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News Release

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Contact: Office of Communications
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM's Nationwide Testing Group Celebrates 30 Years of Testing for the DOD

Washington, DC- Today marks the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's (OPM's) Nationwide Testing Group working with the United States Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM), the DOD field activity responsible for administering both enlistment and Career Exploration versions of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). OPM Nationwide Testing's first arrangement with the DOD began in 1976 with the U.S. Air Force in Washington state and Oregon. In 1977, OPM's agreement with the DOD to administer the ASVAB examination was expanded to include all military services nationwide.

"I am proud of OPM's partnering with the DOD for so many years, and I look forward to many more," said OPM Associate Director Robert F. Danbeck.

While the enlistment version of the ASVAB is administered daily at the 65 Military Entrance Processing Stations located throughout the nation, utilizing computer-assisted technology, OPM test administrators provide the manual version of the ASVAB at nearly 500 satellite Military Entrance Test sites. In addition, OPM administers the career exploration version of the ASVAB to students at more than 12,000 high schools nationwide during each school year.

Over the past 30 years, OPM has administered nearly 1.5 million test sessions for the DOD for more than 40 million individuals. OPM accomplishes its testing mission via approximately 1,000 Test Administrators from Guam to Puerto Rico and throughout the 50 states..

Nationwide Testing has a program office in Chicago, a test storage and distribution center in Denver, and regional testing teams in Philadelphia, Atlanta, San Antonio, San Francisco, and Chicago.

The Nationwide Testing Group offers: dependable and cost-effective test administration; electronic candidate scheduling, scoring and notifications; secure test storage and distribution; and integrated examining. The Nationwide Testing Group is a part of OPM's Center for Talent Services (CTS).  The CTS is a reimbursable U.S. Government entity that offers integrated solutions for every aspect of a Federal agency's human resources life cycle.

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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.

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