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News Release

Thursday, October 12, 2006
Contact: Office of Communications
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Co-Hosts Federal Career Day at Louisiana State University

Dozens of Federal Agencies Search for Talent/ More than 21,000 Positions Open

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Linda M. Springer and Lousiana State University (LSU) Chancellor Sean O'Keefe today co-sponsored the first of four Federal Career Days to be held at colleges across the United States in an effort to showcase the thousands of career opportunities available in the Federal government. LSU is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

"With more than 21,000 openings available now, and many more opening up in the future due to pending retirements, the Federal government needs bright, talented young people to come and serve our nation in the civilian workforce," Director Springer said from Washington. "No matter what your educational background, or what you are interested in doing, there is a rewarding career opportunity for you."

"We are ecstatic to host Federal Career Day," said LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe. "As a public servant I am pleased that our students, who have demonstrated community leadership through the challenges we have faced over the past year, will get a first-hand look at the rewarding opportunities available in federal service."

The Federal Career Day, held at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, exposed LSU students to a wide range of career options in a diverse group of Federal agencies. Special emphasis has been placed on occupations considered "mission critical," where needs are highest. These include engineering; science; foreign affairs; nursing; medical officer; and customs/ border officer.

However, Springer said, students not studying in these fields should know there are plenty of other opportunities.

"Needs exist in every facet of the Federal government," Springer said. "We need everyone to step forward and bring their talents and skills to the table."

Springer said OPM has been working hard to recruit the next generation of Federal civilian workers. Television ads produced by OPM have aired in markets across the United States, encouraging college students and young professionals to consider serving in the Federal workforce. OPM has also established a Career Patterns initiative offering Federal agencies guidance on new methods to recruit younger workers into their workforce.

Additional Federal Career Days are scheduled to be held at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH on November 8; New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM; and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA on November 15.

For more information on Federal careers and how to apply, visit


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