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USAJobs.gov preps special ‘guidance’ as part of Trump’s ‘second chance hiring’ initiative

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

Attention-grabbing guests like Kim Kardashian West were the focus last week when President Trump announced his “second chance hiring” initiative for former prison inmates, but now government agencies are getting in on the action. The government’s official federal hiring platform, USAJobs.gov, is preparing for its role in an initiative that is otherwise focused primarily on encouraging private sector companies

Weichert says there’s still lots to do on the ‘people front’ of the PMA

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

It’s been about a year since the debut of the President’s Management Agenda, and much still remains to be done, says the White House’s Margaret Weichert, especially on the topic of workforce transformation. The PMA’s workforce pillar is “where we have the most work still to do,” Weichert said at FedTalks on Wednesday. “Many of our technology projects get stuck on

OPM offers guides for handling automation’s effect on federal workforce

by Dave Nyczepir

The Office of Personnel Management released a new set of tools Wednesday in its ongoing effort to reskill federal employees as technologies like robotic process automation and artificial intelligence begin to displace people from their current jobs. The emphasis of OPM’s latest effort is the blending of technological know-how with social skills. “Federal workers can be upskilled to high-value work that

OPM finalizes IT direct-hire authority without changes

by Billy Mitchell

The Trump administration has given its final ruling on direct-hire authority for mission-critical IT positions, and it looks exactly like the draft regulation it proposed last October. The Office of Personnel Management issued its final rule, to be published Wednesday morning in the Federal Register, adopting the proposal without changes. It gives agency heads the authority to

OPM wants agencies to start gameplanning the modern workforce

by Carten Cordell

The Office of Personnel Management directed federal agencies to start thinking about the future of work and what skills they would need for it. Acting OPM Director Margaret Weichert called on agencies in a memo Wednesday to detail the gains and challenges they have faced in implementing the workforce goals laid out in last year’s President

Senate bill wants agencies to bolster cybersecurity by sharing their talent

by Carten Cordell

Demand for cybersecurity talent has made federal agencies not only competitors with the private sector but also with each other. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., wants to ensure the federal market for cyber talent doesn’t create an environment of have-and-have-not agencies that could leave networks open to attack. So, he’s pushing legislation that would allow them to

Keep calm, workforce: There are still too many AI unknowns, experts say

by Carten Cordell

It’s inevitable that artificial intelligence will play a role in the future of work, but exactly what role it will play and how big its effects will be are still largely a mystery, officials said Friday on a panel about government response to the emerging technology. “There’s a lot of hype about we’re all not

MITRE fellowships offer feds new systems engineering skills

by Carten Cordell

The MITRE Corp. is preparing to welcome a second class of knowledge-hungry federal employees to a fellowship designed around next-generation systems engineering. The McLean, Virginia-based federally funded research and development center recently reopened the SE Fellowship program, a yearlong professional development curriculum designed to offer federal employees an education on how to design and manage complex technology systems.

OPM to delegate IT direct hire authority to agency heads

by Billy Mitchell

The Office of Personnel Management has proposed delegating direct hire authority for IT professionals to agency heads. OPM published a proposed regulation Monday in the Federal Register that would give CFO Act agencies the direct hire authority (DHA) rather than reserving that power for itself. The regulation cites the recent executive order “Enhancing the Effectiveness of

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