DC Metropolitian Police Accepting Applications

The Metropolitan Police Department is now accepting applications for Entry Level Police Officer,  Reserve Police Officer (volunteer position) and Civilian Volunteer.  Entry Level Police Officer applications ARE currently being accepted.

https://oap.mpdconline.com/public/instructions.aspx

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OPM Issues Proposed Regulations to Help Recruit and Train Students and Recent Graduates via OPM.gov

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing proposed regulations that will offer students and recent graduates more uniform and transparent pathways to public service. As directed by President Obama as part of the hiring reform initiative, the proposed Pathways Programs would improve recruiting and provide for training, mentoring, and career development opportunities. OPM’s proposed regulations limit these programs to serve as a supplement to competitive examining, apply veterans’ preference, and provide for OPM oversight.

“These regulations commit the federal government to two key goals,” said OPM Director John Berry. “First, they require pathways to federal service to be clear and accessible for students and recent graduates. Second, they press us to create a federal culture where agency leadership is actively engaged in recruiting, training, and managing top talent.”

In December, President Obama issued an Executive Order calling for these streamlined pathways into federal service for students and recent graduates. Since that time, OPM has worked to develop these proposed regulations, and to begin to build a government-wide culture which encourages agency leaders to engage these populations. The following summarizes the three Pathways Programs:

Internship Program. The Internship Program would replace the existing intern programs. It would be targeted towards students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions from high school to graduate level. It would provide students with opportunities to explore Federal careers while being paid for the work performed.

Recent Graduates Program. This brand new program would target recent graduates of trade and vocational schools, community colleges, universities, and other qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants would have to apply within two years of degree completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who would have six years after degree completion). Successful applicants would be placed in a two-year career development program.

Presidential Management Fellows Program. For more than three decades, the PMF Program has been the Federal government’s premier leadership development program for advance degree candidates. The Program focuses on developing a cadre of potential government leaders. Under the regulations proposed by OPM, The eligibility window for applicants would be expanded, making the program more “student friendly” by aligning it with academic calendars.

For more information, including a link to provide comments electronically, visit OPM’s website, www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/ OPM will respond to all comments when it drafts the final rule, which OPM anticipates being finalized in early 2012.

The proposed regulations may also be downloaded directly from the Federal Register in PDF format at: http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-19623_PI.pdf

America’s Best Colleges – Forbes.com

The best college in America isn’t in Cambridge or Princeton, West Point or Annapolis. It’s nestled in the Berkshire Mountains. Williams College, a 217-year-old private liberal arts school, tops our third annual ranking of America’s Best Colleges. Our list of more than 600 undergraduate institutions is based on the quality of the education they provide, the experiences of the students and how much they achieve.

via America’s Best Colleges – Forbes.com.

Forbes List of Best Colleges for Women & Minorities in STEM

As you may know, minorities lag behind in the STEM disciplines and are not prepared to take advantage of career opportunities within this field.  Forbes magazine has compiled a list of the best colleges for women and minorities interested in STEM careers.  Also, each year the  National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) issues an annual report on efforts to build and sustain a diverse pipeline in STEM fields.  For those responsible for recruiting and identifying future talent for organizations in the STEM fields, this is good information.

Obituary – Federal Career Intern Program

For several months, the Federal Career Intern Program (FCIP) has been on life support and struggling.  On December 27, 2010, the President authorized removing the program from life support via executive order.  The FCIP succumbed immediately after being severely weakened by wounds suffered in a Merit Systems Protection Board decision issued in November, which ruled the program violated veteran’s preference.  Prior to that decision, the FCIP was in bad health from spirited attacks from labor unions.  To the end, the FCIP fought against attacks that the program circumvented merit principles and strayed from its original intent.  For nearly ten years, the FCIP helped to introduce tens of thousands of employees to federal service.  There are too many beneficiaries to name here, but customs and border protection officers, criminal investigators, contract specialists, and budget analyst across the government have black tape across their computer screens.  We bid farewell to the FCIP, a dear friend, taken from us too soon.  In the accident with FCIP was the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP).  SCEP also did not survive its injuries.

However, both the FCIP and SCEP were pregnant with possibility at the time of their demise and I am happy to report that legislators were able to deliver the Internship Program and the Recent Graduates Program aka the Pathways Programs.  Both were delivered without complication but sources close to the delivery indicate that the Office of Personnel Management must issue implementing regulations to ensure they reach full maturity.

Rest in peace, your work is done!