FAST23 - Acquiring Professional Services to Build a Future-Ready Workforce



Experts from GSA and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will discuss how to design your workforce, improve hiring practices, close skill gaps, and equip your agency with the tools they need for success.

Four panels of human capital experts, including governmentwide OPM experts, will engage in a lively discussion around the trends that are challenging the way agencies attract, equip, develop, and retain highly skilled professionals. Find out how to address these challenges using solutions that are available for your agency today.


Topics include how to:

Design your workforce:

  • Position your existing personnel for success with education and training
  • Develop an in-person, hybrid, or virtual work environment
  • Train management on successful methods for leading virtual teams

Improve hiring practices:

  • Write more effective language and keywords in job descriptions
  • Explore existing programs available like the Pathways Program
  • Shift toward demonstrable, skill-based hiring versus potential-based hiring

Close skill gaps:

  • Learn about federal positions on OPM’s high-risk list including acquisition, human resources, cybersecurity, and more
  • Consider rotational assignments to diversify skill sets and identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Develop a plan to address organizational deficiencies

Equip your workforce:

  • Acquire the best and latest tech to maximize the efficiency of your agency
  • Give your agency personnel the skills to succeed in a virtual environment


Last Reviewed: 2023-01-28