Federal Staffing and Placement

(5 day course)

Note: Suggested topics listed below. Course can be tailored to address specific GSA classification issues.

This course is available for On-Site Training only. We will bring this course to your agency or company.
Contact Don Dickson, On-Site Training Manager at (301) 455-5633 or Don.Dickson@GovernmentTrainingInc.com

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Recruit and hire the right people with the right skills for your jobs. Gain the background and knowledge necessary to operate in the complex Federal staffing environment. Become knowledgeable about staffing rules, regulations, and principles, appointment authorities, recruitment methods and hiring procedures, qualifications, merit promotion, and in-service placement actions.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply OPM policies and instructions
  • Identify competitive and non-competitive appointing authorities
  • Assess minimum qualifications using the operating manual Qualification Standards for GS Positions
  • Apply category rating procedures
  • Apply time-in-grade and time-after-competitive appointment restrictions
  • Apply merit promotion and other in-service procedures
  • Learn the role of the HR practitioner in assisting agency managers to recruit and retain top talent
  • Devise alternative solutions to recruiting challenges
  • Research and use all available resource and reference material, including legal and regulatory issuances


Day 1 of 5
  1. Introduction
  2. Course Overview
  3. Pre-Course Survey
  4. Historical Perspective
  5. The Spoils System
  6. Origins of the Merit System
  7. Researching Legal and Regulatory Requirements
  8. How Actions Become Regulations
  9. Components of the Federal Regulatory System
  10. The Federal Register System
  11. OPM's Notice and Posting
  12. Employment Policies and Practices
  13. Overview
  14. Merit System Principles
  15. Prohibited Personnel Practices
  16. Public Notice Requirements
  17. Competitive vs. Excepted Service
  18. Staffing authorities and procedures
Day 2 of 5
  1. Review of Day One
  2. Employment Policies and Practices -- Continued
  3. Delegated Examining System
  4. Order of Referral in Competitive Examining
  5. Compiling a Certificate of Eligibles
  6. Category Rating Procedures
  7. The Rule of Three (working a Certificate of Eligibles)
  8. The Career Conditional Employment System
  9. Service Requirement for Career Tenure
  10. Completion of Probationary Period
  11. Reinstatement Eligibility
  12. Employment of Individual Experts and Consultants
  13. Non-Permanent Employment
Day 3 of 5
  1. Review of Day Two
  2. Merit Promotion and In-Service Placement Actions
  3. Agency Promotion Programs
  4. Covered Personnel Actions
  5. Qualifications
  6. Qualifications Glossary
  7. The Qualification Standards System
  8. Crediting Experience
  9. Crediting Education
Day 4 of 5
  1. Review of Day Three
  2. Qualifications -- Continued
  3. Combining Education and Experience
  4. Eligibility Requirements
  5. Time-In-Grade Restriction
  6. Time-After-Competitive-Appointment Restriction
  7. Job Analysis
  8. Job Analysis Glossary
  9. Pertinent Laws and Regulations
  10. Regulatory Requirement
  11. Job Analysis Steps
  12. Developing KSAs
Day 5 of 5
  1. Review of Day Four
  2. Recruiting
  3. The Staffing Specialist's role in recruiting
  4. College Recruitment vs. College Relations
  5. Interviewing Techniques
  6. Automated Recruitment Systems
  7. Downsizing Approaches
  8. Alternatives to Reduction in Force
  9. Outplacement Assistance
  10. Career Transition Assistance Program
  11. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program
  12. Reduction in Force Principles
  13. Displacement in RIF: Bumping and Retreating
  14. Appeal rights in RIF