On July 21, 2023, OPM published proposed regulations to implement changes authorized by the NDAA to provide agencies with more flexibility in the selection of candidates under delegated examining procedures and excepted service appointments. In 2019, the NDAA eliminated the “Rule of Three” and tasked OPM to determine a more blended approach of leveraging a numerical system while offering more than three candidates to choose from.
With the huge spotlight on the federal workforce and continued competition against the private sector, OPM and other agencies are rapidly pushing hard on new hiring initiatives, including the launch of new job sites within USAJOBS, such as the Federal Tech Portal and agency-branded search pages. In order to support these pages, MonsterGov implemented custom MCO tagging capability into the MHME federal talent acquisition system (Release 4.15.2), which complements the existing MCO tag functionality. With this custom MCO tag capability, agency administrators can determine which portals are applicable to their agency and quickly make them available to their user community without needing configuration support from MonsterGov. Agencies now have the flexibility and control to participate in new and upcoming job promotion pages more quickly.
On March 31, 2023, OPM released updated guidance on gender identity and inclusion in the federal workplace. According to OPM, “The new guidance reflects several major changes in law and executive policy that have occurred since this guidance was first written in 2015 and updated in 2017, expands the guidance beyond workplace transition, and ensures the guidance language is inclusive of all gender identities.” And just last week, OPM hosted a webinar on DEIA to provide an overview of recent DEIA accomplishments and plans to continue advancing on these efforts in the future.
In February 2023, OPM, OMB, and DOL announced the launch of a portal on USAJOBS (intern.usajobs.gov) to offer a one-stop place to search and apply for internship opportunities across the federal government. This new Federal Internship Portal comes just after the January guidance by OPM and OMB in January to increase opportunities for internships and other emerging workforce programs, per the President’s Management Agenda.
MonsterGov agencies who designate the appropriate vacancies in MHME with the Internship Appointment type and/or the Student Hiring Path will automatically have their opportunities fed into the new portal. For any additional guidance, MHME agency users can refer to this guide on posting internships to the portal.
On December 23, 2022, the FedRAMP Authorization Act was signed into law by the President as part of the FY23 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). According to FedRAMP, “The Act codifies the FedRAMP program as the authoritative standardized approach to security assessment and authorization for cloud computing products and services that process unclassified federal information.”
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the E-Government Act (2002), Shared Services Leadership Coalition invited a series of prominent figures to reflect on their role of this historical legislation. SSLC Founder, John Marshall, interviewed Melissa Wojciak, currently VP of Government Relations for Monster, on her perspective as Staff Director for the U.S. House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight (2001-2006) and the progress that’s been made toward government advancement, innovation, and shared services.
Monster Government Solutions was informed on April 7, 2022 that our federal talent acquisition system, Monster Hiring Management Enterprise (MHME), has officially received FedRAMP agency authorization through GSA, the agency sponsor. This means that MonsterGov’s federal agency customers currently using MHME will be able to leverage the FedRAMP agency authorization to issue their own system authorizations for a standardized and streamlined approach to meeting federal security standards. Being able to offer a systematic approach to addressing security needs will help our customers build trust with their stakeholders and the MonsterGov team is thrilled to announce this latest offering.