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FCW : July 30, 2014
CRITICAL READ WHAT: “Fed Figures 2014: Fed- eral Hiring” by the Partnership for Public Service. WHY: Federal hiring has declined by 46.4 percent in the past four years. One exception to that decline has been the science, technology, engineer- ing, mathematics and medi- cine fields, where hiring has increased by about 10 percent- age points since 2009. Those areas accounted for 39.1 percent of new hires in 2013, of which 4.4 percent were in the IT workforce. In addition, 24.2 percent of all new employees last year were younger than 30. Overall, people under 30 make up 7.1 percent of the federal workforce. VERBATIM: “Ideally, hir- ing presents agency staff with the opportunity to meet its current and future needs, although this task is often challenging given the constraints imposed by the outdated civil service system. Providing a wider range of hiring flexibilities will help agencies secure the talent they need to meet the nation’s growing and evolv- ing challenges.” FULL REPORT: ourpublicservice.org/OPS/ publications Federal Hiring As a result of the 2008–2009 economic downturn and increased budget constraints, federal hiring has been on the decline. With fewer opportunities to bring on new employees, it is critical for agencies to focus on hiring the most highly qualified individuals to meet the nation’s needs. Who did government hire in 2013 and how has the profile of this hiring class evolved from previous years? Where are these new employees located and in which agencies do they serve? To answer these questions, the Partnership for Public Service analyzed recent hiring data for full-time, nonseasonal, permanent civilian employees hired in fiscal 2013 in executive branch agencies, excluding the U.S . Postal Service. 60 90 120 150 2007 2 008 200 9 2010 2011 2012 THOUSAND LEFT SERVICE NEW HIRES RECENT HIRING AND SEPARATION TRENDS While about the same number of individuals left federalservice in fiscal 2012 and 2013, the number of newemployees hired by the government dropped last year by more than 13,000. In most cases, the new employeesfilled jobsheld by those wholeft federal service. 2013 NEW EMPLOYEES GOVERNMENT-WIDE 76,735 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL FEDERAL WORKFORCE 4.2% PERCENT DECREASE IN NEW HIRES SINCE 2009 46.4% SIZE OF THE FEDERAL WORKFORCE PERCENT OF TOTAL NEW EMPLOYEES BY AGENCY 79.8% OF NEW EM PL OYE ES WERE HIRED BY DEFENSE AND SECURITY- RELATED AGENCIES 36.2% OF NEW EMPLOYEES WERE HIRED BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AGENCIES VETERANS AFFAIRS 33.3% HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 4.7% ARMY 12.5% NAVY 9.7% AIR FORCE 9.0% JUSTICE 5.2% HOMELAND SECURITY 5.1% DEFENSE 5.0% TREASURY 1.8% AGRICULTURE 1.7% 88.0% OF NEW EM PL OYE ES WERE HI RED BY TEN AGENCIES OTHER 12.0% The Department of Veterans Affairs hired the most new employees in government during fiscal 2013— 25,566—and brought on slightly more employees last year than in 2012. Out of all 40 large and mid-size agencies (those employing 1,000 or more employees), 12 agencies hired more new employees in 2013 thanin2012. 2 010 194 0 196 0 198 0 2 000 195 0 197 0 199 0 2013 FEDERAL WORKFO RCE 2.1 MILLION FU L L-TIM E, NONSEASONAL, PERMANENT EMPLOYEES 1.8 MILLION 0.5 1.5 MIL LIO N 2.5 20 13 2014 Trending 8 July 30, 2014 FCW.COM comments concerning net neutrality were submitted to the Federal Communications Commission by July 15 780,000 Join the conversation FCW uses Twitter to break news, field questions and ask our own. Learn more at Twitter.com/FCWnow. Senate Intelligence committee approves bill on #cyberinformation sharing http://spr.ly/6017YhAx via @FCWnow #DGovDaily 3:00 pM - 14 Jul 2014 Public Sector @ DeloitteGov Reply Retweet Favorite At a House Armed Services Committee hearing earlier this month, Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) added Con- gress to the list of possible culprits that are slowing efforts to reform defense acquisition. He noted that annual defense bills have resulted in laws and requirements “that have made your jobs harder.” During the hearing, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of Defense for acquisi- tion, technology and logistics, under- scored the urgency for acquisition reform in light of stagnant budgets and greater demands for efficiency. He said his mission is to sustain efforts under the Better Buying Power initia- tive launched in 2010. As Kendall sees it, about four to five years of sustained effort and a precipitating crisis are nec- essary to foster cultural change. “I’m trying to supply the leadership, and the budget situation is supplying the crisis,” Kendall said. He also noted that the acquisition of business systems was recently brought under his control to prevent failures along the lines of the scrapped $1 bil- lion Expeditionary Combat Support System managed by the Air Force. ECSS, a software system for enter- prise management, was a waste of money and the eight years spent on the project, the Senate concluded in a recent report. It further states that the Air Force’s handling of the pro- gram revealed a “cultural resistance to change.” “We need people who really under- stand these areas technically both in terms of how they work but also how to acquire them and how to transition them,” Kendall said. He also waded into the controversy over the $4 billion Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A). Used to aggregate intelligence and mapping data, it has not performed as advertised in Afghanistan, is prone to crashing and is hard to use. Although many in the ranks have sought to acquire the commercial intelligence analytics tool Palantir, the Pentagon hierarchy has resisted. “A lot of our operators who are not career intelligence people like [Palan- tir] because of its intuitiveness,” Kend- all said. “DCGS-A brings an awful lot of other capabilities that our intelligence analysts need. And I believe the Army is working to bring Palantir-like tech- nology into DCGS-A.” — Adam Mazmanian and Sean Lyngaas DOD acquisition reform hinges on people, not processes
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