How the Small Business Administration successfully launched a hiring surge during the COVID-19 pandemic
Tasked with administering the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program amid a rapidly spreading pandemic in late March 2020, Small Business Administration leaders realized the agency needed a larger staff to manage the program effectively. In less than a year, the agency implemented a successful hiring surge to more than double its workforce.
How one federal agency has developed a new pipeline for entry-level talent
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation hires about 200 entry-level bank examiners each year. To meet this hiring need, the FDIC uses two key recruiting initiatives: the Pathways Programs and agency hiring events.
How Partnership West embraces diversity, equity and inclusion
Organizations should promote diversity, equity and inclusion, but program managers often struggle to incorporate these principles into their day-to-day work and organizational strategy. Here are three examples that demonstrate how Partnership West has woven diversity, equity and inclusion into its operations, so others can consider how they might emphasize this in their own programs.
An analytics tool helps the Department of Homeland Security recruit talent
In early 2020, DHS launched a new data analytics tool to recruit and hire new personnel more effectively. The tool includes a master calendar that enables the organization and its components to track their recruitment activities and successes in real time.
Tell your representative to protect our merit-based civil service
The president recently signed an executive order that undermines competitive civil service requirements and could replace tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of career civil servants with officials who essentially act as political appointees. Send a letter through the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association to tell Congress to protect our merit-based civil service by opposing this order in their next funding bill.
Nine strategies to help you evolve your talent pipeline
The federal government often has trouble recruiting the talent it needs. We share strategies that agencies can use to improve their talent pipelines, as featured in the Partnership’s report, “A Time for Talent: Improving Federal Recruiting and Hiring.”
Strategic planning during uncertain times
This past February, few strategic plans could have taken into account the challenges we’re facing today. While we can’t predict the future, we can improve the effectiveness of our planning efforts by creating strategic plans based on personal and professional values and investing in an adaptable workforce.
A unique opportunity for more diverse representation in government
After Election Day, first- and second-term administrations have an opportunity to better diversify leadership in the federal government by filling thousands of top management positions.
House appropriations bill could help federal job seekers and enhance data
On June 26, the House passed the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which included language to improve federal hiring and data transparency. By drawing attention to the barriers that affect our government’s ability to hire the best employees, the language in the House bill emphasizes the idea that good government starts with good people. Read this post to find out exactly how this language will improve the federal workforce.
Addressing government’s cybersecurity workforce shortage
Read this Q&A with Janet Vogel, acting chief information security officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, to discover how her agency is bolstering its cybersecurity workforce by participating in the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative.