The Office of Personnel Management has released a tip sheet
for federal managers to improve hiring with an emphasis on
New hiring flexibilities were introduced through the Chief
Human Capital Officers Act of 2002 but the internal rules
and practices of some agencies have prevented their
implementation, said OPM.
It advised agencies to use plain language in job
announcements, recruit veterans, adopt an accelerated
hiring model, recruit from college campuses, offer incentives
for talent, utilize on-the-spot hiring authority, leverage
other new hiring flexibilities, go after outstanding
scholars, and fully engage agency HR staff.
OPM has also asked agency CHCOs to track the time a vacancy
is identified to when it is actually filled, to demand
improvements in customer service and automation, and to
report those improvements to OPM.
Agencies have recruitment tools available to hire college
students and recent graduates, such as the Student Temporary
Employment Program; Student Career Experience Program;
Federal Career Intern Program; and, the Outstanding Scholar
Program, all of which are detailed here: http://www.opm.gov/hrmc/2003/KCJ-Hiring.asp