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Lawmaker seeks to fix "outdated & old" federal hiring process once and for all

Lawmaker seeks to fix "outdated & old" federal hiring process once and for all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

“Unfortunately for the Federal Government,” he told Federal News Radio in an exclusive interview, “whatever is there, they continue to use it, until somebody comes along and revises it and changes it. I feel strongly as chairman of the Federal Workforce subcommittee, and with my dear friend Senator George Voinovich (R.-Ohio) that we are committed to change it, to improve it, to slim the process of hiring.”

Both Akaka and Voinovich, the ranking Republican on the Federal Workforce subcommittee, are long-time advocates on behalf of federal workers.

Speaking in his office in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Senator Akaka was asked to talk about Senate Bill S-736, the “Akaka-Voinovich Federal Hiring Process Improvement Act”.

The act will eliminate some of these requirements that end up taking time. Our bill will try to slim that back to about 80 days, or two and a half months. That will be a huge difference, but my hope is that we can reduce that more than 80 days.

Akaka explains that in testimony before his subcommittee over almost the last decade, officials have said that the government is at a disadvantage in competing for talent.

“We’ve heard that while they’re waiting in line for a federal job, they get an offer and get hired by the private sector. Senator Voinovich and I really want to make the Federal Government the ‘employer of choice’. Part of this is the hiring process.”

Chairman Akaka says the first hurdle for his bill has been met: it has been approved by the full Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and is awaiting a date for debate and a vote by the full Senate.

Akaka says he and Voinovich are hopeful that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) will schedule S.376 for consideration before the end of the session in December.


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    justmyself

    almost 5 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

    almost 5 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

    almost 5 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

    almost 5 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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