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The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently informed NBCC that it has indefinitely postponed the creation of a federal occupational series for professional counselors. NBCC responded immediately and sought congressional assistance.
An occupational series is a government classification that establishes the minimum qualifications for federal employees and authorizes agency-wide employment. A series is necessary to ensure the federal government employs counselors in positions that reflect their education, training and scope of practice.
On June 9, 2014, Sen. Jon Tester, D-MT, a longtime ally of the counseling profession, submitted a
to the director of OPM, urging the creation of an occupational series for mental health counselors.
Sen. Tester is the chair of the Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce, of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over OPM.
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