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Proposed rule gives direct hiring authority for IT positions

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.

Reader comments

Thu, Nov 15, 2018 Oahu, Hawaii

I could be wrong but the way that I understand how each agency can post the job annoucement to recruit the best qualified candidate is that the direct hiring authority (DHA) waives the military 180-day restriction if a candidate is found to be qualified.

Wed, Nov 14, 2018 Marlin Dammarell Korea

Any word on the revision for new Military Retiree's and the 180 day cool down period? v/r

Fri, Nov 2, 2018 JB Groves III Wharton County Junior College - TEXAS

It's about time that the folks that know what they want in an IT staff position are allowed to fill it themselves.

Thu, Nov 1, 2018

Only in the GubMent can you have a leading Federal Law Enforcement Agency have a nationwide IT staff that is not required to have ANY certification and where Administrator staff without any IT experience are hired as IT's. It's no wonder they rely on paying huge pesos for contractors, who do most of the IT work. Only in the GubMent do we pay 2 people to do one job.

Tue, Oct 30, 2018 Sam USA

All of the major companies in the Private Sector are paying their top IT systems and security specialists salaries that EXCEED $1 million per year along with giving them stock options, fully paid for health insurance and BIG bonuses each year. The US Government cannot complete for top talent because US Government salaries are far too low to attract Knowledgeable people. Way back in the 1990's when I worked as a Systems Manager on Wall Street at a major firm my salary was $150: plus a 25% of salary bonus every 3 months if the system ran 99.9% flawlessly.

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