OPM Develops New Senior Executive Application Process

The Office of Personnel Management is trying to develop a better way to select senior executive service members. In November, it completed a 5 1/2 month pilot program to test two new methods at eight federal agencies.

One system, the "accomplishment record," permits "candidates to submit a more streamlined application targeting the selected competencies" instead of the lengthy narratives that have become standard, Michael W. Hager, acting OPM director, said in a Jan. 12 memo to chief human capital officers.

Under another system, called "resume-based," applicants simply submit a standard resume. "This option was designed especially for seasoned executives, whose general qualifications could be discerned from just a resume identifying positions they had held," according to Hager.

OPM plans to develop improved versions of the pilots and will provide training to agencies during the next few months.

Hager's memo can be found here.

By Sara Goo  |  January 16, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  | Category:  Senior Executive Association
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You linked to the wrong letter. The one you talked about was lower down of the Transmittals page.

Posted by: LarryNM | January 21, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

This will not stop the same stale favoritism and nepotism that reeks throughout the federal government. Go back to qualifying applicant's based on their resume, not their relationships! Stop the so called corrupt resumix systems that mgmt secretly make up words or phrases that must be in your resume in order to hit the CERT! If mr or mrs management wants to hire thier cousin or best friend, they just tell them those words or phrases, and bam! They are on the CERT. Go back to the old rule of... if you interview one, you MUST interview all. That is seriously abused. And stop all agencies and activities from their fishing expeditions. Just on the Navy Resumix, thousands of CERTs that are started end up cancelled.

And Mr. Davidison, please start investigating the lower agency personnel operations, not just opm. See how corrupt the Navy Personnel system operates. And report that!

Posted by: darmar40 | January 22, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

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