More political appointees will need OPM approval for career service jobs

More former political appointees will need to receive approval from the Office of Personnel Management before working in career service positions, Federal Times reports.

OPM changed its policy on which positions needed formal approval for civil service jobs in late February in order to comply with the Presidential Transitions Improvements Act of 2015, which expanded the definition of a “covered civil service position,” and increased the pre-appointment review coverage pool and data reporting obligation, according to the article.

The pool is now extended to current or former political appointees that have served within the past five years in 12 positions, the report notes.

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