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 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.

Wed, Dec 4, 2019

This is great if it will apply to the temporary students we hire for lab/field work (L/A's). Currently, they are limited to 180 days worked in a 12-month period, which really restricts having staff on hand for multi-seasonal lab and field research.

Wed, Dec 4, 2019

Definitely a step for contractors, and against traditional federal government employee workforce.

Tue, Dec 3, 2019 peter

I think it's too bad it's happening at all. I don't think it's aim is to help feds. I think it's to make it easier to get around feds and fed unions with more corporate type contractors.

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