Washington, DC – Today Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) and Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Maryland) introduced the Federal Hiring Process Improvement Act of 2011.   This legislation would streamline the Federal hiring process to conform to private sector best practices. 

The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Tom Carper (D-Delaware), Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), and Chris Coons (D-Delaware), and Representatives Jim Moran (D-Virginia), Gerry Connolly (D-Virginia), Carolyn Maloney (D-New York), John Lewis (D-Georgia), and Laura Richardson (D-California).

In the coming decade, close to 50 percent of the federal workforce will be eligible to retire, making the development of the next generation of federal workers even more vital. Some federal agencies still take as long as 200 days from the date of a vacancy to hire – delays that compromise federal recruitment, jeopardize government operations, and waste taxpayer dollars.  The federal government needs to adapt, just as the private sector has, in order to recruit the next generation of federal workers.

“The Administration has been making progress on hiring reform, but the outdated process still wastes taxpayers’ money and turns away good candidates,” said Senator Akaka.  “By streamlining and simplifying the hiring process, this bill will help ensure that the Federal government has the right people with the right skills to run the government in an effective and efficient manner.”

“Whether it is a firefighter saving lives, an agent protecting our borders, a scientist pioneering new research, or a nurse caring for our veterans, we owe it to taxpayers and the next generation of public servants to build a better hiring process and to ensure that those with the desire to serve our country are able to do so,” said Congressman John Sarbanes.

“The Obama Administration has made great strides in improving the federal government’s broken hiring process,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service. “We applaud Sen. Akaka and Rep. Sarbanes for introducing this important legislation that will not only makes these reforms permanent, but also enable our government to attract and hire the talented and skilled workers necessary to meet the wide range of challenges faced by our nation.”

This legislation would: