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Quicker Federal Hiring System On Track For November Start

Quicker Federal Hiring System On Track For November Start

Quicker federal hiring system on track to start in November.

Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post via YellowBrix

September 15, 2010

Federal agencies are on course to start hiring new job applicants with a quicker, résumé-based system in November, government hiring managers said Tuesday.

President Obama in May ordered federal agencies to hit the gas on hiring, giving officials until November to cut the federal job-application process to an average of 80 days by switching from a reliance on lengthy essays to shorter application forms and résumés. The effort is part of Obama’s campaign pledge to make the government an attractive employer to a wider pool of job seekers.

Most, if not all, agencies will be ready by November, but changes to overhaul the hiring system will continue for several years, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said.

“November isn’t the end date of hiring reform,” Berry said. “That is the date that we’ll be moving to a résumé-based world.”

Hiring managers must keep focused on the issue in the coming years, because “Even when we do achieve and reach the goal of 80 days and good quality applicants, if [we] take our eye off that ball, we’ll be missing it,” he said.

Berry made the comments Tuesday at a meeting of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, a group representing most federal human resources officials.

Kathy Ott, acting deputy undersecretary for civilian personnel policy at the Defense Department, said the Pentagon’s hiring reform plans “go out several years.”

The department, the government’s largest civilian employer, hired 163,000 new civilian workers this fiscal year, a process that averaged 119 days for new hires and 42 days to fill openings from within the department, she said.

The Department of Veterans Affairs, the government’s second largest employer, is training more than 3,800 human resources officials about the new hiring policy, said Annie Spiczak, VA associate deputy assistant secretary for human resources.

The training should help agencies meet the tight 80-day turnaround and still hire qualified candidates, Berry said.

“I don’t want people just making knee-jerk selections to artificially meet an 80-day deadline,” he said. “The goal is to be able to improve our process so we can do a better job.”

Berry also said he hopes the administration later this fall announces proposed changes to the Federal Career Internship Program, a two-year stint for college students who often get hired full time. Federal unions pan the program as a backdoor way to selectively hire applicants.


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    about 4 years ago

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    This is just another BS article, I have 21 yrs AD AF and an Masters Degree in IT and Yet I am still waiting after 6 months for four positions that i have been told I was qualified for. I am also a 20% disabled VET. So what is your bs story now. What have no more excuses?

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    luism_ramos

    about 4 years ago

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    I agree with those who have applied to positions and got a response that you dont qualify, when you know your qualified. I'am a Iraq war vet and I have applied to many government agencies and nothing. Are these agencies only hiring people they know? I have come o notice that they have people areadyy picked out before they even open the position to the public. I think thats unfair for anyone, veteran or not. Somebody's got to tell the President.

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    gbsmith

    about 4 years ago

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    I agree with kdmathis, I am a Vietnam era Army Vet, have a B.S. degree and plenty of professional Business
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    about 4 years ago

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    I totally agree. I have a master degree from a great university. I have applied for several entry level positions just to get in the door, and not a freaking response. These position pay 35 to 50k a year. Are you kidding me?

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    nancy0288

    about 4 years ago

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    What’s more discouraging is to apply countless times and not hear from anyone or even an automated response. I currently work in Iraq and I feel I am stuck in this quagmire because there are no good paying jobs in the States even for a Vet. I am prepared to leave my well established home if I were offered a Government position just so I can be at home with my family. That’s desperation…

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    miocid31

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    about time. Its discouraging applying for a federal job, only to hear back 4 months later that you don't qualify.

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