GENERAL INFORMATION BULLETIN N0. 86-02
TO: Department and Agency Personnel and Affirmative Action Officers
FROM: John M. Keefe
SUBJECT: Section 55.b Procedural Guidelines
In her memorandum of November 15, 1985, Commissioner Burstein stated that new procedural guidelines would be forthcoming in regard to positions classified in the non-competitive class pursuant to Section 55.b of the Civil Service Law. Specifically, she announced that effective December 1, 1985, all such positions would revert to the competitive class upon vacancy.
The redesignation of such positions as "competitive" will be initiated by the Department of Civil Service. This memorandum provides procedural guidelines which will be applied in implementing this policy.
A. Separations of 55.b Incumbents
*Agencies must be sure to indicate the nature and duration of leave being authorized on the PR-75 reporting the transaction.
NOTE: The hold items of 55.b incumbents appointed to other positions on a temporary canvass basis will immediately revert, to the competitive class since "temporary canvass" appointments are often certified beyond the original 60 day period.
B . Status of 55 . b incumbents' Hold Items
C. Reinstatement of 55.b Incumbents
D. Conversion of Currently Vacant 55 b Items
Steps have been taken to revert all vacant 55.b positions (except those vacant for the reasons described in A .1. a. or b. above) to the competitive class, and position records as maintained in APPS have been updated. Agencies should review and conform agency position information in similar fashion.
Any questions on this memorandum should he addressed to Nick Vagianelis, Office of Civil Service Commission Operations, 457-2575
(signed) John M. Keefe