OPM has issued guidance on an authority, affecting current federal employees seeking to change jobs as well as outside applicants, designed to speed up the hiring process by increasing sharing among agencies of resumes of qualified applicants and avoiding repetitive assessment processes.

Regulations issued last year carry out a 2016 law allowing agencies to share resumes and select from among candidates who were deemed qualified, but not hired, for a similar position at another agency in the same duty station area. That replaces a policy under which such sharing could occur only among different hiring offices within the same agency.

OPM said the authority applies only for permanent and term positions, only if the vacancy announcement states that such sharing may occur and the applicant consents, only to positions that are equivalent in grade level, and only for 240 days from the issuance of the original certificate of eligibles. It does not apply to direct-hire or merit promotion appointments or to temporary positions, OPM said.