Who’s Hiring in the U.S. Government?

By Toni Vranjes

April 28, 2009

With layoffs wreaking havoc in many industries, frustrated job seekers are looking to Washington.

So who’s hiring? Lots of federal agencies and departments.

Here are a few examples:

• The Defense Department will be hiring at the Army Corps of Engineers and within the Office of the Inspector General as a result of the recent economic stimulus act. The Army Corps of Engineers expects to fill about 1,000 positions, according to Lt. Col. Les Melnyk, a Pentagon spokesman. The Inspector General plans to hire more staff, primarily auditors and investigators, he says.

• With funding from the 2009 federal budget, U.S. Customs and Border Protection expects to hire 11,400 people this year, according to spokesman Lloyd Easterling. The agency will be recruiting for a variety of jobs, including pilots, boat commanders, and mission-support personnel.

• The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. plans to bring aboard 1,500 people in 2009, with many of the new jobs related to troubled and failed banks, spokesman David Barr says. The agency, which approved the hiring in December, will add positions such as bank examiners, resolution specialists, and lawyers.

• As a result of the stimulus act, the Small Business Administration expects to hire several dozen loan processors, according to spokesman Mike Stamler.

• One major federal hiring program, to fill 1 million “enumerator” jobs for the 2010 Census, will get under way later this year. In the fall, the Census Bureau will start recruiting people to fill these temporary positions. Next year, the enumerators will knock on the doors of people who haven’t returned Census questionnaires and will help them complete the paperwork.

John Palguta, of the Partnership for Public Service, expects the following departments and agencies to be very active on the hiring front over the next couple of years:

WEBSITES:

www.usajobs.gov official job site of the federal government

www.opm.gov U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Partnership for Public Service A 2007 report by the Partnership for Public Service examines the government’s hiring needs. The group is updating the report to reflect new developments and trends.

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