March 31, 2012
Air Force civilian hires will soon have access to a new virtual tool that provides more efficient and timely processing for job placement.
The USA Staffing Onboarding Manager tool will help reduce the average amount of time it takes to inprocess new civilians before they enter on duty. The tool is part of continuing efforts to move the service closer to an 80-day civilian hiring process initiative directed by the president in 2010.
Currently, when new civilians are hired they complete required in-processing documents through the Civilian Virtual Inprocessing system available on the Air Force personnel services website. However, cVIP doesn’t meet federal requirements to connect inprocessing data to an employee’s electronic official personnel folder, or eOPF.
“The Air Force has been working with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to develop a new on-boarding tool since late 2009 when we found cVIP would not meet Enterprise Human Resources Integrations requirements for the OPM eOPF,” said Nancy Tackett, a supervisory human resources specialist with the Air Force Personnel Center here. EHRI is one of five OPM led initiatives designed to leverage the benefits of technology.
Implementing Onboarding Manager, or OM, will meet this requirement and reduce the number of documents manually processed, she said.
OM will still involve a simple inprocessing method that consolidates all documentation and helps reduce errors for employees and human resource officials. Meeting the federal requirement to populate data to an employee’s eOPF will also ensure complete and accurate information in the employee’s record throughout their career.
On April 23, officials will implement OM through a phased-approach starting with a pilot for new hires at Air Force Reserve Command, Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Arnold AFB, Tenn., and Eglin AFB, Fla. By August, OM will replace cVIP Air Force-wide.
“OM is just one more efficient process to ultimately help the Air Force put the right people in the right place at the right time,” Tackett said.
For more information about civilian hiring reform initiatives, visit AFPERS at https://gum-crm.csd.disa.mil. For more information on Air Force civilian careers, visit www.afciviliancareers.com.