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Understanding Inefficiencies in the Recruitment Request Process in Federal Agencies

By Drew Lessard on Nov 26, 2019 7:32:57 AM

There are several inefficiencies in the recruitment request process for federal agencies. The number of hand-offs between supervisors and HR specialists and the lack of overall transparency in the process can extend the already long time to hire in these agencies.

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Project Synopsis: Program Outcomes Reporting Tool

By Drew Lessard on Nov 13, 2019 7:03:44 AM

Working with several state agencies, EconSys developed the Program Outcomes Reporting Tool (PORT), a web-based application that allows providers in those states to input data as part of the Employment First initiative spearheaded by the Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

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A Decrease in Claims Processed Leads to an Increase in the OPM Retirement Backlog in October

By Drew Lessard on Nov 8, 2019 7:14:23 AM

In the recent report detailing the retirement claims processed in the month of October, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced the number of claims processed decreased significantly from the total processed in September. While the number of new claims received declined from 7,456 to 7,044, the backlog increased to 17,882, and rise of nearly 3% from September’s low water mark for 2019. This comes after a significant increase in the retirement application backlog early in 2019 that decreased for several months through the summer.

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Challenges Faced by HR Specialists in Position Management

By Drew Lessard on Oct 30, 2019 7:22:45 AM

Technology is being by federal agencies to improve processes and address inefficiencies. But Position Management teams are often at a disadvantage. Sitting outside of the formal HR team, many of the tools they could use are not compatible with existing systems. Frequently, it’s easier to continue using spreadsheets and otherwise manual processes.

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Three Ways to Reduce Barriers for Position Management Specialists

By Drew Lessard on Oct 16, 2019 7:08:41 AM

With its unique position outside of Human Resources (HR), Position Management faces a number of challenges in completing its mission. Fortunately, with the use of technology and a more streamlined approach to both position management and communication with other HR departments, Position Management can greatly improve processes. Below are three specific ways that barriers can be reduced or removed for specialists.

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OPM’s Retirement Claims Backlog Remains Steady in September

By Drew Lessard on Oct 10, 2019 7:19:43 AM

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released an updated report detailing the number of retirement claims processed and new ones received during the month of September. In the report, OPM indicated a decrease in the number of claims received to 7,456 (comparable to the amount received in September, 2018), and a decrease in the number of claims processed to 7,656.

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Transitioning from Legacy Position Management Systems to Enterprise Solutions

By Drew Lessard on Oct 2, 2019 7:14:45 AM

Federal position management systems frequently lack the tools specialists need, which is why the majority of federal employees in a recent survey cited organizational resource constraints and leadership as holding them back from performing their best work – in particular in relation to technology. Legacy systems are inefficient, lack key features, and are entirely too opaque to make a dent in modern processes. The results are long time-to-hire averages and overworked position management specialists.

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Project Summary: African American Women in the Labor Force

By Drew Lessard on Sep 17, 2019 7:46:01 AM

EconSys worked with the US Department of Labor (DOL) Women’s Bureau (WB) to conduct a statistical study of the progress of African American Women in the U.S. labor force. Using data from the Decennial Census dating back to 1920, the study modeled policies and practices for future employer use.

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OPM’s Outstanding Retirement Claims Decrease in August

By Drew Lessard on Sep 10, 2019 7:32:56 AM

The monthly report from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) detailing the number of new retirement claims received and processed, along with the monthly average processing time was released for August. In it, OPM reported the highest number of claims processed since March of this year and a 4.5% decrease in the number of outstanding claims for the month.

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Project Synopsis: Longitudinal Study of the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

By Drew Lessard on Sep 4, 2019 6:59:02 AM

EconSys worked with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to collect and evaluate data from a statistically valid sample of veterans participating in the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Chapter 31 Program. Section 334 of the 2008 Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act tasked VA with conducting a 20-year longitudinal study of the outcomes of those who apply for VR&E services. The goal of this study was to determine the long-term outcomes of those who participated in areas of income, employment, home ownership, and other public programs.

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