Would an agency have to advertise pandemic-related critical positions on USAJOBS before using these authorities?
Advertising positions on USAJOBS is not required for the first three authorities listed in the previous question
. An agency would have to advertise the position before using Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) or re-hiring a former employee or an annuitant if the appointment will last longer than 120 days, including extensions. Contracting with a private sector temporary firm is done under the Federal Acquisition Regulations.