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USDA Hiring Reform, Hiring Excellence

Merit Promotion & Internal Placement Policy

Delegated Examining Policy

Priority Consideration - CTAP, RPL & ICTAP

Volunteer Service

Additional Employment Information:

Veterans Employment and Persons with Disabilities Initiatives

In addition to the above reforms to the hiring process, President Obama issued executive orders launching the Veterans Employment Initiative and the initiative to employ people with disabilities .

Pathways Program

In July 2012, the next step in the federal hiring reform process will be students and recent graduates. Executive Order 13562, entitled "Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates," establishes the Pathways Program, consisting of three excepted-service programs tailored to recruit, hire, develop, and retain students and recent graduates. The final rule includes the following three programs: the Internship Program, the Recent Graduates Program, and a reinvigorated Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program.

Internship Program

The Internship Program is for current students. It would replace the existing Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). This Internship Program is targeted towards students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. To find out more about the Internship Program, go to the OPM Program Summaries webpage.

Recent Graduate Program

This new program will target individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree or certificate completion). For more information about Federal employment information for veterans, go to OPM's Feds Hire Vets website. Successful applicants would be placed in a dynamic, two-year career development program. To find out more about the Recent Graduates Program, go to the OPM Program Summaries webpage.

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

The PMF Program has been the Federal Government's premier leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. Executive Order 13562 expands the eligibility window for applicants, making it more "student friendly" by aligning it with academic calendars and allowing those who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding 2 years to participate. It also directs OPM to set eligibility requirements and minimum qualification standards, and to make changes in order to make the PMF experience more robust and substantive for participants. To find out more about the changes to the PMF Program, go to the OPM Program Summaries webpage.