Hiring Reforms Introduced to Increase DOD’s Civilian Workforce
In an effort to grow the department’s civilian workforce, Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill to treat non-permanent employees as career workers when applying for internal, merit-based promotions at the Department of Defense.
The 2016 Department of Defense Workforce Flexibility Act, introduced by Reps. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Steve Russell (R-OK), would apply to the Defense Department a hiring reform President Obama signed into law in 2015 that applied only to land management agencies
“The federal government’s red tape has made it difficult for our defense installations to hire the workers they need to be able to adjust to frequent changes in workload or sudden increases in demand,” said Mullin. “It only stands to reason that those hired to fill needed jobs on a temporary basis should be duly considered for full time positions. This preserves their training and cuts waste in time and effort.”
Over 15,000 temporary employees work in the Pentagon, but they do not receive the same benefits as full-time workers.
The National Vice President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, Mark Davis, who previously worked on the land management legislation, is pleased to the expansion of the language to cover more employees.
“You’re still accruing skills, you’re still a valuable asset,” he said. “You should still have a career path.”
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