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Editor’s Note – Either I’m getting real good at seeing through these veiled attempts by the Progressive left to affect the November elections, or, I’ve been watching too much Glenn Beck and I’m turning into a conspiracy nut!  Does anyone else see what I see?  Obama is suddenly concerned about the delay in federal government hiring and wants to streamline the process , less than 6 mos. from the midterm elections?

As we all know, the economy and unemployment will have a big impact on how Democrats fare in November, just as these factors played a big role in Obama’s success in ’08.  The party that occupies the White House usually bears the brunt of the impact, when these numbers are not in their favor.

And, consistent with Obama’s belief in big government, Gallup’s recent ‘Job Creation Index’ shows that the federal government is hiring on a 2 to 1 basis, compared to the private sector.  Obama knows that the only way to improve unemployment figures is for the federal government to continue this pace, since there’s little, if any, chance his policies will have a positive impact on private sector business results.

Obama wants federal agencies to hit the gas on hiring

ByJoe Davidson and Ed O’Keefe
Washington Post

If you’ve spent months trying to get a job with the federal government, things are about to get easier.

President Obama plans to instruct federal agencies to radically overhaul the process now used to hire government workers. The change is expected to cut in half the time it takes to fill vacancies and allow the government to better compete with the private sector for top talent.

It’s been a long time coming. The Government Accountability Office has been calling for changes since 2001, and a host of outside voices have criticized the byzantine nature of federal hiring, with its stacks of paperwork and endless rounds of interviews that can keep an applicant hanging for months.

“You want to pull your hair out, you want to scream, you want to shout,” said Stephanie Jones, 32, of Hyattsville, who lamented that she is only “killing trees” with her 75 federal job applications over the past three years.

David T. Ellwood, dean of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, describes it as a “19th-century hiring system” in which applications disappear into a “black hole.” The process, “even at the best of times,” he added, “can take nine months or a year.”

“The president is committing the power of his office to the importance of this issue, which is trying to streamline our hiring process,” said John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management.


Tom Tillison


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