Major Changes to Federal Separation Pay and Hiring Tucked Into Senate Defense Bill

Government Executive: he Senate on Thursday advanced a measure that would dramatically alter the federal hiring process and permanently boost the maximum buyout agencies can offer their employees.

The hiring changes included in the Fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act stem from a bill a Senate panel cleared last year to enable the expedited hiring of applicants with college degrees. The provision would allow agency heads to circumvent normal hiring restrictions to bring on university students or those who have recently completed their studies. The agency leader could appoint a “qualified individual” to any competitive service, professional or administrative position at the level of GS-11 or below.

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