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Highly Qualified Experts and Highly Qualified Experts-Senior Mentors

The “Highly Qualified Expert (HQE)” appointing authority is unique to the DOD. HQEs and HQE- Senior Mentors (SM) are individuals who possess uncommon, special knowledge, skills, and experience in an occupational field; and judgment that is accorded authority and status by peers or the public. DCPAS is responsible for providing policy, advice, and consultation on the use of this hiring authority.

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