Report: OPM plans big changes for temporary federal workforce

Big changes are in store for the federal temporary and seasonal workforce—changes that would permit workers in these categories to remain in provisional federal employment for much longer periods, according to Government Executive.

The Office of Personnel Management—the executive branch agency in charge of such personnel issues—has plans to create more and different ways for temporary workers, for example in scientific and technical slots, to stay on longer, the report notes, adding that in some cases, this would mean appointments up to 10 years in length. Another part of OPM’s plans would permit seasonal employees to stay on beyond the currently-enforced caps each year.

The changes would be effected by way of two new proposed regulations, loosening current restrictions. Additional changes would even permit certain non-permanent employees to obtain federal benefits currently not available to them, such as federal dental and vision insurance, according to the article.



Reader comments

Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Wake up and smell what the Capitalist cooking, they are using the strip mining process to relieve federal government Employees of their civil liberties and civil rights by Dismantling the federal Government laws and implementing the so-called right to work process and reliving the congressional Ideas of Public advocacy and due process, preventing anyone from questioning if the government is right or wrong. First depression and then slavery. OPM has made it so even the veterans won’t have a fighting chance to get a job, veterans preference has been put at the bottom of the list to be the last considered for a job in the federal government, they don’t evening have a fighting chance after being broken in pieces and coming back for war.

Fri, Jan 17, 2020 Jim Atlanta

Wow ! That would be good, if we can just get our SBA office to have some sort of fair rotational protocol instead of using all their favorites!

Fri, Jan 17, 2020 Jason

Along with this, they need to open up the options to buy back seasonal time past the 199x date. If you have seasonal time, it should be a automatic option to buy back the time for a calculated price.

Fri, Jan 17, 2020 Bob right behind you

Now I see why Trump wanted to close OPM...

Wed, Dec 4, 2019

If these employees are really worth their expertise, hire them on as a full time FTE and stop stinging them along for employment possibilities. What a short-sighted way of conducting the employment of individuals with specific skill sets.

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