In earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic, the Veterans Health Administration took apart its hiring process and found a way to waive or delay steps to onboard new employees within three days. With any luck, hiring at VHA will never be the same, the agency said.
It took agencies an average of 98 days to hire new talent, according to the most recent data available from 2018.
The Army is still drafting an implementation plan for the civilian employee side of its new, overarching “People Strategy.” But officials are previewing some of the ideas that may soon become Army-wide policy.
The latest rendition of guidance from the Office of Personnel Management urges agencies to involve subject matter experts earlier on in the federal hiring process, better analyze and then describe a job’s tasks and responsibilities and improve assessments to evaluate candidates.