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Monday, May 6, 2019
Contact: OPM Office of Communications
Tel: 202-606-2402

NEWS: OPM Streamlines Biennial Review Submission Process

WASHINGTON, DC - Today OPM issued the Call for Biennial Review Submission for Executive Allocations for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 (Part II), which expands upon last December’s memorandum (Part I) and streamlines the process for agencies to request an increase or decrease in the number of senior positions (SES, SL, and ST) allocated in FY2020 and FY2021 . 

In accordance with the President’s Management Agenda (PMA), the first memo updated the review process by simplifying the templates used by agencies requesting changes to the number of senior positions that have been allocated. The second memo, issued today, details the revised process and gives agencies guidance regarding submission requirements. OPM’s restructured process emphasizes the importance for agencies to explain their need for additional senior positions, rather than creating a lengthy proposal for a suggested position. 

The streamlined review process reduces the volume of information agencies are required to provide OPM, instead focusing only on the most essential information required to request more executive positions to be allocated to an agency. These changes save time and energy for agencies who submit and review requests, making the entire process more efficient and effective. This ultimately reduces the burden on OPM, enabling employees to focus less on low-value work and more on high-value work, as recommended by the PMA.   

Agencies requesting changes to their executive resource allocations for FY2020 and FY2021 must submit written justification and documentation to OPM within 60 days of this memo being issued.   

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