Proposed rule gives direct hiring authority for IT positions
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Oct 29, 2018
The Office of Personnel Management, in a proposed rule published this week, is looking to give agencies the direct authority to hire IT professionals.
OPM in a proposed rule posted to the Federal Registrar on Oct. 29, said that in an effort to address a “severe shortage of IT personnel,” it is seeking to pass on its hiring authority to agency leaders to bring on more IT talent to the federal workforce.
“The intended effect of this change is to enhance the government's ability to recruit needed IT professionals,” the notice states.
Under current rules, OPM leads the direct-hiring process so that it can determine whether an agency has a critical need to hire for certain positions.
Earlier this month, Margaret Weichert, acting director of OPM, announced that the agency was specifically looking to hire cybersecurity and IT professionals to cover six technical occupations across the federal government, using direct hiring authorities.
The proposed regulation would give agencies the authority to determine whether they have a severe shortage of candidates in the information technology management series or a shortage of “highly qualified candidates” for the Veterans Affairs Department.
Comments on the rule are open through Dec. 28.