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To: Operating and Staff Division Heads
Subject: Health Refonp. Direct Hire Authority Guidance ·
Office ofthe Secretary
Assistant Secretary for Admlnlstratlo/l
Office of Human Resources
March 23, 2010, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved the Depllrtment's
,request for direct-hire authority (DHA) to support the Adm.inistration' s Health Care Rt?form .
initiative. The DHA extremely valuable human capital recruitment tool which allows the
agency to make offers to candidates outSIde of the traditiqnai hiring process. OPM approved the
use of-this autMrity through September 30, "2010 to meet our immediate critical hiring needs.
Effective immediately, Operating and Staff Divisions are approved to use the DIlA in filling
:positions; directly related to Health Reform operations. For auditing OPM has mandated
that all Health Reform hires be coded separately in the Departni'ent's personnel database. To
ensure full in the of the DHA: please Communicate to
managers the tmportance oflumt1tlg the ofthe authorIty to Health Reform pOSItions only;
,Please note the,Office of Human Resources will be tracking Departmental hires acr!Jss the
various series and grades to ensure we don't exceed the OPM approved allocations by position. As
we monitor the DHA hiring pr()Cess, we will alert OPM if additional allocations are required for a
partieuJar approved position. Since OHR is tracking all hires.at the Departnientallevel, OPDIVS
and AFFDIVS will not receive separate BHA. allocations by position, but may proceed/with
. hiring across.a11 DHA position categories as appropdate. . .
quickiy move forward to address human capital needs within your respective organizations,
please keep in mind· Secretary's two percent goal to the of persons with
. targeted disabilities in the workforce by December'31,.2010artd the shared commitment across the.
Dep.artment to biring veterans. Also, in keeping with diversity. goals, managers are encouraged to
expand efforts in term.s ofID.spailic hires.
Attached you yviU fmd a copy of the DHA approval from OPM and operational guidance on how
, DHA will be implemented: l \
If you have any questions regarding the memo, please contact me or Antonia Harris at (202) 690-
6191. Inquiries regarding open announcements should be directed to youf servicing human
resources office. .
Obtained via FOIA by Judicial Watch, Inc.