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Understanding the New Pathways Program

govloop PRESENTS: Understanding THE NEW Pathways Program The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is proposing regulations to implement the Pathways Programs established by E.O. 13562, signed December 27, 2010, to provide clear paths to Federal internships and potential careers in Government for students and recent graduates. As directed by the President, the Pathways Programs consist of: Internship Presidential Recent Grad Program Management Program Fellows Prospects: Students (high school, vocational / technical, undergraduate, and graduate level). Prospects: Advanced Degree Candidates (graduated within past 2 years). Prospects: Graduates (must apply within 2 years of educational program completion - exceptions for veterans who have up to 6 years). Previous: Previous: This one is brand new. Previous: Consolidate provisions of the Stu- dent Educational Employment Program (SEEP) into a new student internship program. For more than three decades the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program has been the Federal Government's premier leadership development program. Program: Expose students to the work of Government through Federal intern- ship and attract the interest of students enrolled in a wide variety Program: Work in a 2-year developmental program. Expanded the eligibility window, made it more "student friendly" and aligned it with aca- demic calendars. Program: Place qualified grads in a 2-year career development program. of educational institutions. Partici- pants get paid to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still going to school. Promotion: Agencies may convert Pathways participants who successfully complete their program and academic requirements to any competitive service position for which the individual is qualified (but they aren't required to do so). Even if an agency does not convert an individual, it increases the likelihood that the person will consider applying for a Federal position at some point in the future. '5 Core Pathways Principles 3 4 Transparency limited Scope OPM Fairness to Keterans Agency Investment Oversight Provides agencies a supplemental authority to use as part of an overall workforce planning strategy with oversight from OPM that could include caps Gets beyond excepted service hiring, encour- Honors veterans' Heps prospects discover internships through USAJOBS.gov. Requires agencies to preference when selecting from among qualified applicants, and creates more flexibility for veterans than non-veterans. enter into a memoran- dum of understanding (MOU) with OPM before using any of the Pathways Programs as well as annual reporting on ages agencies to create cohorts with common training and developmental experi- ences, and requires meaningful participant assessments on competitive service conversion. usage. Pathways: A Brief History Aug 2009 Convened an interagency team consisting of Federal employees from six organizations - State, Education, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), OPM, and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Oct 2009 Hosted a "Roundtable Discussion on Federal Recruitment and Hiring at Colleges and Uriversities (hereafter "OPM Roundtable") to explore barriers to hiring students and recent graduates Worked for 90 days to examine the current Federal recruiting and hiring process of students & recent grads. Included representatives from nine different academic and good government organi- zations Jun 2010 Convened a public hearing to consider issues connected to hiring students and recent graduates and issued a Federal Register notice inviting the pubic to submit comments on three issues: whether normal, competitive hiring is an effective avenue for bringing recent college graduates into the Federal workforce and, if so, why; if not, whether this presents a problem for the Federal Government that is sufficiently significant to warant action or changes to policy; and if action or changes in policy are warranted, what changes should be effected and who Additional Assessments should effect them Gathered and reviewed relevant literature on topics such as entry-level hiring, recruiting and hiring students and recent graduates, and the Federal Career Intern Program (FCIP). Heard testimony from three panels of experts: agency Chief Human Capital Officers representatives from Federal employee unions and veterans' service orgarizations representatives from good gov't and academic groups. Received information from OPM's qualifications and assessment experts regarding the process for overhauling the currently predominant training- and experience-based approach to qualifi- Posted the hearing transcript and issued a Federal Register notice inviting the public to make any additional comments. cations and assessments. Posted materials that OPM considered as part of its review and available for comment at www.opm.gov/open. Conclusions There's a "strong match" which government offers and students want, but students are't considering government as a viable option and/or lack the experience to compete for available positions. Government needs to recruit and appoint There are barriers to hiring students and recent graduates that can only be addressed through effective excepted service internship programs. Internship programs are essential to addressing these issues by exposing students and recent gradu- ates to jobs in the Federal civil service at the beginning of their more expeditiously, negating a significant disadvantage in competing with the private sector for high-potential candi- dates emerging from educational institutions. Current and former interns will become careers. Give agencies a low-risk means to assess potential employees on the job." through an extended "on-the- job tryout," which is a relatively high indicator of future success on the job. our best recruiting sources, whicih translatesinto a benefit to the country and the taxpayers. STATE GSA HHS Submit Your Comments by October 4, 2011! Web: http://l.usa.gov/pathwaysregs Email: employ@opm.gov Subject Line: "RIN 3206-AM34, Excepted Service, Career and Career-Conditional Employ ment; and Pathways Programs" Fax: (202) 606-4430 Mail: Angela Bailey, Associate Director for Employee Services, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Room 6566, 1900 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20415-9700. For More Information Gale Perryman, 202-606-1143, Fax: 202-606-4430 by TTY: 202-418-25 32, or email: galeperry man@opm.gov. Sources: Official Pathways Page: http://www.opm.gov/hiringreform/pathways/ Pathways Regulations Page: http://www.gpo.gov/fdays/pkg/FR.201.08.0/pdf/201-19623.pdf govloƶp www.govloop.com

Understanding the New Pathways Program

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Last week, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released the proposed regulations for the Pathways Program, a hiring reform initiative designed to "offer students and recent graduates more un...

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