The Federal Government will Become America's Model Employer for the 21st Century.
Recruit, Retain and Honor a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American People.
Find out more about Federal compensation throughout your career and around the world.
Staffing to align with your agency's mission
Review the new 2014 Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Handbook
Answering your questions about Healthcare and Insurance
Manage your retirement online.
Human Resources and Security Specialists should use this tool to determine the correct investigation level for any covered position within the U.S. Federal Government.
OPM’s Human Resources Solutions organization can help your agency answer this critically important question.
Developing senior leaders in the U.S. Government through Leadership for a Democratic Society, Custom Programs and Interagency Courses.
Visit this federal site to search for our regulatory notices, proposed and final rules.
See the latest tweets on our Twitter feed, like our Facebook pages, watch our YouTube videos, and page through our Flickr photos.
The content available is no longer being updated and as a result you may encounter hyperlinks which no longer function. You should also bear in mind that this content may contain text and references which are no longer applicable as a result of changes in law, regulation and/or administration.
Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director Kay Coles James continues to expedite the hiring process by approving direct-hire authority to federal agencies. James has granted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) flexibility to hire 490 critical positions that perform intelligence activities and functions related to the agency's national security mission in the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (IAIP) Directorate and the Office of Security.
Ron James, Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security said, "I want to thank Kay Coles James for her leadership and commitment to improving the Federal hiring process. By granting DHS the "direct hire authority" in specific areas, OPM has paved the way for us to quickly bring on board the additional intelligence and security staff we need to carry out our mission of securing the Homeland."
Director James, operating under OPM regulations 5 CFR 337.205, granted DHS the use of direct-hire authority for intelligence research and operations specialists, and security specialists, as well as for telecommunications specialists and various interdisciplinary and specialist positions that serve as critical support to intelligence activities and functions in IAIP.
"Our nation's security is dependent on filling critical vacancies with highly qualified experts," James said. "My goal is to remove any obstacles in the hiring process. The direct-hire authority granted will better equip DHS and all agencies to acquire, develop, manage and retain the specialized, expert, high-performing work force that is needed to keep our nation secure."
OPM Director James has also recently granted direct-hire flexibilities to the Department of Health and Human Service's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Energy, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, and the Department of Justice. OPM may grant a direct-hire authority on the basis of a severe shortage of candidates or because of a critical mission need.
OPM will review the use of the direct-hire authority to ensure it is being used properly.
Our mission is to Recruit, Retain and Honor a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American People. OPM supports U.S. agencies with personnel services and policy leadership including staffing tools, guidance on labor-management relations and programs to improve work force performance.