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OPM has extended the “Schedule A” excepted service hiring authority that agencies can use to fill positions needed for pandemic-related purposes, saying it “understands that during this time, agencies continue to need more tools to conduct strategic, targeted hiring for specific, short-term roles to meet mission and/or hiring needs.”

“Agencies may continue to use this authority to fill positions on a temporary basis for up to 1 year as needed in response to, or as a result of, COVID-19. These appointments may be extended up to 1 additional year. No new appointments may be made under this authority after March 1, 2023, or upon termination of the National Emergency Concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, whichever comes first,” a memo to agencies says.


The authority, initially granted in early 2020, has been extended several times. It applies nationwide and at all grade levels but only to hiring “needed in direct response to the effects of COVID-19.”

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