Personnel Mobility Program: Improved Guidance Could Help Federal Agencies Address Skills Gaps and Maximize Other Benefits, Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Government Operations, Committee on Oversight and Reform, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Highlights: "Federal agencies need skilled personnel to address the complex social, economic, and security challenges facing the United States. The mobility program, established under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act of 1970, can help agencies address their mission critical skills gaps with temporary assignments. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review OPM's [Office of Personnel Management's] oversight over the personnel mobility program. This report examines, among other things, the frequency with which selected agencies used the mobility program from fiscal years 2016 - 2020; selected agencies' management of the program's costs; and OPM's tracking of agencies' use of the program. GAO selected four agencies for review. These agencies were selected as potential frequent users of the program based on a literature review and interviews with agency officials. For the selected agencies, GAO (1) reviewed a selection of 53 program agreements; (2) reviewed policies, procedures, and guidance documents; (3) analyzed mobility program data in OPM's database; and (4) interviewed officials."

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