OPM recently made some announcements federal staffing and classification specialists should be mindful of:
Recent Changes to the Noncompetitive Hiring Authority of Military Spouses
In a transmittal via OPM’s CHCO site, Acting OPM Director Margaret Weichert reminds agencies of two recent provisions impacting the non-competitive hiring authority of military spouses: Executive Order (EO) 13832 titled, “Enhancing Noncompetitive Civil Service Appointments of Military Spouses” signed by the President on May 9, 2018; and Public Law 115-232, The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA FY19), section 573, signed by the President on August 13, 2018.
The EO and the NDAA essentially broaden the non-competitive hiring authority; allowing agencies to hire a larger swath of military spouses. Note: the provisions of the NDAA FY19 are only in effect for five years. Of import are the EO reporting requirements such as:
• The number of positions made available under the military spouse hiring authority during the preceding FY;
• The number of applications submitted under the military spouse hiring authority during the preceding FY;
• The number of military spouses appointed under the military spouse hiring authority during the preceding FY; and
• Actions taken by the agency during that period to advertise and promote the hiring of military spouses.
These reporting requirements are applicable to FY 2019 (which started last September). For more information on the impacts of the EO and 2019 NDAA you can see the OPM transmittal here: https://www.chcoc.gov/content/recent-changes-noncompetitive-hiring-authority-military-spouses
Draft Job Family Standard for Professional and Administrative Work in the Accounting, Auditing, and Budget Group, 0500
OPM also announced the release of its draft Job Family Standard (JFS) for Professional and Administrative Work in the Accounting, Auditing, and Budget Group, 0500 study.
Via their study, OPM is proposing to update occupational information, the series covered, and position titles to reflect current terminology and work performed in each series; for the occupational series covered in the 0500 JFS. You can access a PDF of the study via the transmittal announcement.
OPM is seeking input from federal sector HR practitioners, program managers, and JFS SME’s. To submit your comments, you’ll need to complete the JFS memo (attached to the transmittal) and submit it to OPM by March 29, 2019.
You can see the OPM transmittal, as well as pdf’s of the draft study and memo attachment, here: https://www.chcoc.gov/content/draft-job-family-standard-professional-and-administrative-work-accounting-auditing-and