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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Contact: Communications & Public Liaison
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Announces Progress Made In Hiring Reform Implementation

Washington, D.C. - Today, John Berry, Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Council Chair of the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council, discussed the progress made thus far on hiring reform implementation during the CHCO Council Full Council Meeting.

"I am proud that all Federal agencies have begun delivering on our commitment to improve the hiring process," said OPM Director John Berry. "Hiring reform implementation is critical for us because it allows the Federal Government to attract, recruit, and hire top talent."

On August 1, 2010, Federal agencies submitted preliminary Hiring Reform Action Plans to OPM and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) after President Obama issued a memorandum to Federal agencies directing them to overhaul their hiring procedures.  In his Memorandum, President Obama directed Federal agencies to:

  • Dramatically reduce the time between when a job is announced and is filled.
  • Eliminate essays as an initial application requirement.
  • Use shorter, plain-language job announcements.
  • Accept resumes from applicants, instead of requiring them to submit complex applications through outdated systems.
  • Allow hiring managers to choose from among a group of best qualified candidates, rather than limiting their choice to just three names, through expanded use of "category ratings."
  • Notify applicants in a timely manner through USAJobs.gov.

OPM and OMB are working with agencies to help them improve their Action Plans to improve hiring speed and quality. Agency action plans will evolve as agencies make progress implementing their reform activities and as they learn from each other smarter ways to hire great employees. 

OPM is also using multiple methods to measure hiring reform progress. A small, recently completed, statistically valid sample of agency Job Opportunity Announcements (JOAs) found significant improvements in their brevity, simplicity, and understandability.

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Our mission is to Recruit, Retain and Honor a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American People. OPM supports U.S. agencies with personnel services and policy leadership including staffing tools, guidance on labor-management relations and programs to improve work force performance.


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