August 21, 2000

SUBJECT : Executive Order 13162, Federal Career Intern Program

On July 6, 2000, President Clinton signed subject Executive Order that authorizes a new Federal Career Intern Program. The program is to assist Federal agencies in recruiting and attracting exceptional men and women who have a variety of experiences, academic disciplines, and competencies to help agencies meet their critical needs.

Agencies will not be able to use the new program until the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issues appropriate implementing instructions. To accomplish this task efficiently, OPM formed a working group that is comprised of representatives from various agencies, including a representative from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). Ms. Kerrie Tucker of the Central Program Operations Division is working very closely with the OSD representative. I ask that you review the enclosed EO and provide concerns/comments that Ms. Tucker should take to OSD to ensure Army's interests are fully considered in the development of the instructions.

The new Federal Career Intern Program should be viewed as complementary, rather than replacing the current Department of the Army Intern Program. Once OPM has published implementing instructions, my staff will be in a better position to determine whether the Master Intern Training Plans need to be revised and what fiscal obligations Army may expect.

I will provide updates, as information becomes available. My point of contact is Ms. Tucker. She can be reached at (703) 325-0995, DSN 221-0995, or e-mail: Kerrie.Tucker@(email address expired).

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David L. Snyder
Deputy Assistant Secretary
(Civilian Personnel Policy)