McCoy will be one of the pilot test sites for the Department of
Defense (DoD) Enterprise Staffing Solution (ESS) process, an
enterprise-wide initiative designed to standardize, streamline and
transform the DoD civilian hiring process.
six-month pilot program is expected to begin Friday, Feb. 27.
Kohn, Fort McCoy Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) director,
said the new ESS system, is being considered as the replacement for
system, if approved, is likely to be implemented DoD-wide sometime
after the testing period is completed.
system is scheduled to be used for not only appropriated fund
vacancies, but also non-appropriated fund (NAF) vacancies in the Fort
McCoy garrison, Kohn said. Currently NAF is not using an automated
application and referral system.
Reneau, CPAC NAF Division chief, said the Army chose to test in three
of its regions: North Central, North East and West. "Fort McCoy
NAF is aligned with Rock Island, Ill., and we got picked in our region
because the Fort McCoy CPAC NAF Division provides Human Resources
support to the Rock Island NAF employees," Reneau said.
addition to Fort McCoy and Rock Island, the pilot program also will
include the Combat Support Training Center in California, which also
is supported by the Fort McCoy CPAC.
and Jim Pattison, CPAC Division chief, said the Fort McCoy CPAC
thought the opportunity to field the program on a test basis would
allow the installation to get an early, first look at the Web-based
said, "There are many benefits to participating in the pilot
early. One is that by the time the testing is done, we should have a
portion of our customer base trained and operational."
"The ESS program also features instant access for both
managers and employees. This allows everyone to see where an
action is at any given time."
CPAC NAF Division Chief
ESS is envisioned to effectively support the recruitment and staffing
requirements of civilian personnel for all DoD components by
automating many federal recruitment and hiring processes.
ESS will incorporate aspects of the recruiting and hiring process from
identifying a staffing need and creating and posting a job
announcement, through collecting resumes and application materials,
rating and ranking applicants, issuing referral lists, pre-employment
assessment, and entrance-on-duty processing paperwork.
system will be an improvement for the NAF personnel who currently do
not have an automated recruitment system, Reneau said.
new program will help both employees and managers determine who is
best qualified for a job and help simplify the selection process.
Reneau said the new system includes an interactive question portion,
which asks specific questions about the position up front and in a
in the Resumix program, applicants’ qualifications are judged by, in
part, if they include key words in their responses. Dawn Pastick, CPAC
Branch chief, said many times employees would apply for a position
without reading the job description carefully to determine if they
meet the qualifications of the vacancy. In the ESS process, if there
is a requirement for a college degree or professional license,
applicants are asked up front if they have the degree or license.
Reneau said if they don’t meet the requirement, the applicant is
told up front that they do not qualify for the vacancy.
of the other anticipated benefits of the ESS process for employees and
DoD employees and other job applicants will be able to submit one
resume that can be accessed by all DoD hiring managers. This compares
to the current approach of requiring applicants to submit resumes
multiple times if they want to apply for jobs at different DoD
agencies or activities.
ESS is Internet/Web-based, DoD employees with access to a computer can
access the system 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year
to view current vacancies, apply for jobs, track their status for any
particular job they have applied for and complete any required forms
is built with all federal government and DoD regulatory and legal
safeguards in place to ensure maximum consideration for DoD employees
affected by veterans preference, Priority Placement Program status or
targeted diversity or disability goals.
will be allowed to define their interest so they are automatically
informed, by e-mail, when positions are posted that match their
also provides access for DoD employees to continue to submit paper
resumes and other required paperwork to be considered for DoD civilian
ESS program also features instant access for both managers and
employees," Reneau said. "This allows everyone to see where
an action is at any given time."
is being planned for management and employees, and more information
will be published at a later date. For more information about ESS,
call (608) 388-2722.