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News Release

Tuesday, August 03, 2004
Contact: Brenda Bertrand
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Continues to Educate Agencies on Hiring Flexibilities at Second Governmentwide Hiring Symposium

Training highlights the importance of Veterans Preference and Various Hiring Flexibilities

161 hiring professionals from 51 agencies attended training

Washington, D.C. - At today's governmentwide hiring symposium, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) senior staff trained 161 federal human resource officials and program managers from 51 agencies and sub-agencies on how to make better use of the available staffing flexibilities to improve the federal hiring process. Due to the high demand for and full capacity at the OPM June hiring symposium, Director Kay Coles James called for an additional training session in August.

"These training opportunities help ensure agency hiring officials are both aware of the many flexibilities they have available and how to use them," said James. "But what agency hiring officials do after they leave the training is critical to achieving results - they must use the tools and flexibilities discussed to bring on new talent."

The one-day symposium featured sessions led by OPM Associate Director Ronald Sanders, senior officials and other agency representatives on the various hiring flexibilities, including sessions on veteran hiring and student and excepted service employment authorities. The training provided agency leaders and managers with instructions on how to implement existing hiring flexibilities to make public service more attractive to jobseekers who have been discouraged by the federal hiring process.

During this past year, James initiated a training campaign to support and assist agencies in their efforts to implement HR flexibilities to quickly hire veterans, students and other qualified individuals. The hiring symposiums give agencies, as well as human resources professionals, another opportunity to learn and ultimately take responsibility for the critical role they play in the hiring process at federal agencies.

James added, "The record numbers of HR officials attending these training symposiums illustrate the increased governmentwide attention to fixing the federal hiring process and streamlining recruitment and hiring practices."

List of Participating Agencies and Sub-Agencies:

Armed Forces Retirement Home

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives

Bureau of Economic Analysis

Bureau of Medical Education

Civilian Personnel Management Services

Contracting Career Program Office

Corporation for National Service

Counterintelligence Field Activity

Defense Commissary Agency

Defense Contract Audit Agency

Defense Contract Management Agency

Defense Finance Accounting Service

Defense Intelligence Agency

Department of Agriculture

Department of Army

Department of Defense

Department of Energy

Department of Human Health Services

Department of Justice

Department of Labor

Department of State

Department of the Army

Department of the Navy

Department of Transportation

Department of Treasury

Department of Veterans Affairs

Environmental Protection Agency

Executive Office of the President

Export Import Bank of the United States

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Government Accountability Office

Internal Revenue Service

Library of Congress

Merit Systems Protection Board

Minerals Management Service

National Endowment for the Arts

National Institutes of Health

National Labor Relations Board

National Park Service

National Science Foundation

Naval Air Systems Command

Office of Special Counsel

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Program Support Center

Small Business Administration

Smithsonian Institution

U.S. Courts

U.S. International Trade Commission

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Washington Headquarters Services

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