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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 Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Department of Transportation
Department of the Treasury
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
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.
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.