Director of U.S. Office of Personnel Management visits UTSA

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Katherine Archuleta, director of U.S Office of Personnel Management, (second from right) at panel discussion at UTSA Downtown Campus

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(March 10, 2014) -- Katherine Archuleta, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), made a stop at The University of Texas at San Antonio Main Campus last week to address nearly 30 students, faculty and staff as part of her cross-country university tour.

The conversation centered on the need for science, technology, energy and mathematics (STEM) students in the federal workforce. Participants were encouraged to ask questions about the various federal career opportunities available to them.

Archuleta addressed recent shifts in the hiring practices within the U.S. federal government and the importance of hiring STEM graduates as recruitment efforts become more targeted and specialized.

She spoke about the avenues graduates can use to apply for federal jobs and provided examples of the types of careers STEM students could expect to have within the federal government including local examples with the military.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is responsible for attracting and retaining an innovative, diverse and talented workforce. It serves more than two million workers across the country. Archuleta was appointed to lead OPM by President Barack Obama on May 23, 2013, and is the first Latina to hold this position.

Before joining OPM, Archuleta served as the national political director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and previously served as chief of staff to U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis.

For more information, visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website. For a listing of available jobs within the federal government, visit the USA Jobs website.