Project Summary

The hiring process in federal government can at times be cumbersome and difficult. To streamline the process, the Office of Human Resources recently implemented Ready, Cert, Go!, a proactive Departmental Enterprise Hiring Strategy to more efficiently and effectively provide hiring managers with talented candidates.

Project Team

Team Members
Denise Wells, ASA 
Antonia Harris, ASA 
Kent Slakey, ASA 
Linda Bishop-Milton, ASA 
TJ Powers, ASA 
Donna Sanders, ASA 
Marcia Gosha-Caldell, ASA 


Project Details

The Office of Human Resources (OHR), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration, recently implemented Ready, Cert, Go (RCG)!, a proactive Departmental Enterprise Hiring Strategy to more efficiently and effectively provide hiring managers with talented candidates. The RCG initiative resulted in standing registers of qualified applicants, which are available for interviews at a moment’s notice.  By preemptively announcing jobs and creating certificates, hiring managers no longer need to develop individual job announcements for each hiring need.

To begin RCG process, the Human Resources (HR) community analyzed attrition data, hiring trends, and budget submissions across HHS.  They determined that 67% of the projected hiring needs for fiscal year 2011, almost 4,000 positions, came from only 12 occupational series.  The HR community fostered strategic partnerships with the hiring managers at the Operating and Staff Divisions (OPDIVs and STAFFDIVs), as well as, with Subject Matter Experts to craft HHS-wide job announcements.

The first certificates were made available to managers on February 4, 2011 and managers are already making their selections.  This critical initiative is assisting our agency in reducing its hiring timeframes below the Office of Personnel Management 80 day requirement.  RCG has already reduced the amount of repetitive work spent on individual announcements and classification actions, while improving our customer service.


Background

HHS Innovates is one of the ways we are building an innovative culture at the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS Innovates is a contest that recognizes and rewards action taken on good ideas. To date, HHS employees have submitted nominations of innovations for nearly 500 exciting new staff-driven innovative projects, and our employees have cast over 60,000 votes to select 42 finalists over seven rounds. This project is one of the finalists of HHS Innovates. Learn more about HHS Innovates.