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Agencies will soon be able to hang on to certain term and temporary employees for longer.
In a proposed rule scheduled for publication Monday, the Office of Personnel Management said it will allow agencies to make term or temporary appointments for up to 10 years in order to staff certain projects.
Agencies will be allowed to appoint personnel to longer term or temporary appointments for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations and for positions needed to launch, operate or close-out certain time-limited projects that are funded through specific appropriations or direction from Congress.
Current regulations cap temporary appointments at a maximum of four years, though agencies can ask OPM for permission to extend a term for longer.
“OPM recognizes, however, that the work performed by STEM positions, and positions needed in support of projects and organizations specifically funded by Congress, often lasts longer than four years,” the agency wrote in its draft regulations.
Research, data collection and trend analysis, for example, often take longer than four years, especially if external or environmental factors arise outside of the agency’s control.
Projects funded by a specific congressional appropriation also often require personnel for indefinite periods of time, OPM said.
Under OPM’ …
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