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POLICY GUIDANCE MEMORANDUM #34B Direct Hire Authority for Contract Specialist positions

Policy Guidance Memorandum #34B serves as an amendment to Policy Guidance Memorandum #34A regarding the use of the Direct Hire Authority for Contract Specialist positions.   As stated in the original memorandum, the Department identified a shortage category for positions titled as Contract Specialist only.   However, to be more consistent with the actual government-wide DHA, we have determined that it would be appropriate to use the DHA for any occupation (position) titled in the 1102 series (e.g., Procurement Analyst, Contract Price/Cost Analyst, etc.).   Therefore, the attached revision allows for the DHA to be used for all occupations covered under the 1102 series.