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News Release

Friday, January 28, 2005
Contact: Brenda Bertrand
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Launches New Online Federal Hiring Flexibilities Resource Center

Powerful on-line tool provides agencies with guidance on hiring flexibilities

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) under the guidance of Director Kay Coles James continues to provide assistance to Federal human resource specialists on improving the time it takes to hire new talent. OPM recently launched a comprehensive Federal Hiring Flexibilities Resource Center on its website, The on-line resource center is the latest in OPM's ongoing efforts to improve the Federal recruitment and hiring process.

Director James said the on-line resource will ensure Federal Government human resource professionals have the tools they need for implementing hiring flexibilities in one easily- accessible website.

"Under President George W. Bush's leadership and have made steady progress and responsibility for continued results rests at the agency level," James said. "OPM's new resource center supports the President's charge by consolidating all of the extensive guidance on the new hiring authorities into one easy-to-navigate website. This new resource coupled with those that previously existed have the potential for dramatically improving an ability of the HR team governmentwide to help get the right people in the right jobs at the right time. I encourage managers and employers to provide feedback on how we can improve the online tool."

James added, "Our goal is to help agencies create custom solutions for their hiring needs, while adhering to the merit system principles. The Federal Hiring Flexibilities Resource Center is a practical tool that can assist in improving the recruitment and hiring process, the key to ensuring we have the talent we need to meet critical human capital challenges."

The site includes direction and guidance on appointment of veterans, direct-hire authority, student employment, excepted service employment and category rating. A hiring flexibility decision allows human resources specialists to decide which potential hiring flexibilities will best meet their agencies' needs by answering a series of questions. The site also offers detailed descriptions of each flexibility, including applicable statutes and regulations, step-by-step implementation guidance, agency best practices and links to additional information.

The on-line resource center, which has been tested by HR professionals, offers another step in providing Federal agencies with support to implement successful hiring strategies. Feedback from the testers show the site is an easy to navigate, user-friendly practical guide that is a vast improvement over former search options.

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