Federal Manager's Daily Report

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