Uncle Sam a Little Nimbler These Days When It Comes to Hiring Employees

I Want You...to remain patient. But I promise we're moving faster...

Good news for aspiring bureaucrats!  A short Washington Post piece today offers an update on the Obama Administration’s goal to speed up the federal hiring processes:

The Office of Personnel Management wants to know what percentage of workers are hired within the 80-day goal, and how long it’s taking on average per hire. In a memo sent last week, it’s also asking agencies how long it takes to fill “mission-critical” jobs, including information-technology specialists, human resource officials and top career positions.

Numbers released in March suggest the government is still about 25 days shy of Obama’s 80-day goal, with agencies taking about 105 days to recruit and fill slots in fiscal 2010. Those numbers are down from about 122 days the year before and in the past, it used to take agencies up to 200 days to post a job, interview applicants and hire a new worker.

Obama and other administration officials have argued that the long hiring process is deterring otherwise qualified applicants from seeking federal positions.

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