DFAS Direct Hiring Authority
Special hiring authorities are created to help agencies fill vacancies in the competitive service under certain circumstances, such as filling critical skills gaps or a severe shortage of candidates. The Office of Personnel Management can determine when there is either a severe shortage of candidates or critical hiring need for such positions. Congress can also provide DHA directly to departments and/or agencies for specified purposes. A DHA expedites hiring within Title 5 by eliminating competitive ranking and rating procedures and veterans’ preference. DFAS uses several DHAs as strategic tools in overall workforce and succession planning efforts.