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News Release

Monday, December 27, 2004
Contact: Brendan LaCivita
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Conducts Hiring Flexibilities Training Seminar in Minneapolis

20 cities in a series of 26 visited to further knowledge of federal hiring flexibilities

Minneapolis, MN - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) held its latest hiring flexibility seminar designed to train federal hiring managers on the many hiring flexibilities available. The recent symposium in Minneapolis provided guidance on the options federal hiring managers have to entice new talent to the federal work force.

"In order to effectively recruit for the federal work force, we must be certain federal hiring managers are aware of the many tools available," stated OPM Director Kay Coles James. "An informed and well-prepared manager is our best defense against inertia and delays in the hiring process."

Since June, OPM, partnering with Federal Executive Boards, has conducted 20 symposiums in cities throughout the country. The half-day symposiums feature sessions led by OPM senior officials and other agency representatives on the various hiring flexibilities, including sessions on veterans' preference, student and excepted-service employment authorities, the Pledge to Applicants, James' memorandum on the "Top Things You Can Do To Improve Federal Hiring," and the 45-Day Hiring Model.

"We have at our disposal so many wonderful tools to recruit new talent," James said.  "It's our job to support federal agency efforts to make hiring flexibility information available to applicants, and to support agencies in their responsibility to streamline the hiring process."

Agencies attending Minneapolis' symposium include:

Department of the Interior

Department of Veterans Affairs

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Agriculture

Department of Defense (U.S. Air Force)

Agencies trained to date include:

Department of Agriculture

Department of Commerce

Department of Defense

Department of Education

Department of Energy

Department of Homeland Security

Department of the Interior

Department of Justice

Department of Labor

Department of Transportation

Department of the Treasury

Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Environmental Protection Agency

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

General Services Administration

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Office of Cuba Broadcasting

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

U.S. Postal Service

Railroad Retirement Board

Small Business Administration

Smithsonian Institution

Social Security Administration

Hiring flexibility symposiums have been conducted in the following cities: Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Atlanta; Boston; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Miami; St. Louis; and Denver.  Symposiums also have been conducted in Houston; Dallas; Baltimore; Kansas City; New Orleans; Oklahoma City; and Albuquerque.

Additional symposiums are scheduled for the following cities and dates: San Antonio, Jan 11; Cleveland, Jan 19; Seattle, Jan 26; and Portland, Jan 27. Symposiums also are being scheduled for Cincinnati; San Francisco; Los Angeles; and Honolulu.

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