OPM has compiled a “talent surge” playbook and a list of special hiring authorities to use to address in meeting current staffing needs and in preparing to carry out provisions of the recently enacted infrastructure spending measure.
“Significant work must be done across the federal government so that we have a workforce in place to meet the current moment. We know that we must be strategic in building for the long-term, assessing the needs of the federal government for the future. This will require a commitment by agency leaders to develop short, medium, and long-term strategic workforce plans,” OPM said in a memo to agencies.
It said that agencies should start hiring now to carry out new responsibilities under the infrastructure measure including “scientists to combat climate change, engineers to repair and rebuild our roads and bridges, and workers to help ensure that every community in America has clean water, just to name a few.”
Those are “on top of other critical hiring needs the federal government faces to invest in our communities, support the nation’s economy, and advance justice,” it said.
The “Talent Surge Executive Playbook,” intended as a reference for agency leaders, hiring managers, and HR professionals, is a compilation of resources for agencies to use to plan for future workforce needs and recruit and hire for those positions. The “Talent Surge Hiring Authorities Fact Sheet” is a description of hiring authorities and flexibilities available for Title 5 agencies such as direct hire authority, special hiring authorities for veterans, rehiring of federal retirees without offset against their annuities, and more.
They are attachments to the memo at www.chcoc.gov.