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Filling civilian vacancies easier with advanced recruiting, online resources

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- As Air Force officials work to streamline and expedite the hiring process for the civilian workforce, they are encouraging hiring managers to initiate the recruitment process prior to an incumbent's departure.

If the position being vacated is already funded, properly classified and serviced by the Air Force Personnel Center, hiring officials are authorized to submit a Request for Personnel Action before the current employee has transitioned out of the position.

The local civilian personnel section can provide guidance on which agency provides personnel service to the installation and advise on any concerns with advanced recruiting, such as priority placement candidates and hiring authorities.

This advanced recruitment capability is part of a greater hiring reform initiative from the Office of Personnel Management designed to fill vacancies within 80 days.

"We are asking everyone to help us meet this 80-day goal -- from the hiring officials to the staffing teams to local leadership," said Michelle LoweSolis, the Civilian Force Integration director. "One way to do this is through advanced recruiting. Our civilian force is vital to the success of the Air Force and advanced recruiting will help us to avoid gaps in mission support for commanders."

As hiring officials begin the hiring process, they can find many resources on the AFPC Personnel Services website, such as procedure guides, staffing information, resource management and employee-management relations. Search keyword "hiring resource center" on the personnel services website for more information.

Hiring officials who are establishing a new position, revising a current position or filling existing civilian positions can also find help in the Standard Core Personnel Document library on the Air Force Portal. The SCPD library provides managers, supervisors and personnel specialists with core personnel documents reflecting work typically found at installations across the Air Force.

More than 1,000 SCPDs are in the library. The library can be found on the portal using keyword "SCPD."

Other initiatives designed to improve the hiring process include establishing individual announcements for most job vacancies, extending the "internal" candidate pool to include most Department of Defense civilians, the recent launch of the Air Force Civilian Service website at www.afciviliancareers.com, and the expanded use of Schedule A hiring authority for certain cyber security positions.

For more information on civilian hiring, visit AFPC's personnel services website. Air Force employees may call the 24-hour Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102.