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The spending bill seeks information on the average duration of DoD civilian employee vacancies. Image: Mark Van Scyoc/Shutterstock.com

The House version of the annual DoD authorization bill would require the department to report to Congress on problems it faces in hiring civilian employees, saying that “prolonged delays in filling civilian positions can increase the workload of other employees and impede the ability of the department to support the needs of the warfighter.”

The measure would require a report to include information on the average duration of Department of Defense civilian employee vacancies over the past three years at each GS level, with specific information on the average duration of vacancies at bases deemed remote or isolated by the Department of Defense.

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It also would require reporting on work hours in which servicemembers “fulfilled the duties of vacant civilian positions; a description of the regular functions that could not be completed due to civilian employee vacancies over the past three years; and a description of what is currently being done to address and shorten the timeline between the posting of a civilian position and the extension of a hiring offer.”

That would have to be provided in time for consideration in next year’s version of the bill.

The measure also requires DoD to “ensure that maximum practicable flexibility is allowed to permit employees to perform all or a portion of the duties of such employees at a telecommuting center established pursuant to statute or through the use of flexible workplace services agreements.”

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