OPM proposes scrapping nearly 50 job titles

The Office of Personnel Management is proposing to cancel nearly 50 federal job classifications after a review found many were underused, redundant or outdated.

“As part of our role, we routinely review occupational series throughout the federal government considering federal agency usage and in comparison to industry trends,” Kimberly Holden, deputy associate director for talent acquisition and workforce shaping at OPM, wrote in a recent memo, adding that the effort supports the President’s Management Agenda: Modernizing Government for the 21st Century. 

The 47 job classifications and series OPM aims to cancel include both white collar and labor occupations, such as employee benefits law specialist, elevator mechanic, correspondence clerk, and public health educator.

“These series selected for cancellation have approximately 25 or fewer incumbents governmentwide, and the work covered can be classified to other existing occupational series,” the memo states.

“Additional considerations for cancelling the proposed occupational series include the work is not agency-specific or agency mission critical work,” it continued

View the full list and memo here.

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