Eye Opener: Will new tool cut federal hiring time?
Happy Friday! The Federal Eye gets mail and hears from plenty of readers. One of the most commonly heard complaints is that the federal job application process is too long and confusing.
But a new set of government databases promises to help federal agencies cut three weeks from the hiring process, potentially making it faster and easier for people to get hired by the government.
The Office of Personnel Management -- essentially the federal government's human resources shop -- has launched "shared registers," or central databases designed to help federal agencies find applicants for the 14-most commonly hired positions, including financial management, information technology, human resources, office support and security.
Twelve of the databases were operational as of Wednesday, OPM said in a memo to agency heads. OPM Director John Berry urged agencies to make use of the databases right away.
"We’ll filter the 100,000-plus certified applicants for the location and grade you’re looking for, determine who meets minimum qualifications, apply veterans preference, and determine who is in the highest category based on their preference status and scores on the assessment," Berry said. "This process takes us only two to three business days."
Per GovExec's Alyssa Rosenberg, Berry last year budgeted for the development of the databases, arguing it made little sense for federal job applicants to file multiple applications for essentially the same job at multiple agencies.
Do you think it will work? How else could the government accelerate the hiring process?
Leave your thoughts in the comments section below
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| April 9, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories: Eye Opener, Workplace Issues | Tags: Business, Federal government, Federal government of the United States, Government, John Berry, Office of Personnel Management, United States, United States Office of Personnel Management
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