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Katherine Archuleta: OPM Uses Data-Based Approach for STEM Talent Sourcing

Katherine Archuleta
Katherine Archuleta

The Office of Personnel Management is using data to guide agency campaigns that seek to attract more science, technology, engineering and math professionals into federal service, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said Thursday.

Archuleta wrote that OPM also collaborates with other federal agencies and private companies to explore new data-based methods for analyzing trends in the STEM job market.

OPM demonstrated how data could provide tools and resources for hiring managers to expand the federal STEM workforce during a Datapalooza event held Wednesday at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington.

A team led by OPM data guru Ray Parr developed a heat map that works to display where federal STEM candidates are coming from, as well as a dashboard to help HR personnel gain insight into a job applicant’s work experience and interests.

Gary Lukowski, manager of OPM’s data analysis group, added charts and graphs to the Fedscope workforce database in order to illustrate STEM employment statistics across the government.

Archuleta says the agency and its federal partners recommend that agencies adopt flexible compensation strategy to engage talented people.

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