Dear Mr. Murphy,
Thank you for your insight and comments.
Several of the points you make are in fact key tenants of the President’s Hiring Reform Guidance and intent of a year ago. A key theme that you talk to in your comments is the point that it takes time to change the culture of an institutionally imbedded system; in this case, how the Federal government hires. We have made great inroads into improving the Federal hiring process over the course of the last year. We also recognize there are areas for improvement; and we are working to improve those areas. But as you indicate, it takes time to “turn the aircraft carrier” so to speak.
In short, over the last year, we have; in alliance with the Federal agencies, made a herculean effort to implement key hiring reform initiatives. Some key results are that we have seen dramatic improvement in applicant satisfaction, hiring manager satisfaction and engagement in the process and the necessary collaboration and communication between the hiring official, the HR specialist and the applicant.
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