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Feds see success in streamlining complicated hiring process

The federal government's hiring process has long been plagued with a poor reputation. However, since President Barack Obama issued an executive memo in 2010, the Office of Personnel Management has taken great strides to streamline the hiring process as well as to incorporate other reforms to make it easier to hire recent college graduates, people with disabilities and veterans. Federal News Radio spoke about this with Linda Bilmes, a senior lecturer at the Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 04:00am EDT
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Administration recognizes quality of work depends on quality of workforce

The goal was to achieve an efficient, effective and accountable government. A key strategy was to change the way the federal employee approached the job. In part three of Federal News Radio's week-long, multimedia special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years, we examine the tactics employed to create a more efficient workforce; hiring and SES reform, reducing backlogs in security clearances and retirement claims, building a cyber workforce, telework and the overall support of the civil servant. Four were rated as effective, two as more progress needed, and one as ineffective.

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 03:26am EDT

Agencies, colleges share top recruiting tips in tight budget times

Tighter budgets are impacting agencies' ability to recruit new employees, according to the results of an exclusive Federal News Radio survey. But while budget dollars may be dwindling, agencies still need new hires to fill vacancies caused by retirements and others leaving civil service. Federal recruiters and college advisers say there are certain cost-effective and innovative techniques that work better than others when it comes to finding the next generation of federal employees.

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 05:30am EDT
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DHS surfing the retirement wave, turns focus to leadership, morale

Catherine Emerson, the agency's chief human capital officer, said the annual turnover rate is only 1.35 percent for its 240,000 employees. She said new programs, called Cornerstone and Capstone, are trying to ensure employees have the leadership training necessary for the future. The Coast Guard also is increasing employee engagement as it prepares to move into its new headquarters at St. Elizabeth's in Washington.

Monday - 09/10/2012, 11:14am EDT
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Young, healthy, idealistic and unemployed

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Has the long-feared retirement tsunami hit the federal government? And if so, could the so- called brain drain be a career life-saver for tens of thousands of unemployed or under employed millennials?

Monday - 09/10/2012, 02:00am EDT

Training in the federal government

Bill Bransford will host a round table discussion of how agencies are currently training their managers and employees.
September 7, 2012

Friday - 09/07/2012, 06:49pm EDT
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Last hired, first fired: Where are you in line?

If Uncle Sam really drives off the sequestration cliff in January, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Do you have a job parachute?

Friday - 09/07/2012, 02:00am EDT

What's ahead for feds with security clearances?

Evan Lesser, founder and director of ClearanceJobs.com, talks about how the job market is changing for federal workers with high security clearances.
August 31, 2012

Friday - 08/31/2012, 10:27pm EDT
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Air Force bolsters civilian transition program for veterans

It's the first major overhaul of the program in 20 years. Among the changes, the Air Force is offering three "paths" for airmen an educational to go back to school, a small business path to become an entrepreneur and a vocational technical path.

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 03:43pm EDT
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Interior reduces hiring time, manager paper cuts

The Interior Department's new, simplified hiring process has slashed hiring time by more than 100 days. Much of the change results from less paperwork for managers, a department leader told Federal News Radio.

Wednesday - 08/29/2012, 05:13am EDT
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Veterans as entrepreneurs

Chris Hale, president of the National Veteran Owned Business Association, talks about the work being done by his organization.
August 24, 2012

Saturday - 08/25/2012, 01:44am EDT
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First lady announces new hiring push for vets

First lady Michelle Obama revealed Wednesday that 2,000 businesses around the country have hired or trained more than 125,000 military veterans and spouses in the past year, surpassing a White House goal of 100,000 by the end of next year.

Wednesday - 08/22/2012, 08:22pm EDT

Vets, who needs them?

Uncle Sam employs a larger percentage of veterans than any big company in the nation...we know it's policy and it's the right thing to do. But is it a good idea? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey reports that a been-there-done-that type says "Roger that..."

Tuesday - 08/21/2012, 02:00am EDT

Help for veterans

Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, talks about the challenges facing veterans when they return home.
August 17, 2012(Encore presentation September 7 & 14, 2012)

Friday - 08/17/2012, 10:38pm EDT
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OPM: Agencies can use flexible work schedule for science, engineering activities

The Office of Personnel Management wants agencies to use workplace flexibility to encourage federal workers to pursue activities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM.

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 11:15am EDT

Federal workforce issues

Avue Technologies Co-CEO Linda Rix, joins host Derrick Dortch to talk about what's ahead for federal human resources managers.
August 10, 2012

Friday - 08/10/2012, 10:09pm EDT
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Training opportunities for young feds

Host Debra Roth spoke with Steve Ressler, president and founder of GovLoop, and Tyler Robinson and Lynnie Martin from Young Government Leaders.
Aug. 10, 2012

Friday - 08/10/2012, 06:29am EDT
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Medina advocates better CHCO communication to stop budget axe

Federal chief human capital officers should develop a consistent message about the effects of budget cuts on human resources, said CHCO Council Executive Director Kathryn Medina. The goal is to explain the tangible effects of spending reductions on core agency missions.

Friday - 08/10/2012, 05:25am EDT
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Compensation, hiring policies in need of overhaul

Shrinking budgets and a tough economy are posing problems for federal chief human capital officers, according to a new survey by the Partnership for Public Service and Grant Thornton. The report makes multiple recommendations as agencies struggle to replace a quickly retiring workforce and deal with staffing reductions due to budget constraints.

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 09:53pm EDT
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DoD hiring more people with disabilities

Fourteen percent of the Defense Department's civilian workforce is disabled, compared with 11 percent governmentwide.

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 09:05am EDT
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