09/20/2013 09:44 am ET Updated Nov 20, 2013

Hiring tips for federal leaders

While the size of the federal workforce has been declining because of budget reductions, job freezes and retirements, hiring is still taking place for many critical government positions.

Given the current fiscal climate and an ever-increasing workload, it is imperative that as a federal manager you make smart hiring decisions. While this should be the norm even during ordinary times, it is not always an easy task to get the best talent given the obstacle-laden nature of the federal hiring process.

Managers often view hiring as an HR function, but the truth is that it is a leadership issue. HR is there to help, advise and enable, but you need to take ownership of the talent acquisition process to get the right people on your team who are capable of performing at a high level.