OPM looks to cancel several dozen occupational series

The Office of Personnel Management is proposing to cancel 40 occupational series that have 25 or fewer employees, and move employees in those series into other job series.

OPM, which oversees responsibility for preparing position classification and job grading standards for agencies to use in placing employees in appropriate classes and grades, said it conducts routine reviews of the use of occupational series throughout the government.

“As a result of this review,” stated a Nov. 21 memo from OPM Employee Services Associate Director Mark Reinhold, “OPM is proposing to cancel the following occupational series due to low use across agencies. These series have approximately 25 or fewer incumbents government-wide, and the work covered can be classified to other existing occupational series.”

“We are not proposing to cancel occupational series whose work is so specialized that it is not classifiable to any other series or which have individual occupational qualification requirements,” Reinhold noted.

White-collar occupational series proposed for removal include jobs such as autopsy assistant, music specialist, theater specialist, art specialist and cryptography, among others.

The 24 trade, craft, and labor occupations on the cancellation list included jobs such as railroad repairing, plastering, motion picture projection, negative engraving, bowling equipment repairing, farming, explosives test operating and bartending, among others.

OPM is taking suggestions for additional series cancellations until Jan. 6.

Reader comments

Fri, Dec 2, 2016 William Bidlack FL

While OPM is at it, please cancel the following job descriptions: INTERDISCIPLANARY ENGINEER. OPM is making an assumption that Chemical Engineers can perform the same duties as Aerospace Engineers in evaluating aircraft structure, flight control surfaces, landing gear, etc, when in fact a person who studies chemistry is in a college cirrulum that has no courses in statics, dynamics, strentgh of materials, blue print reading, tolerances, thermodynamics, fluids flow, stability and control, etc., that are required under OPM classification guides.

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