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New Guidance from OPM on Increased Spending for the 3Rs

New guidance from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is granting exceptions on spending limits imposed on recruitment, relocation and retention (3Rs) incentives.

In June of 2011, OPM and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) placed a limit on agencies’ spending on the 3Rs – requesting that agencies ensure spending on the 3Rs during the calendar year did not exceed calendar year 2010 levels. Additional issuances extended this spending limit through the end of calendar year 2015.

Now, though, facing a talent gap – particularly in cybersecurity talent – OPM is revising their guidelines.

Agency chief human capital officers or human resources directors who can clearly document critical agency needs and justify each exception to their 3Rs spending limit will be allowed to exceed the previously capped 2010 levels.

“OPM and agencies, through their CHCO and/or HR director, have specific approval, oversight and accountability responsibilities in administering the 3Rs program,” the memo said. “This includes the requirement for agencies to establish a plan prescribing payment approval criteria and requirements, document thoroughly the basis for paying each incentive, and review all retention incentives and group recruitment incentives at least annually to determine whether they should be revised or discontinued.”

As it pertains to cyber security talent, federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott’s Cybersecurity Strategy Implementation Plan (CSIP) called for cyber recruitment and retention as one of the top five priorities. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has already moved on this effort and was approved by OPM in November to fill 1,000 new cybersecurity positions.

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