In May 2010, President Obama unveiled a plan aimed at expediting the federal hiring process, while at the same time diversifying the federal workforce. While it used to be common for hiring within an agency to take more than 140 days, the plan sought to cut itto around 80 days.
The reform also did away with “KSAs”, or long personal essays, in favor of shorter applications and resume submissions similar to that of the private sector. This, in turn, was an effort to compete for higher-profile applicants.
However, many agencies failed to meet Obama’s initial six-month goal for implementation of the plan. A year after the reforms were implemented, some federal workers complained of losing jobs that they believed were secure. In fact, at that time, the only agencies the Office of Personnel Management reported hiring reform success in were the departments of Commerce, Defence, Veterans Affairs and NASA.
Have you seen any improvement in fulfilling the goals of the hiring reform? What impact has the plan had on the government workforce? Tell the Federal Eye and Govloop for this week’s Federal Buzz question of the week.