Federal HR Flexibilities

  • 12 topics | 1h 15m
  • Up to 30 languages
  • Transcripts
Federal agencies have a wide range of human resource (HR) capabilities that can be used to help manage workforce challenges. The US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is a federal government agency that helps other government agencies recruit and retain federal employees, provide with training and personal development programs, and overcome staffing challenges. The OPM also designs and implements key human resource-related polices across all government departments. This course provides an overview of the many personnel options and services available to applicants, existing employees, and managers in the federal government. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.


  • identify flexibilities federal agencies can use to attract and retain quality employees
  • recognize examples of flexible work/life arrangements and policies
  • recognize the four management considerations when determining the best downsizing or restructuring approach
  • identify flexibilities as it pertains to attracting and retaining talent, providing work/life arrangements, and management considerations when restructuring
  • identify employee benefit offerings that are available to agencies
  • recognize the benefits to employees when agencies adopt flexible recruitment, relocation, and retention policies
  • identify the discretionary compensation flexibilities agencies can use to support recruitment, relocation, and retention efforts
  • identify employee benefits and compensation flexibilities
  • identify the flexibilities available to managers when organizing and assigning work
  • recognize the benefits of flexible incentive awards programs to agencies
  • identify incentive and award flexibilities that can be used to improve organizational performance
  • identify training and education flexibilities and authorities available to federal agencies
  • identify work organization flexibilities and performance appraisal and development


  • Staffing Your Organization
  • Flexible Work Arrangements and Work/Life Policies
  • Workforce Restructuring
  • Knowledge Check: Federal HR Flexibilities
  • Employee Benefits
  • Compensation Flexibilities
  • Knowledge Check: Benefits and Compensation
  • Work Organization and Assignment Flexibilities
  • Performance Planning: Appraisal
  • Performance Planning: Incentives
  • Performance Development and Training Flexibilities
  • Knowledge Check: Organization and Performance