Federal Manager's Daily Report

The results of an interagency IT job fair conducted last fall “demonstrated the necessity of operating as a unified federal enterprise” for hiring into such positions, one of the areas the government where has the most trouble in recruiting, says the CIO Council.

“The federal-wide hiring event was an effective and cost efficient solution to attract diverse top talent to the public sector,” said the council, which sponsored the event outside Washington, D.C. in conjunction with OPM and OMB and which already is considering hosting additional events.

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Thirty-one federal agencies collectively conducted over 300 interviews and made over 50 tentative job offers within 30 days after the event including some on-the-spot offers, said a posting on the council’s site. “The council anticipates the number of job offers to continue to increase.”

Agencies received more than 5,000 applications to the government-wide vacancy announcements, producing a diverse applicant pool that included veterans, students, and CyberCorp Scholarship for Service candidates. More than 200 participants attended free training seminars that covered resume writing, interviewing, and applying to federal jobs.

“The CIO Council will continue to drive efficiencies and build relationships across agencies to tackle a broad range of workforce challenges including the recruitment, hiring, development, and retention of federal IT and cyber professionals. Retention starts with the new hires from this event who are currently being onboarded. The CIO Council will provide support to agencies in the development of tools and resources to enable their success in the federal government,” it said.