Federal Agencies Need To Align Job Responsibilities with Licensure Standards

Thursday, May 11, 2017

NSPE sent a letter to the Office of Personnel Management urging the department to revise its individual occupational requirements for all “Professional Engineering Positions, 0800.” OPM’s use of the term “professional engineering” to define positions that are not professional engineering positions creates substantial confusion about job scope and responsibilities. NSPE, therefore, urges OPM to stop using the term “Professional Engineering Positions” and to retitle the classification as “Engineering Positions.”

In the letter, NSPE President Kodi Verhalen, P.E., Esq., F.NSPE, states, “NSPE advocates that federal employees who are in responsible charge of engineering activities should be required by federal agency policy to be licensed professional engineers in at least one jurisdiction. NSPE urges OPM to revise the engineering licensure standard to require compliance with state licensure laws.” Read the full letter here.