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OPM lays out IT recruiting plan

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The Office of Personnel Management highlighted its plans to leverage human relations IT for recruiting and managing the federal workforce in its Strategic Information Technology Plan released March 11.

These efforts include assessing performance through a new automated system set to launch this year, updating background-investigation systems and using data analytics to create a more precise picture of the federal workforce.

The plan is aimed at “enabling successful practices and initiatives, and enterprise and business initiatives that define OPM’s IT modernization efforts,” wrote OPM Director Katherine Archuleta.

USA Performance, slated to launch this summer, is intended to allow agencies to better monitor employee output.

“USA Performance enables agencies to automate their performance appraisal process throughout the entire performance rating cycle,” according to OPM’s website. “Agencies can develop performance plans, track and monitor employees’ performance, provide feedback and ratings, and electronically sign performance plans as agency appraisal programs require.”

OPM’s background investigation systems, collectively known as EPIC, will undergo a multi-stage transformation in 2014.

“The growing security threat and critical need for quick, valid and detailed vetting of individuals for national security and Federal employment demands a responsive and agile process for background investigations,” the plan said. “We are continuously enhancing our automated suite of background investigation systems.”

OPM said is considering new capabilities for USALearning, formerly known as GoLearn, to provide better education opportunities for the federal workforce. The fiscal 2015 administration budget proposal released last week put a premium on Senior Executive Service training.

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