----------------------------------------------------------------------- SUMMARY: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing final regulations implementing the Pathways Programs established by E. The Pathways Programs consist of the Internship Program, the Recent Graduates Program and the Presidential Management Fellows Program.
To implement this Executive Order, OPM issued proposed regulations for parts 213, 302, 315, 330, 334, 362, 531, 536, 537, 550, 575, and 890 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (5 CFR) on August 5, 2011. Executive Order 13562 preserves the PMF Program while making it more flexible by, for example, expanding the eligibility window for applicants to include those who have received a qualifying graduate degree within the preceding 2 years.
As explained in the proposed regulations, the President is authorized by statute to provide for ``necessary exceptions of positions from the competitive service'' whenever warranted by ``conditions of good administration.'' (5 U. The appointing authorities for each Pathways Program are contained in Schedule D of the excepted service, a new schedule created by section 7 of Executive Order 13562.
Under the new Schedule D authority, agencies will be able, under OPM's guidance, direction, and oversight, to use excepted service hiring to fill positions from among a particular class of eligible individuals--students and recent graduates.
This approach is consistent with long-standing civil service practice under excepted service hiring authorities, including, for example, Schedule A hiring for people with disabilities.
A third union also indicated that it had concerns with the Programs.
Even these union commenters, however, supported some aspects of the programs.
They also require an investment from agencies in the training, mentoring, and career development of the individuals who are brought into these Programs.
OPM will play a critical oversight role to ensure that agencies comply with the President's direction to use these Programs as a supplement to, rather than a substitute for, the competitive hiring process.
Summary of Comments OPM received 238 written submissions with comments on the proposed Pathways Programs.
A member of Congress, 24 Federal agencies, 8 labor unions representing Federal employees, 74 individual Federal employees, 20 colleges and universities, 11 professional organizations and student unions, 56 current students and recent graduates and 44 other members of the public submitted comments.
Some students and recent graduates submitted resumes for employment consideration under the Pathways Programs.