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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
U.S. International Trade Commission
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Washington Headquarters Services
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.