation predominates; or is consistent with this occupational group but not covered by an established series in the 1800 group.

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Aviation Safety Inspector 

This series includes positions that involve primarily developing, administering, or enforcing regulations and standards concerning civil aviation safety, including (1) the airworthiness of aircraft and aircraft systems; (2) the competence of pilots, mechanics, and other airmen; and (3) safety aspects of aviation facilities, equipment, and procedures. These positions require knowledge and skill in the operation, maintenance, or manufacture of aircraft and aircraft systems.

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Transportation Specialist

This series covers all administrative positions the duties of which are to advise on, supervise, or perform work that involves two or more specialized transportation functions or other transportation work not specifically included in other series of this group.

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Railroad Safety

The Railroad Safety Specialist occupation includes positions that are involved in developing, administering, or enforcing railroad safety standards and regulations or investigating and preventing railroad accidents. These positions require (1) broad knowledge of railroad operating practices and recordkeeping; (2) practical knowledge of methods used in the installation, maintenance, or manufacture of railroad equipment, signal systems, or track; (3) knowledge of safety practices applicable to the railroad industry and related laws, regulations, and standards; and (4) knowledge of the investigative techniques used in determining the cause of accidents.

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Motor Carrier Safety Specialist

The Motor Carrier Safety Specialist occupation includes positions the duties of which are to administer, supervise, or perform work involved in promoting or enforcing compliance with Federal laws, standards, and regulations related to the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles on the public highways. Included are positions concerned with promoting safe operating practices and enforcing compliance by shippers of hazardous materials; motor carrier accident investigation and prevention; developing regulations and standards; and providing technical assistance to the industry and other jurisdictions involved in motor carrier safety. The work requires: (1) comprehensive knowledge of the laws, standards, and regulations governing motor carrier safety; (2) knowledge of the safety principles and practices applicable to the motor carrier industry; (3) practical knowledge of the competitive and operating practices, policies, organization, equipment, facilities, and recordkeeping systems of motor carriers; and (4) knowledge of investigative techniques used in compliance enforcement and accident investigation. This classification standard has been developed for positions in the Department of Transportation. Positions in other agencies may not be placed in this series without the approval of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

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Air Traffic Control Specialist

The control of air traffic to insure the safe, orderly and expeditious movement along air routes and at airports often under conditions of great stress. Providing preflight/in-flight assistance to aircraft requiring information pilots need to conduct safe flights and the ability to present information clearly and concisely. Positions in this occupation require an extensive knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations and procedures governing the movement of air traffic.

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Air Traffic Assistant

This series includes positions that involve the performance of work in support of air traffic control functions. Positions in this series require a knowledge of and skill in applying air traffic control procedures, but do not require knowledge of aircraft separation standards or the ability to provide preflight or in-flight safety or weather briefings.

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Aviation Technical System Specialist

The Aviation Technical System Specialist occupation was established to provide an occupational series that require an in-depth technical knowledge of National Airspace System (NAS) equipment, procedures, or safety interventions, including their interrelatedness and functions, in order to design, develop, modify, or evaluate the NAS. The intent of the 2186 series was to recognize positions that involved a mixture of Technical job category work or work that is properly assigned to the Technical job category but where no other appropriate series exists.

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Information Technology Specialist

The Information Technology Specialist occupation covers two-grade interval administrative positions that manage, supervise, lead, administer, develop, deliver, and support information technology (IT) systems and services. This series covers only those positions for which the paramount requirement is knowledge of IT principles, concepts, and methods; e.g., data storage, software applications, networking. Information technology refers to systems and services used in the automated acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, assurance, or reception of information. Information technology includes computers, network components, peripheral equipment, software, firmware, services, and related resources. This series covers, but is not limited to, the following specialties:

Policy and Planning: Work that involves a wide range of IT management activities that typically extend and apply to an entire organization or major components of an organization. This includes strategic planning, capital planning and investment control, workforce planning, policy and standards development, resource management, knowledge management, architecture and infrastructure planning and management, auditing, and information security management.

Enterprise Architecture: Work that involves the analysis, planning, design, implementation, documentation, assessment, and management of the enterprise structural framework to align IT strategy, plans, and systems with the mission, goals, structure, and processes of the organization.

Security: Work that involves ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and data through the planning, analysis, development, implementation, maintenance, and enhancement of information systems security programs, policies, procedures, and tools.

Systems Analysis: Work that involves applying analytical processes to the planning, design, and implementation of new and improved information systems to meet the business requirements of customer organizations.

Application Software: Work that involves the design, documentation, development, modification, testing, installation, implementation, and support of new or existing applications software.

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Updated: Wednesday, June 26, 2013