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Recommendation: To help strengthen the government's ability to compete in the labor market for top talent, and to improve the federal hiring process, the Director of OPM, in conjunction with the CHCO Council, should use this information to determine whether opportunities exist to refine, consolidate, eliminate, or expand agency-specific authorities to other agencies and implement changes where OPM is authorized, including seeking presidential authorization (as necessary) in order to do so. In cases where legislation would be necessary to implement changes, OPM should work with the CHCO Council to develop legislative proposals.
Agency: Office of Personnel Management Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: As of March 2019, OPM had taken some action to identify opportunities to streamline hiring authorities and improve the hiring system. For example, in December 2017, OPM said it planned, as part of its strategic planning efforts, to start a project to review its hiring authority data and take an inventory of the authorities used by agencies. In addition, in its July 2018 study on excepted service hiring authorities, OPM identified possible opportunities to streamline authorities-some with either low or no use and others with similar purposes-and outlined planned actions it would take to promote a more effective and efficient hiring process government-wide. These plans include collaborating with agencies to review agency-unique authorities for additional streamlining opportunities. In December 2018, OPM said that it continues to research and examine these streamlining opportunities as part of the broader initiative to modernize federal hiring practices under the President's Management Agenda, but did not provide a time frame for implementation. In addition, in its Fiscal Year 2020 Congressional Justification, which was released in March 2019, OPM included legislative proposals for new hiring authorities, such as for highly qualified experts and temporary appointments, to help agencies meet critical needs as well as a change to the criteria for granting direct hire authority. OPM's actions and future plans are positive steps forward that could help streamline hiring authorities and improve the hiring process. GAO will continue to monitor OPM's progress in implementing its planned actions.