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Lawmaker seeks to fix "outdated & old" federal hiring process once and for all

Lawmaker seeks to fix "outdated & old" federal hiring process once and for all

Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) seeks to improve the federal hiring process.

Max Cacas | FederalNewsRadio

For Jeffrey Zients, the chief performance officer at the Office of Management and Budget and long-time D.C. entrepreneur and businessman, his first job in the Federal Government offers an opportunity to cast this judgement on the process by which almost all civilian employees of the government are hired:

“In my experience, the best talent doesn’t loiter for five months,” he told the Enterprise Risk Management conference in Arlington on Wednesday. “It finds another home.”

Listen to this story at FederalNewsRadio.com

Zeints says the need, some would call it the desperate need, to fix the seriously broken federal government hiring process is the reason he is working closely with John Berry, the director of the Office of Personnel Management. It’s a subject that Berry addresses at almost every public speaking opportunity, as he did this past July at the Excellence in Government Conference.

Now is the time we must hire and recruit the best. Expect the best. Respect their successes and honor their service. To achieve this, we are going to fix hiring and recruitment so that it is fair, simple, fast, and based on merit.

That’s the 30,000 foot view of the goal set by Berry, Zients, and indeed, President Obama, who has said publicly that he seeks to make Federal Service “cool” again.

But permanent change may have to come from Capitol Hill, where a long-time advocate for federal workers has his own ideas about why the federal hiring process is broken.

The reason I would tell you is that they are still using structures of World War Two. Which means it is outdated and old.

Senator Daniel Akaka (D.-Hawaii), is chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia.


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    justmyself

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Yes, the hiring process is for friends. Every time a new position is about to be announce guess what it already has a name. Why is that? Where is the equal opportunity? I'm a Federal work and I have apply for many positions in my same section and been referred as best candidate and having the last 3 performance as model 5. and this is in the Federal Goverment

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    Blazindiva

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    YES, this hiring system is long overdue for a overhaul maybe it will cut out the inside buddy ,buddy hiring system. So that now the qualified VETERANS can at least stand a chance and possibly even get the job. I am a VETERAN and the bas I live near I have been unsuccessful in getting the job I specialized in the military to sveral others who where in the inside buddy system and where not preferenced but civilians. Now how does that make good sense.

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    screwedoverseas

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    You want to talk about outdated! Military wives are hired over the Veterans with actual job experience overseas. In Japan and other Pacific countries spouses with no experience get hired to do jobs that require experience before anybody else, and end up costing thousands annually to train them. Not to mention that nepotism is the biggest practice in the hiring process overseas. Also the Bases overseas waste millions a year in shipping people from the States to foreign countries instead of hiring personnel who are already in living in foreign countries. Not to mention the staffing agencies refuse to follow the laws and rules set by The Office of Personnel management, and just make up rules as they go along. Kadena Air Force Base is living proof of that in my current situation.

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    bmore_bestson

    over 4 years ago

    58 comments

    I am living proof that the government's hiring process is antiquated and outdated. The administration states that it wants the best employees that can be hired; however, these individuals are nowhere to be found. The talent pool reads like a who's who from retired military rolls. Some of these same individuals were incompetent while in the military, so what has changed that the government view this group as, "talented". The whole system should be trashed and a newer, more efficient hiring method developed; one that is less intent on hiring some good ol' boy, and more responsive to newer, fresher talent.

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    collinsjackie

    almost 5 years ago

    8 comments

    Thumbs up, it is broken. First cleanup must start in the Civilian Personnel Offices.

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