Acquisition feds recalled from retirement

Thursday - 5/19/2011, 11:28am EDT

By Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

The Army hired the most retired federal workers to help with acquisition in 2010.

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy sent its annual report to Congress May 3, and posted online this week, detailing how many annuitants were brought back into government to work on procurement last year.

Overall, the Army hired 44 retired federal workers out of the 125 that helped out across government. In 2009, agencies brought back 140 annuitants and in 2008, 57 retired federal workers came back to help out with acquisition.

After the Army, the Air Force and other Defense Department agencies hired the second most with 18 each. The Agriculture Department hired the most annuitants of any civilian agency with 12 and the Homeland Security Department was second among civilian agencies with nine.

In 2006, Congress gave agencies the ability to hire annuitants to help fill immediate or hard to find acquisition workforce needs. In the General Services Administration Modernization Act (P.L. 109-313), lawmakers included a provision to let agencies hire an individual receiving an annuity from the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund without discontinuing such annuity to fill an acquisition-related position under certain circumstances. The authority to use this provision expires on Dec. 31, 2011.

Former OFPP administrator Paul Dennett issued a memo in September 2007 detailing the process by which to hire annuitants.

Bringing back annuitants has been part of the strategy to help alleviate shortfalls in the acquisition workforce.

"Our office worked closely with the Office of Personnel Management to provide information to agency human capital officers and acquisition hiring managers about recruiting and retention strategies, such as using the reemployed annuitant authority, in hiring critical acquisition personnel," wrote Dan Gordon, OFPP administrator, in a letter to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

OFPP and OPM recently co-hosted a seminar on hiring flexibilities and strategies. Additionally, OFPP issued a memo on February on how to attract acquisition workers.

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