The Obama administration has made measurable strides in simplifying the federal hiring process, Jeffrey Zients, acting chief of the Office of Management and Budget, said Monday afternoon. More than 80 percent of job descriptions are now “short and written in plain English,” compared to 19 percent before the start of an administration streamlining drive, Zients told attendees at an Excellence in Government conference at the Ronald Reagan Building. Almost 70 percent of job postings no longer require essays, he said, up from about 40 percent beforehand.
“Improving the hiring process will help us attract great talent,” Zients said. His presentation, at which he was joined by four other top OMB officials, was an upbeat assessment of the administration’s progress in cutting waste, strengthening information technology procurement and making other management improvements. The conference was sponsored by Government Executive Media Group.
Zients could not, however, provide a precise metric on when the web site, performance.gov, will make its public debut. The site, which tracks the effectiveness of agency operations across government, is already available to federal managers. In a September memo, Zients said it would open to the public “later this fall.” Asked after Monday’s presentation for an updated timetable, he replied: “Certainly in the next couple of months.”