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OPM highlights COVID-related jobs

To help federal agencies make critical hires as they respond to the coronavirus, the Office of Personnel Management has updated the USAJOBS website.  A new feature will allow agencies to elevate positions related to the federal government’s COVID-19 response on the site and track progress with COVID-19 hiring. 

Agencies can now “tag” COVID-19-related positions with a new mission-critical code, and job seekers can sort through all announcements to find COVID-19 opportunities in one place. 

Agencies will continue to post COVID-19 response positions over the coming weeks that are open to the public. Currently nearly 300 positions are open in fields beyond health care, ranging from auditors and construction inspectors to environmental engineers and supply technicians. 

OPM is also working with agencies on expanding its Open Opportunities program that makes short-term professional developmental assignments available to existing federal employees looking for a chance to share their knowledge and experience across the federal enterprise. 

The COVID-19 Response Program allows agencies to post details and temporary assignments so current federal employees, with applicable skills, have the opportunity to support pandemic response efforts for up to six months.  While a variety of opportunities exist, employees who have a health care background or are licensed health care providers currently serving in non-clinical positions are encouraged to apply through the Open Opportunities platform, OPM said.

Interested federal workers need not apply for a position similar to the one they currently hold, but they must submit written or email approval from their supervisor. “During this National Emergency, supervisors are encouraged to approve the rotational assignment, when feasible,” OPM said.

All COVID-19 guidance issued by OPM is available at opm.gov/coronavirus.

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