In its testimony before the House civil service subcommittee,
the Office of Personnel Management said it was disappointed
that the many tools and flexibilities it has granted to
agencies have been used infrequently.
It said it recently shared hiring fixes with chief human
capital officers, such as the use of a category rating
system to increase the number of qualified candidates
including vets who are presented to managers for hire,
sending recruiters to college campuses, and offering
“talent” incentives to attract exceptional people.
It said it promotes hiring flexibilities and federal
employment opportunities for veterans, minorities and
other qualified job seekers and noted that agencies, not
OPM, do their own hiring.
OPM announced another job fair as well, to be held on
June 26 in Chicago and said it was encouraging agencies
to “stock” the fair with officials empowered to hire to
take advantage of direct hiring authority for critical
jobs in medicine, IT and other hard to fill positions.