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News Release

Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Contact: Edmund D. Byrnes
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Partners with New York Federal Executive Board to Host Hiring Training for Local Agencies

Hiring Professionals from 13 Departments and Agencies Trained on Keys to improving the Quality and Speed of Hiring Process

New York, NY - As part of a nationwide series of seminars, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the New York Federal Executive Board (FEB) hosted a seminar on hiring flexibilities for federal managers and Human Resource specialists. Enlisting the help of FEBs from across the country, OPM is using training seminars to provide critical information that agencies can use in workforce planning and recruitment.

An OPM Deputy Assistant Director for Human Capital Leadership, Kevin Mahoney, delivered a message on hiring to the attendees. "Director James is committed to elevating the role of Federal Executive Boards to serve as resources to regional agency offices. It is critical we reach out to managers and supervisors to share cutting edge, practical information about the hiring process and available flexibilities."

Discussing the importance of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal hiring process, Mahoney added: "As Director James often highlights, a key to improving the quality and speed of the hiring process is to ensuring agencies are not only aware of but utilize existing flexibilities."

The New York session focused on appointing authorities, such as those for veterans, as well as flexibilities like category rating. Nearly 35 federal agency representatives from 13 different departments and agencies where present at the seminars. Those agencies represented were:

Department of Veterans Affairs

Department of Defense

Department of the Treasury

Department of Commerce

Department of Justice

Department of State

Department of Homeland Security

Environmental Protection Agency

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

General Services Administration

Administrative Office of the US Courts

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