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OPM Mulls Direct Hire Authority for STEM, Cyber Posts

The Office of Personnel Management is considering the issuance of direct hire authority in efforts to fill government positions related to science, technology, engineering, math and cybersecurity.

OPM said in a memo published Wednesday it will distribute a survey to chief human capital officers in the coming weeks as part of efforts to gather additional data on agencies’ recruitment process for STEM and cyber roles.

The office aims to determine if available information conform to statutory and regulatory criteria for issuing DHA.

OPM added it needs both quantitative and qualitative statistics in order to understand challenges that agencies face when hiring professionals that specialize in those fields.

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