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Budget Leader Says Federal Agency Heads Will Have Direct-Hire Authority for IT Positions

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Margaret Weichert, deputy director of management for the Office of Management and Budget, said at the FedScoop IT Modernization Summit that agency leaders will have direct-hire authority for information technology talent soon, FedScoop reported Thuirsday.

Weichert noted the regulation, which will enable IT managers to approach agency heads for direct-hire authority when there is a shortage of critical IT staff, will be published as a final rule on the Federal Register during the next few days.

She is also serving as acting director of the Office of Personnel Management and said progress is being made on the OMB GEAR Center, which covers test-and-learn skill building activities.

“There will be a lot more coming in terms of changing this very antiquated set of policies we have around people,” Weichert  said.

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