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Pandemic FAQ

Question
What hiring flexibilities might an agency need to request from OPM during a pandemic health crisis?
Answer
Agencies may request the following hiring flexibilities from OPM:

  • Excepted service Schedule A or B agency-specific appointing authority
  • Salary offset waivers to re-hire retirees to deal with emergency situations (reemploying annuitants without a salary offset)
  • Rehire retirees or others who left the Federal Government with buyouts (reemploying buyout annuitants/recipients)
  • Other positions for which OPM determines examining is impracticable (Schedule A—5 CFR 213.3102(i)(3))
  • Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) – new agency specific requests


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