The House has joined the Senate in passing S-1580, designed to speed up the process of filling federal vacancies by allowing agencies to select candidates from another agency’s “best qualified” list of applicants, rather than having to build their own lists. The bill is meant to reduce administrative work for agencies, and waiting time for applicants who have already undergone a competitive assessment process and are certified as eligible for selection. Currently, agencies that have similar hiring needs cannot share applicant information with one another, sponsors say. The bill has support from federal employee and management organizations, as well as from outside groups including the Partnership for Public Service.