Pulakos, spokesperson for the alliance, said the private sector has more experience using assessment tools and the alliance wants to bring best practices to the government in this area.
While the Office of Personnel Management is starting a pilot using assessment testing covering 12 job series, Pulakos said the rest of government lags behind. She said there are a “great number” of people to educate at all agencies about the tools.
Pulakos told the Federal Drive, “OPM is in the process right now of getting ready to go live with their assessments and it’s both an automated platform for delivering assessments” and a series of assessments. While the program, Pulakos said, will cover approximately a third of vacancies in the government like HR, contracts and finance, obviously that still leaves two-thirds of the jobs out.
Still Pulakos sounds hopeful about the alliance and the program.
“I see more energy now for getting good hiring processes in than I ever have in the past and I hope that this won’t take so long. People in the government have been, I think, burdened by the hiring processes that they’ve been using for several years now. IT tools were implemented about 15 years ago thinking this was going to solve the hiring process issues that the government was facing, but in fact an IT tool in and of itself doesn’t produce a good hire. You need good assessments to produce a good hire and now I think the government realizes that and they’re moving out very quickly to get them in place.”
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-10 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.