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News Release

Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Contact: Edmund D. Byrnes
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Holds Briefing on New Career Patterns Program

Washington, DC - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) formally launched its Career Patterns initiative during a briefing with federal agency representatives and members of the media. The new Program's main purpose is to help federal agencies transform the hiring process into one that recognizes the needs of the future workforce.

"OPM's Career Patterns initiative is an entirely new approach to hiring and supporting a 21st century workforce," said OPM Director Linda M. Springer. "This transition in our thinking and marketing to the talent pool is particularly critical as we meet the challenge of the pending retirement wave."

Because a large percentage of current employees are becoming eligible to retire, OPM believes it is increasingly important the federal government is positioned to compete for highly qualified job candidates who seek non-traditional career patterns.

The Career Patterns initiative recognizes that employer-employee relationships will increasingly vary across many dimensions, including:

· Time in career (early, middle, late, returning annuitants)
· Mobility (among agencies, between public and private sectors)
· Permanence (seasonal/intermittent, long-term, revolving, temporary, students)
· Mission-focus (program-based, project managers)
· Flexible arrangements (detached from office, job sharers, non-traditional time of day, part time, irregular schedule)

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OPM leads and serves the Federal Government in enterprise human resources management by delivering policies and services to achieve a trusted, effective civilian workforce. By Empowering Excellence in Government through Great People, we provide leadership and support to U.S. agencies on issues including human resources policy and oversight, background investigations, federal employee benefits, retirement services, guidance on labor-management relations, and programs to improve workforce performance. For more information, visit or follow OPM on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

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