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Federal hiring changes bring hope, skepticism

By Ed O'Keefe

From Tuesday's Post:

People looking for work with the federal government often call Kathryn Troutman and her company, The Resume Place, for tips on writing the perfect federal job application. But business is down right now because, she suspects, potential federal job seekers are waiting until this week to take advantage of promised changes to the tedious federal job application process.
"We're very concerned and not very happy that our business is really down," Troutman said. "We're really shocked about it actually."
President Obama in May gave federal agencies until this week to radically overhaul the federal hiring process, mandating simply worded job descriptions and the end of the lengthy "KSAs," or essays that describe an applicant's knowledge, skills and abilities. Applicants for federal employment should be able to apply and be rejected or hired in about 80 days once changes are fully implemented.
Officials have backed off the president's deadline, however, cautioning that only some agencies are ready. The departments of Commerce, Defense and Veterans Affairs and NASA are in good shape, but others are working through reforms that could take years to complete, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | November 2, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Administration, From The Pages of The Post, Workplace Issues  
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Comments

With the job market so bad, most Federal branches have seen people apply that are the most qualified....in the history of these programs

It should make people much happier about those working with the feds

Posted by: Bious | November 2, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Will they be hired though? Or will illiterate useless bureaucrats continue to be promoted through the system?

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 3, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

They better hurry because the Repubs want smaller govt! Get in now or never!

Posted by: IGotLotsToSay | November 4, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

getjiggly1,

Hay wactch it, thet hurt ma feelins ('scuse meh, whilst I'se kick this great Leviathian government system that hasn't worked in years...what's th'et? Why, no wonder! It aint' been plugged into teh wall socket! Well don't thet just beat all!?)

Posted by: esquire1072 | November 4, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

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