The federal government is hiring more veterans than ever before. But overall, the picture is grim. Hiring across agencies has dropped by 46 percent since 2009. Tim McManus is vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. He told Federal News Radio's Shefali Kapadia about his new analysis of the numbers. Read Shefali's related article.
New hiring in the federal government dropped by more than 13,000 in fiscal 2013, amounting to a 46.4 percent decline in hiring over the past four years, but two groups continue to show steady increases in the federal workforce.
Agencies' scales tip strongly in the direction of older workers. The percentage of millennials in the federal workforce fell to 7 percent in 2013 — an eight-year low. This compares to about 23 percent in the private sector workforce.
A new set of hiring tools is coming from the Office of Personnel Management and the Office of Management and Budget. Those tools will help agencies attract and keep talent — faster and more efficiently. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, tells In Depth with Francis Rose some of the tools themselves aren't really new.
Employees under the age of 30 make up 7 percent of the federal workforce. Employees under age 30 made up more than 20 percent of the federal workforce in 1975. But your agency shouldn't just bring on young people just for the sake of making young hires. Finding the right talent to fill your agency's mission means taking a more holistic approach to hiring. Tim McManus is vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. He explained why the numbers shouldn't scare off agencies on In Depth with Francis Rose.
Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, and Debra Roth, partner at Shaw Bransford & Roth, counted down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.
Government hiring is down 37 percent in the past four years. The Pathways Programs were supposed to be part of the solution. But 20 percent of chief human capital officers say they use Pathways often to hire new employees. That's according to a new survey of 62 CHCOs and agency HR leaders from the Partnership for Public Service and Grant Thornton. It describes five big challenges CHCOs see in government. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, discusses the survey with In Depth with Francis Rose.
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) says his colleagues on Capitol Hill are treating federal employees like a "punching bag." He chairs the Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce. His subcommittee's hearing this week highlighted low morale at agencies across the government and ways to fix it. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, talked to In Depth with Francis Rose
The first week of May means more than margaritas. Since 1985, it's also served as Public Service Recognition Week, an opportunity to relay the benefits and value of government work to those inside and outside of it. Tim McManus, vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about this year's theme -- Proud to serve.
You already have the tools to hire new millennials at your agency, but the process itself needs some tweaking. Some agencies have special exceptions to make some new hires. Giving every agency the same flexibility could make a big difference. Tim McManus, vice president for education at the Partnership for Public Service, told In Depth with Francis Rose he has a few suggestions from a new report: Building the Enterprise: A New Civil Service Framework.
Applying data to problems is a solution agencies are using all over government. Tim McManus, vice president for education at the Partnership for Public Service, tells In Depth with Francis Rose you can do it in the hiring process too.
As the government looks to diversify its workforce with younger employees, a new study shows interest is high among college students. The challenge lies in positioning the government so the best and brightest will find those opportunities.
Your agency probably needs a millennial makeover.
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