I propose that government agencies be prepared to have their employees begin work as soon as they arrive on site, as I believe that the number of people that agree to work for the government and actually show is up far greater than those who renege on their promise. Few people would complete the amount of paperwork required prior to reporting for duty if they weren’t serious about coming. If the work orders for access to the necessary systems for new hires, coops, interns, etc. were put in place only 15 days before their arrival, the government would save money and wasted man hours.
When new employees are on-boarded, there is a two-week wait period (on average) from the time that they arrive on site until they have access to a phone, computer, email, or any agency system. During this lag period, the newly hired employee is unable to do the job he or she is paid to do. When you figure the average employee in the coop program does three tours, has completed one year of master’s work (education ranges mainly from college juniors to PhD candidates), and half are converted to full-time after graduating, an average of over $7000 per employee is spent on wasted hours. This is disturbing because the coop program has proven to be the most effective hiring method for the agency, and is the only hiring authority currently available to several agencies.