President Obama has said he wants to “make government cool again.” So, the federal government’s HR directors are studying a plan to boost the starting pay of college grads by $8,000 a year—to $41,210. The Office of Personnel Management proposal needs approval from the federal agencies.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) proposes to change the grade level for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree from GS-5 grade (or equivalent) level to GS-7 grade (or equivalent) level. This change eliminates the Superior Academic Achievement provision and impacts the qualification requirements for other grades in the 2-grade interval line of progression.
The GS 7 has been reserved for “outstanding scholars” with high grade-point averages. These changes are also intened to reduce the possibility that applicants may be unfairly screened out who otherwise would be able to perform the requirements of the position and increase and broaden the qualified applicant pool. This could mean more competitive opportunities within the Department of Energy and the EPA. To find out more, read the Memorandum for Human Resources Directors.
The DOE is currently hiring, and in particular seeks to fill numerous positions, ranging from entry level to Senior Executive Service, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, including: Engineers, Environmental Protection Specialist, Electricity and Transmission Specialists, Investment Officers, Procurement Analysts, and Contract and Project Specialists. Vacancies are located in Washington DC and at DOE facilities across the country.
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