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People are policy.


FAS' Day One Talent Hub is our initiative to help federal agencies identify and access world-class technical talent to advance progress on priorities where science and technology can make a dramatic impact. 

Meeting the Moment

Now more than ever, scientific and technical expertise in government can make a world of difference for public servants and citizens alike. And while many experts are motivated by the idea of public service, they don’t know where or how to begin exploring a high-impact “tour of service.”


Federal agencies often lack deep reach into the expert communities best positioned to help on key priorities — and the muscle memory to harness key flexible hiring authorities to bring them in quickly.


The Talent Hub rapidly identifies, matches, and deploys technical talent into federal agencies to work on the most urgent policy priorities through key flexible authorities, like the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program.

For federal partners, this is a one-stop-shop to receive support and guidance to engage scientific and technical talent in agency priorities, including:

1) Identifying and Brokering Talent

Matching and onboarding scientific and technical talent to federal agencies for “tours of service” focused  on addressing urgent policy priorities. The Day One Project offers administrative support and an experienced team to help agencies in identifying and onboarding scientific and technical talent into offices where agencies need them the most.

2) Helping Build Capacity To Use Flexible Hiring Mechanisms

Meeting agency needs by providing support to leverage   flexible   hiring   mechanisms. Flexible   hiring   mechanisms   are dramatically   underutilized   by   federal   agencies,   as   many   lack   1)   the   time, resources and know-how to navigate their complicated requirements and use cases, and 2) the access to networks to identify the top talent for a relevant position.

Flexible Hiring Guidebook

Various flexible hiring mechanisms can help federal teams address their complex and dynamic needs while tackling ambitious policy agendas and programs, yet there is lack of ready information on how to best utilize them.  


With this resource guide, federal managers will gain practical information to better leverage available mechanisms to hire outstanding scientific and technical talent, including resources and templates to utilize the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program and Schedule A fellowship-hiring authority.

​To learn more about FAS' Day One Talent Hub, read our FAQ below or send your questions to

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is this funded?

We work with governments to assess what resources may already be at their disposal in order to onboard top S&T talent. In certain cases, we work with philanthropists interested in driving progress on key issue areas relevant to their expertise.

Why should agencies consider leveraging outside talent and how could this talent support political and career civil servants?

Flexible staffing models complement federal workforce capacity and help accelerate work on mission critical priorities. Federal agencies benefit in many ways from bringing in outside talent for short term "tours of duty" to drive progress on tailored projects. Hiring outside experts, especially at the mid-career and senior levels allows agencies to: -Bring in emerging skill sets or fill technical skills gaps -Tap into specialty skills -Leverage diverse and innovative perspectives and experiences -Identify talent for critical need projects and initiatives, especially when a surge is necessary to provide quick implementation -Provide a customer perspective - from private sector, state/local governments, and academia - on tackling challenges and implementing solutions -Develop public-private partnerships and seeds cross-sector collaboration among experts in the field -Build a professional and apolitical public service corps, pipeline and capacity dedicated to driving progress on agency missions

What are some examples of flexible hiring authorities available to federal agencies to onboard scientific and technical talent?

Some hiring pathways that agencies may consider when working to identify and onboard talent include Schedule A fellowships, and the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program. Federal fellowships are specifically intended to facilitate cross-fertilization between the agency and the private sector to foster mutual understanding, an exchange of ideas, or to bring experienced practitioners to the agency. The IPA Mobility Program is a pathways that gives world-class experts the opportunity to undertake a tour of service while “on loan” from their home university, nonprofit, or state/local government. While IPAs are frequently used by some agencies to onboard researchers through dedicated programs (e.g. NSF “rotators”), most agencies do not have established mechanisms to onboard such talent. Other hiring mechanisms available to agencies to build their technical capacity include the Experts & Consultants Authority and the Direct Hire Authority. The Talent Hub seeks to be a resource for agency partners to better understand the various hiring flexibilities afforded to them.

What kind of results can a fellow achieve during a time-bound tour of service?

Scientific and technical experts serving in government can drive great value and impact to their hosting agency or office. Some ways in which these experts can contribute to an agency team include but are not limited to: -Conducting specialized research or evaluations on new or existing programs and efforts; -Providing technical assistance or scientific expertise as agency teams tackle ambitious, innovative agendas; -Managing a new project or program that requires additional capacity and S&T insights; -Starting or conducting statutory obligations, programs, reports, or projects; -Fulfilling “consultant-like” needs on specific efforts (i.e. conducting a specific service, like survey design)

I work for a federal agency, how can I learn more about the Day One Talent Hub?

Please contact Faith Savaiano at with any questions regarding agency participation in the Day One Talent Hub.