Federal Employees News Digest

Bill would let DOD temps compete for jobs

Two Oklahoma lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that would make it easier for temporary Defense Department employees to apply for vacant, permanent positions within the department.

The Department of Defense Workforce Flexibility Act (H.R. 4687), cosponsored by Reps. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) and Steve Russell (R-Okla.), is similar to the Land Management Work Force Flexibility Act signed into law in August 2015, which allows longtime temporary wildland firefighters and other employees at land management agencies to compete for permanent federal jobs in the competitive service under internal merit promotion procedures on equal footing with other federal employees. The new bill amends that statute to cover similar workers at DOD.

The two House members believe passage of the bill will help bring additional permanent DOD civilian jobs to Oklahoma’s military installations.

The sponsors say installations like the Army Ammunition Plant in McAlester, Okla., and Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City rely on temporary workers for a large portion of their overall workforce. They maintain that giving experienced temporary workers the ability to apply for permanent positions would speed up hiring and reduce the time needed for training new hires.

“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,” Mullin said in introducing the bill. “Giving our installations the flexibility they need to easily hire temporary employees for permanent positions will not only support our national defense, it will bring more jobs to Oklahomans.”

See more at: http://mullin.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/mullin-russell-write-bill-to-grow-defense-workforce-in-oklahoma.

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