Government service has never been more critical to our country's future. Improving the Federal recruitment and hiring process
is the key to ensuring we have the talent needed to meet these challenges.
At OPM, our priority is to help Federal human resources specialists and hiring managers improve on the time it takes to
hire new talent. Working as a team, we have made steady progress. Changes in hiring procedures were first proposed by President
George W. Bush in his "Freedom to Manage" initiative.
The Congress then enacted a number of important new hiring flexibilities as part of the Chief Human Capital Officers Act
These new authorities, coupled with those that already existed, have the potential for dramatically improving your ability
to get the right people in the right jobs at the right time. OPM is providing agencies with guidance and training opportunities
to ensure that their Human Resources staff and hiring managers are fully aware of, and prepared to use, these hiring flexibilities.
Those flexibilities include . . .
- Authorization for appointing highly skilled, trained, and dedicated veterans, especially those with disabilities;
- Provisions for attracting new talent by recruiting and hiring students to satisfy current and future staffing needs;
- A mechanism for hiring qualified candidates for immediate offers of employment to meet mission-critical staffing needs
or severe shortages; and
- Provisions for using a category rating system that allows you to place applicants into broad categories based on their
qualifications, then, subject to veterans' preference, select any candidate in the top group.
Additional flexibility alternatives allow for appointing applicants in unusual circumstances when it is not feasible or
practical to use traditional competitive hiring procedures.
You have the authority and the flexibility to bring the best and brightest America has to offer to the Federal service.
OPM stands ready to help you use these flexibilities. Within this resource center are tools and guidance that will help you
implement successful hiring strategies.
The quality of the talent you recruit and hire to do America's business depends on you. Now you must have the desire and
dedication to get that job done.
In the words of our President: ". . . all of us should dedicate ourselves to great goals. We are not here to mark time,
but to make progress, to achieve results, and to leave a record of excellence."