04.03.17

Senator David Perdue: Pentagon’s 148-Day Hiring Process Impacting Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, last week asked the Air Force about the Pentagon’s bureaucratic 148-day hiring process for civilians and the negative impact it is having on the military’s ability to on-board qualified candidates.

Click here to watch the exchange or click on the image below. 

Armed Services

Senator Perdue: Sir, when you’re identifying and retaining somebody, and this is true in business as well as military, finding somebody and retaining are two different things.

Lieutenant General Levy: Yes, sir.

Senator Perdue: You find somebody, if it takes you 148 to on-board them, you lose a lot of candidates during that process.

Lieutenant General Levy: Yes, sir.

Senator Perdue: So, you're perpetually finding new candidates to start another clock of 148 days.

Lieutenant General Levy: Yes, sir.

Senator Perdue: And that's a disaster waiting to happen.

Lieutenant General Levy: It's very difficult to close that circle.

Senator Perdue: So, I will tell you, in business, to hire these people today is 30 to 45 days tops – tops. 90 days for a CEO, someone at your level in business today. If I started to search as a board member, it'd be 90 days. If I didn't have an answer in 90 days, I'd be after somebody's job. This is how far out [our government is] in terms of being competitive.

View Senator Perdue’s full remarks in the Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support hearing here.

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Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.