USDA Executive Resources Board
Each Federal agency is required by 5 U.S.C. § 3393(b) to establish one or more Executive Resources Boards (ERB’s), the members of which shall be appointed by the Secretary. The ERB will conduct the merit staffing process for career entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES); entrants into the Presidential Management Fellow Program (PMF); and other functions relating to the management of the Department’s executive resources, as delegated by the Secretary, to include the oversight of human resources matters related to SES and Senior Level (SL) and Scientific or Professional (ST) employees. The purpose of this directive is to set forth the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) policies and procedures for administering the USDA ERB.