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News Release

Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Contact: J. Porter
Tel: 202-606-2402

U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Nationwide Search for the Best and Brightest Continued in Chicago

OPM Partners with Local Groups to Extend Minority Outreach

Chicago, IL - The successful "Working for America" recruitment fair sponsored by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) continued its nationwide tour in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago fair which attracted over 2,000 attendees was a part of an ongoing series that began in Los Angeles, California in September 2003. OPM partnered with local minority outreach groups who conducted seminars and a health fair in conjunction with the recruitment fair on the Malcolm X Community college campus.

"These fairs are continuing opportunities for Federal agencies to reach out and recruit both locally and nationally to increase the pool of talented and diverse applicants," said OPM Director Kay Coles James. "OPM is providing agencies with multiple opportunities to exercise their full range of hiring flexibilities all across the country. Simultaneously, OPM is training agency Human Resources experts on how to use their flexibilities more effectively."

This recruitment fair featured booths from OPM, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Social Security Administration, Department of Labor, Census Bureau and Department of Agriculture and highlighted over 17,000 Federal career opportunities nationwide. A list of available Federal positions can be seen at the website by clicking on the USAJobs link or by going directly to

This week OPM, concluded a targeted training session for 80 agencies and 484 experts designed to teach agency experts on Voluntary Early Retirement Authority, Academic Degree Training, Category Rating, Direct Hire Authority, Student Career Experience Program, Veterans' Hiring Programs, Presidential Management Fellows Program and Excepted Appointments.

The website is a free, one-stop service for searching all currently available Federal positions. The website has received over 68,799,544 visitors since its launch in August 2003, and over 624,188 new candidates have posted their resumes online.

For future fair locations check the website and The fair locations and agency participants will be posted as dates are finalized.

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