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#1 Posted : Friday, March 16, 2018 6:43:36 AM(UTC)

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Deputy State Department Secretary John Sullivan announced his intention to lift the agency’s hiring freeze, and instead move forward with a strategic hiring initiative that “aligns our talent and human capital needs with foreign policy and budget priorities.”

“The Department of State and USAID will move forward with separate hiring and staffing initiatives to ensure our workforces are fully prepared to meet the challenges of 21st-century diplomacy and development,” Sullivan wrote in a March 12 memo obtained by Federal News Radio.

In another memo obtained by Federal News Radio, USAID Administrator Mark Green told employees the strategic hiring initiative would lift the State Department’s hiring freeze, and would allow USAID to handle its own hiring decisions.

“The Department of State confirmed that it will be making a transition from a hiring freeze to a new Strategic Hiring Initiative that aligns its workforce-planning with the Administration’s foreign-policy and budgetary priorities. In a letter to me, Deputy Secretary John Sullivan indicates that, effective immediately, USAID ‘should initiate its own hiring processes to accommodate the Agency’s staffing needs,'” Green wrote in a March 12 memo.

Green’s memo says USAID will continue to manage its workforce through its Hiring and Reassignment Review Board (HRRB), which it stood up in July 2017.

The hiring board meets monthly to review external hires, internal transfers and promotions. It also monitors attrition levels, identifies skills gaps in the agency’s workforce and identifies “essential positions” that are the highest priority to fill.

“This corporate view ensures we remain within our funding levels; support our Redesign efforts; and recruit, retain and deploy the talent we need to fulfill the Administration’s vision for 21st-century diplomacy and development,” Green wrote.

According to the memo, USAID will soon proceed with the hiring of some qualified candidates for the foreign service in high-priority categories.

“We will continue to collaborate and share our experience with the Department of State as it formalizes its new Strategic Hiring Initiative to empower Bureaus and leadership at all levels to align their human-capital needs with the Secretary’s priorities,” Green wrote.
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#2 Posted : Friday, March 16, 2018 7:06:49 AM(UTC)

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"With the Secretary's priorities...." What Secretary? Which Secretary?
#3 Posted : Friday, March 16, 2018 7:15:17 AM(UTC)

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"With the Secretary's priorities...." What Secretary? Which Secretary?

Maybe the acting secretary? Maybe Rex's parting gift?

What was it under Hillary, Diplomacy 2.0? 3.0? Is this Diplomacy 3.1?

By the way here's a link to the article on Federal News Radio, it comes after the main story about whistleblowers:

Moving from hiring freeze to ‘strategic hiring initiative’

Edited by user Friday, March 16, 2018 7:23:46 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Add a link to save folks the trouble

DISCLAIMER: You read it on an open internet forum :)
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