The Obama administration is hoping to cut the average time it takes to hire new federal workers down to about 21/2 months, but the latest government statistics suggest they still have about 25 days to go.
Agencies took an average of 105 days to recruit and hire new workers in fiscal 2010, down from 122 days the year before, according to the Office of Personnel Management. In the past, it would take agencies up to 200 days to process a hire; 140 days was more common.
President Obama last year ordered agencies to accelerate the hiring system with the goal of eventually processing applications and hiring a new worker in no more than 80 days. The orders — part of Obama’s push to make the government “cool again” — stemmed from concerns that the government is missing out on recruiting highly qualified applicants unwilling to wait more than six months for a final decision.