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For decades, the government's HR systems have been one of the biggest scapegoats for agency performance problems. There have been scores of criticisms. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry now gets his turn to try to reform many long-standing federal HR challenges. In our series, HReinvented, Federal News Radio asks experts what would it take to build a better personnel system? We find where innovation already exists in government and ask, could these examples be a model for the rest of the agencies?
OPM Director John Berry promises big changes for hiring, retention, retirement
Thursday - 4/15/2010, 7:42pm EDT
"After failing three times to modernize the federal retirement system with the big bang approach, the Office of Personnel Management is taking a new tack that focuses on incremental changes.
"OPM Director John Berry says it starts with hiring a proven leader to take on the project.
"Berry adds that the vacancy announcement closed in the past few weeks and a decision should be made in the next few months.
"In the meantime, OPM is focusing on some short term wins. First off, OPM is automating the records of employees who will retire in the next decade and all the data coming from the four governmentwide payroll providers - the departments of Interior and Agriculture, the General Services Administration and the Defense Finance Accounting Service.
In a speech to IRMCO, Director Berry told the high-level Federal leaders that 900 Presidential intern candidates are screened and ready for hire for agencies across government. And he promises that if those get hired, he'll double the number next year. If those 1800 get hired next year, he'll double the number again in 2012.
To hear Director Berry's whole speech, click the audio link.