OPM looking for STEM workers
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Jun 07, 2018
The Office of Personnel Management is exploring the possibility of issuing a government-wide direct hire authority for certain science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and cybersecurity positions.
“The [OPM] is aware that individuals with the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform in [STEM] and cybersecurity occupations are in heavy demand and that this demand could, perhaps, be affecting mission critical functions,” OPM Director Jeff Pon wrote in a memo to agency chief human capital officers.
A direct-hire authority, or DHA is an appointing hiring authority that the OPM can give to federal agencies for filling vacancies when a critical hiring need or severe shortage of candidates exists, but certain criteria must be met as the authority allows an agency to skip significant portions of the traditional competitive hiring process.
Pon said that in order to determine whether agencies will meet those requirements, in the coming weeks, OPM will be issuing a survey.
“The data we need will be both qualitative and quantitative – to get a better picture of how the hiring process is working today, and better understand any challenges you may indicate you have encountered in trying to recruit for these positions,” Pon said. “When you receive your survey I urge you to respond honestly, thoughtfully, and promptly,” he added.
Read the memo here.