The Workforce Priority teams have continued to advance initiatives that strengthen and empower the federal workforce. This quarter, we are able to report significant updates in building a culture of workforce data across the Federal Government, enhancing onramp experience for early career talent, and expanding cross agency hiring. The Biden Administration exceeded its goal of hiring more than 5,800 targeted positions to support implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
Over the last two years, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has served as a strategic workforce partner for seven federal agencies and supported surge hiring for key positions, including engineers, scientists, project managers, Information Technology (IT) & Human Resource (HR) specialists, construction managers, and many more. OPM has deployed five interactive workforce dashboards to the 24 Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act agencies including the OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS), Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA), Attrition, Time-to-Hire, and Cyber Workforce dashboards. OPM has also launched five pooled hiring efforts to support multi-agency hiring for Human Resource Specialists, Data Analysts, IT Product Managers, IT Specialists (Data Management), and entry level IT Specialists. Looking ahead, OPM will continue to support multi-agency pooled hiring efforts for mission critical occupations, with the goal of launching eight in FY24.
OPM co-hosted the October National Tech to Gov Virtual Forum and Job Fair in coordination with its agency and private sector partners, with over 3,000 registered participants representing 49 states. At the event, there were 3,200 one-on-one agency conversations across the 1,400 people who attended. Two-thirds of attendees said that they were more interested in government after the event than before. Leading up to the event, OPM, Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) U.S. Digital Service (USDS), and Tech to Gov partners hosted a five-part training series for HR, hiring managers, and technical leaders to better recruit and hire technical talent from the private sector.
Additionally, the President issued Executive Order 14110 on Oct. 30, 2023, for the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that aims to seize the promise and manage the risks of AI, including providing the building blocks for the coming AI federal sector workforce.
Finally, on the policy front, OPM issued final regulations to prohibit federal agencies from requesting criminal history during hiring, linked below, thereby expanding opportunities for people who have been incarcerated. These regulations also establish a framework for a complaint process that job applicants may use if they believe agencies have inappropriately requested criminal history too early in the hiring process.