Leading Assessment Providers Combine Efforts to Support Federal Hiring Reform

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PDRI, a PreVisor Company, Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), and Aon Consulting will work together to help Federal agencies with President’s mandate

The President’s executive mandate of May 11th states Federal government agencies will no longer use written narratives as an application tool after November 1st. That means they need something else.

A new collaborative effort was announced today: the Alliance for Hiring Reform (AHR) comprised of PDRI, HumRRO, and Aon Consulting, leading providers of hiring assessments to the Federal Government. The alliance was formed to address current and upcoming hiring reform needs; and to provide education, information, and assistance to Federal government agencies on how to implement leading-edge, effective hiring assessments that leverage technology to provide high quality candidates quickly.

“Right now, when you apply for a government job you must submit written summaries or essays just to determine minimum skills requirements. The President’s executive mandate* of May 11th states Federal government agencies will no longer use written narratives as an application tool after November 1st. That means they need something else,” explained Elaine Pulakos, COO, PDRI. “We’re concerned that many agencies will end up defaulting to using applicant resumes or past experience checklists that will not be as effective as competency assessments at identifying quality hires. We want to help fix that situation.”

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is spearheading the reform effort, and has published information about the reform on their website at: Hiring Reform. In support of that effort, AHR members are working with OPM to develop state-of-the-art, technology-enabled hiring assessments for several high volume job series. These assessments, which will be available to all Federal agencies, are designed to meet hiring reform requirements by enhancing the applicant experience, minimizing the time to hire, and improving quality of hires.

Members of AHR are internationally recognized, award-winning assessment experts who publish regularly in the assessment best practice and research literatures.

AHR partners will discuss “Developing an Effective and Efficient Assessment Strategy” during a free webcast on Thursday, September 16, 2010 from 12-1pm EST.

For more information about AHR, contact: Mike Littman, 703-674-3332

About the Alliance for Hiring Reform

The Alliance for Hiring Reform is a collaborative effort between leading providers of hiring assessments to the Federal Government market – PDRI, a PreVisor Company, HumRRO, and Aon – that was initiated to address current and upcoming hiring reform needs for Federal hiring managers.

PDRI, a PreVisor Company is a recognized industry-leading assessment provider. They have successfully developed and implemented assessments in many Federal Government and private sector organizations. Their online testing platform administers any type of assessment and integrates with all applicant tracking systems (ATS) used in the Federal Government. PDRI is a wholly owned subsidiary of PreVisor, the global leader in online, unproctored assessment solutions.

Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) is an independent, nonprofit corporation that has spent over 50 years helping Federal agencies address their human capital needs by offering customized, innovative solutions. Their staff of industrial-organizational psychologists has extensive experience in developing and validating a wide variety of measures frequently used for hiring.

Aon Consulting is among the top global human capital consulting firms, with more than 6,300 professionals in 229 offices worldwide. The firm works with organizations to improve business performance and shape the workplace of the future through employee benefits, talent management and rewards strategies and solutions. Aon Consulting was named the best employee benefit consulting firm by the readers of Business Insurance magazine in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. For more information on Aon Consulting's Federal Government Practice, please visit http://www.aonfederal.com. For more information on Aon Consulting, please visit http://www.aon.com/human-capital-consulting. Click here to read Aon Corporation’s Safe Harbor Statement.

*Presidential Memorandum May 11, 2010
I therefore call on executive departments and agencies to overhaul the way they recruit and hire our civilian workforce. Americans must be able to apply for Federal jobs through a commonsense hiring process and agencies must be able to select high-quality candidates efficiently and quickly … The ability of agencies to perform their missions effectively and efficiently depends on a talented and engaged workforce, and we must reform our hiring system to further strengthen that workforce.

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