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  • “Any personnel action that brings an individual onto the rolls (staff) of an agency.” It is also referred to as “accession.” An appointee is the person being hired. The appointing officer, also commonly known as the appointing authority or appointing power, is the person “having power by law, or by duly delegated authority, to make appointments” (U.S Office of Personnel Management, n.d.). “Appointing officer means a person having power by law, or by lawfully delegated authority, to make appointments to positions in the service of the Federal Government or the government of the District of Columbia” (5 CFR 210.102(b)(1)).

    Marbury v. Madison (1803), the U.S. Supreme Court case enshrining the concept of judicial review, is in fact a case dealing with the basics of appointment. It ...

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