In her first full week as the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, Margaret Weichert is already ushering in changes for the way federal agencies hire and classify certain personnel.

As an initial component of a long-term plan to reform the civil service, the OPM announced Oct. 11 that it would be rolling out two new direct hiring authorities and an alternative pay and classification system for the most sorely needed jobs at federal agencies.

“These are all critical components of focusing on mission, focusing on where we’re having a difficult time getting the right — particularly highly specialized, highly educated — individuals into government to pursue the mission of the 21st century,” said Weichert at a press roundtable.