After fumbling around with the tool for a while. I was able to get it to do something.
I had to go to the captain's ready room. That is where I was able to get a mission title "Federation Junior Officer Cadre". It takes 1 Day to complete after you start it. I can monitor the task in the Duty Officer tool while using the "In Progress" tab located on the left.
I hope this will recruit a junior officer to my ship. It appears these officers are separate from the ones we buy at the Space Dock. I bought a couple of officers from ESD, but they did not do anything with the tool.
I will have to report back tomorrow and see what happens once the recruit is aboard my ship.