Spotlight for Career Services ProfessionalsMay 23, 2012by Tom Phillips
On May 11, 2012, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released the final regulations governing the Pathways Programs.
The regulations are the result of an executive order issued by President Barack Obama in December 2010 to design programs that streamline the federal government hiring process and increase the number of students and recent graduates hired by the federal government.
(Editor’s note: NACE provided input to the regulations. Marilyn Mackes, executive director, provided testimony at public hearings, which was incorporated into the public record, and, with 2010-11 NACE President Tom Devlin, provided written recommendations regarding the program to OPM Director John Berry.)
In his executive order, the president cited the enthusiasm, talents, and unique perspectives of those groups, along with the disadvantages students face in the normal competitive federal hiring process and the imperative to build a work force representative of society as reasons for the creation of the Pathways Programs.
Agencies are expected to implement the regulations by July 10, 2012.
What can career services professionals expect from the implementation of these programs? Since students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and programs will be able to benefit from these programs, career services professionals will find a relevant Pathways Program, whether they are working with high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, or alumni.
The Pathways Programs will consist of three different programs—the Internship Program, the Recent Graduates Program, and the Presidential Management Fellows Program.
Following are details about the programs and “need-to-know” information about each for career services professionals:
What you need to know about the Internship Program:
What you need to know about the Recent Graduates Program:
The PMF program is the federal government’s premier leadership program, preparing students who have an advanced degree for positions with the Senior Executive Service. PMF is a two-year program in which fellows are eligible to be converted, noncompetitively, to permanent positions after successful completion of the program. The regulations eliminated the school nomination process and allow for students within two years of graduation from an advanced degree program the opportunity to apply.
What you need to know about the PMF Program:
Please note that there are many details about these three programs that are not covered above. To stay current on federal government hiring reform and provide students and recent alumni with the most up-to-date information on hiring programs, see the following references:
Tom Phillips is the associate director of graduate career services at the University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He can be reached at Phillips.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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