The Statute: § 7106. Management rights

       (a)     Subject to subsection (b) of this section, nothing in this chapter shall affect the authority of any management official of any agency--

      (1)     to determine the mission, budget, organization, number of employees, and internal security practices of the agency; and
      (2)     in accordance with applicable laws--
      (A)     to hire, assign, direct, layoff, and retain employees in the agency, or to suspend, remove, reduce in grade or pay, or take other disciplinary action against such employees;
      (B)     to assign work, to make determinations with respect to contracting out, and to determine the personnel by which agency operations shall be conducted;
      (C)     with respect to filling positions, to make selections for appointments from--
      (i)     among properly ranked and certified candidates for promotion; or
      (ii)     any other appropriate source; and