AFMC Personnel Programs Branch
7/24/2015 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Key
personnel across the Air Force are working together to analyze the
current civilian hiring process. Participants in this initiative include
Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Headquarters Air Force
Personnel Center, installation civilian personnel offices, and
Directorate of Personnel employees within AFMC. This partnership is
working to analyze each stage of the hiring process to identify
inefficiencies and duplications, and develop a future process that
eliminates barriers and streamlines processes wherever possible.
Last week, Wright-Patterson hosted the ninth rapid improvement event
that examined the roles and responsibilities of the manpower office in
the hiring process. This is part of a series of RIEs which have been
ongoing since February of this year at multiple locations.
"We are looking at every avenue to improve the civilian hiring process
not just in AFMC but across the Air Force -- even when it appears the
initiative may be difficult to implement," said Tammy Lyons, chief of
AFMC's Personnel Support Division and co-leader of this most recent RIE.
"In addition, both the stakeholders and owners of the process must to
be open to changing roles and responsibilities. Improving timeliness in
the hiring process ultimately results in our ability to support the AFMC
and Air Force missions. Our goal to have positions filled within 80
days (i.e., from vacant to employee in seat) is achievable if we are
proactive and responsive to the hiring process."
During this most recent event, the group conducted significant
reengineering of current procedures, resulting in identification of a
more efficient process. The initiatives identified through this RIE will
be incorporated into a pilot program. Participating organizations in
the pilot program are the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center here,
the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex at Tinker Air Force Base,
Oklahoma, and the 502nd Air Base Wing at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.
The organizations in the pilot will be tracking the initiatives,
measuring timeliness of the actions and providing feedback to
continually refine and improve the hiring process.
The next two RIEs will be held at JBSA-Randolph and explore
reengineering such hiring stages as the announcement process, issuance
of referral certificates, candidate selection, making a job offer and
setting the entry on duty date.
"We recognize that in order to remain competitive with the private
sector and other Federal agencies, we need to expeditiously recruit and
hire the best and brightest candidates to help carry out our mission,"
Lyons said. "The successful completion of this project will promote a
more proficient hiring process for both management and applicants."