As Federal Eye columnist Joe Davidson pointed out for the Washington Post today, a year has passed since President Obama announced he would be “revamping” the federal hiring process. These were the reforms that were supposed to eliminate KSAs in favor of more traditional job applications and (at least in theory) shorten the hiring process to 80 days.
But several agencies failed to meet Obama’s initial six-month goal, with just the departments of Commerce, Defense and Veterans Affairs and NASA in good shape last fall, according to OPM. The administration hasn’t provided a progress report since, and though it initially said reforms would happen quickly, Berry later cautioned that full hiring reform would take years to complete.
We all know how much more painful hiring in the public sector than in the private sector used to be. Jumping through the bureaucratic hoops can dissuade potential employees from considering public service and put lots of extra pressure on current employees to “pick up the slack” while vacancies are waiting… and waiting… to be filled.
It’s important to find out whether Obama’s changes are having their intended effects. And the one-year milestone creates a perfect opportunity for GovLoop members to give a grade to their Commander-in-Chief. Hiring reform was supposed to speed up the hiring process, reducing headaches for applicants and getting talent to the table for agencies. It’s your turn to weigh in…
Has your agency noticed a speeding up of the hiring process? If so, how important has that been for your agency in terms of productivity and job satisfaction?
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