OPM Director John Berry Highlights Advancements Made in Hiring Reform Adoption

John Berry, OPM
John Berry, OPM

John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, recently discussed the progress made thus far on hiring reform implementation during a CHCO Council Full Council Meeting.

“I am proud that all federal agencies have begun delivering on our commitment to improve the hiring process,” Berry said. “Hiring reform implementation is critical for us because it allows the federal government to attract, recruit, and hire top talent.”

Last month, federal agencies submitted preliminary Hiring Reform Action Plans to OPM and OMB after President Barack Obama issued a memorandum to federal agencies directing them to improve their hiring procedures. In the memo, federal agencies were directed to cut the time between when a job is announced and is filled, and eliminate essays as an initial application requirement.

The president further urged agencies to use shorter, plain-language job announcements; accept resumes from applicants, instead of having them to submit complex applications via outdated systems; and notify applicants in a timely manner through USAJobs.gov.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 advance as agencies make progress adopting their reform activities and as they learn from each other better ways to recruit workers.

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