Steube Introduces Bill to Streamline the Federal Hiring Process
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) introduced H.R. 8720, to provide greater flexibility to agencies to make appointments to positions for which there is a severe shortage of candidates.
“Federal agencies are victims of burdensome red tape that hold up the hiring process and waste time and taxpayer dollars,” Steube said. “Agencies should have the authority to hire their own employees and not be subjected to unnecessary regulations.”
This legislation would give direct-hire authority to all federal agencies. Currently, this privilege is only applicable to certain positions and certain agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), if they can prove there is an “urgent” need or “severe shortage of qualified candidates.”
However, most jobs should fit this description because of requirements from the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM). This legislation seeks to deregulate the federal government’s hiring process to increase fiscal responsibility and government efficiency.
The full text of the legislation can be found here.