OPM sets rules for IT job swaps with industry

Agency IT managers soon can try industry work without losing their government jobs.

Under the IT Exchange Program, federal executives at GS-11 or higher grades can take a detail job for up to two years with an IT company.

The Office of Personnel Management earlier this month issued a proposed rule on the program.
A final rule allowing agencies to begin the program won't come before spring. OPM is accepting comments until March 15.

The rule said to be eligible federal employees must work in the field of IT management, be considered exceptional performers by their agencies and assume more responsibilities when they return to the government.

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