Magazine article National Defense

Rumsfeld Vocal about Personnel Reform. (Washington Pulse)

Magazine article National Defense

Rumsfeld Vocal about Personnel Reform. (Washington Pulse)

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Seeking to bolster his case for a broad overhaul of the Pentagon's personnel system, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that the current civil-service structure severely hampers efforts to recruit and retain talented young workers.

"Some would say [the system] is broken," he said during a June briefing at the National Press Club.

Rumsfeld was responding to a Brookings Institute survey of 1,002 graduating college seniors that found many of those students would avoid government jobs, because the hiring process is cumbersome and lengthy.

Rumsfeld said the Defense Department is ill equipped to compete with corporate recruiters who can offer students jobs, tell them what the bonuses are and when and where they can start. The government can only offer paperwork and "a promise to get back to them" in three to five months, he added.

At Rumsfeld's urging, the Bush administration has asked Congress to transform the civil service system and is proposing the creation of a new national security personnel system to manage the Pentagon's nearly 700,000 civilian employees. …

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