New OPM Program Addresses COVID-19 Workforce Needs; Michael Rigas Quoted

Michael Rigas
Michael Rigas

The Office of Personnel and Management has launched an effort to address the COVID-19 disease that has caused the U.S. government to declare a national emergency.

OPM said Friday its COVID-19 Surge Response Program aims to disseminate federal work opportunities in support of coronavirus response work.

The agency is using the Open Opportunities platform through which federal entities may post openings for rotational response work.

“The COVID-19 Surge Response Program will allow agencies to quickly realign their workforce so they can better accomplish their mission for the American people,” said Michael Rigas, OPM acting director.

Rigas recently released a guidance memo to help federal agencies screen new employees amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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