OPM Director John Berry said agencies will test the revised, more detailed registers over the next five months. (ROB CURTIS / STAFF)
The Office of Personnel Management is going to try to improve its centralized hiring registers by making it easier for agencies to search for specific skills, Director John Berry says.
Under the register program, OPM advertises for 13 of the most common federal jobs — such as accountants, secretaries and contracting specialists — evaluates applicants, and ranks the best candidates for agencies to choose from. But agencies have so far resisted using the registers.
Berry said that in an Aug. 17 meeting with the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, officials said the positions offered under the registers are too broad and don't allow them to target the skills they need.
For example, Berry said that the IRS needs information technology specialists with experience writing Java code, but the current registers don't identify candidates with those skills.
"The general consensus was that we need to find a way to make them more specific to [agencies'] needs," Berry said. "Maybe we need to refine our approach and be more targeted."
Berry said agencies will test the revised, more detailed registers over the next five months.
"I don't want this to be a dusty hammer in the bottom of the toolbox," Berry said.