Skip to page navigation
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites. / News / News Archives / Releases / 2024 / May / OPM Highlights Key Actions Supporting AI Talent Surge to Recruit and Hire AI Professionals

News Release

Monday, May 20, 2024
Contact: Office of Communications

ICYMI: OPM Highlights Key Actions Supporting AI Talent Surge to Recruit and Hire AI Professionals

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) highlights key actions taken to recruit, hire, and train AI and AI-related talent into the federal government. OPM’s efforts support the AI in Government Act of 2020 and President Biden’s landmark Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy AI  

“Recruiting AI talent ensures the federal government can use the latest technology to tackle global challenges, improve government services, and better support the American public,” said OPM Acting Director Rob Shriver. “As a strategic partner to federal agencies, OPM has taken a number of actions that will set agencies up to compete for top talent in this critical field now and in the future.” 

Key OPM actions supporting the AI talent surge include: 

    • The AI and Tech Talent Task Force created by President Biden’s E.O. has spearheaded this hiring action and is coordinating other key initiatives to facilitate hiring AI talent.  
    • In December 2023, OPM authorized agencies to use a Direct Hiring Authority to assist efforts to increase AI capabilities in the federal government by making it easier for agencies to recruit AI talent from several specialties, including IT specialists, computer scientists and engineers, and management and program analysts. 
    • This authority also increased use of temporary positions under certain Schedule A appointments to support the executive order’s implementation.   
    • Since the issuance of the AI in Government Act of 2020-Artificial Intelligence Competencies, OPM consulted with SMEs from federal agencies and conducted environmental scans, focus groups, and government-wide surveys. OPM used the qualitative and quantitative data collected to paint a comprehensive picture of AI work throughout the federal government and to validate the attached AI competency model.  
    • On April 18th, 2024, this working group in partnership with an external nonprofit coalition, hosted the Tech to Gov Forum and Virtual Job Fair focused on AI + AI-enabling talent. The job fair had more than 1,700 registered attendees, representing 50 states, resulting in 1,746 one-on-one agency conversations.  
    • In support of this effort, OPM consulted with subject matter experts (SMEs), to explore the impact and use of AI on civil engineer work, and the AI competencies needed to perform civil engineering work. As part of the AI in Government Act of 2020, OPM issued a governmentwide survey to 0810 series, Civil Engineering employees and supervisors to identify critical AI competencies needed to perform civil engineering work.  
  • Issued a memo in July 2023 in collaboration with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). This memo provides specific guidance to use 44 general competencies and 14 technical competencies that have been identified through an environmental scan for AI work. Agencies can use the AI competencies to select, assess, and train AI talent as confirmed by job analyses for recruitment, selection, and hiring.  

The Biden-Harris Administration issued fact sheets highlights key AI actions on the 90-days and 180-days mark since President Biden issued the AI EO.  

- end -

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is the leader in workforce management for the federal government. Our agency builds, strengthens, and serves a federal workforce of 2.2 million employees with programs like hiring assistance, healthcare and insurance, retirement benefits, and much more. We provide agencies with policies, guidance, and best practices for supporting federal workers, so they can best serve the American people.

Control Panel