The Pentagon Is Increasingly Using Special Authority to Quickly Hire STEM Candidates

Government Executive: The Defense Department’s laboratories have relied on special hiring authorities to bring on most of their new employees in recent years, according to a new report, but the department has failed to measure whether they are using those authorities effectively.

Nearly half of the 11,500 Defense lab hires between fiscal 2015 and 2017 resulted from direct hiring capacity Congress has provided specifically to the research facilities, the Government Accountability Office found, while another 19 percent came from other expedited authorities.

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