AUDIT: NWS Has Too Many Open Positions

Audit: NWS Has too Many Open Positions

A Government Accountability Office report says the National Weather Service has 216 vacancies that need to be filled. Some of those openings come with salaries over $100,000.

Open positions mean less experts watching the weather to keep you safe, but they also mean the important technology they rely might not work.

In one case, 2 Wants To Know learned about broken gauge that didn't get fixed because one of their electronic technician positions has been vacant.

Last year, 11 percent of the jobs at the National Weather Service needed to be filled. The GAO says the NWS is making progress, but still has more work to do in filling empty positions.

So why is it taking so long to get new hires in? The GAO says agency procedures just take too long. We're talking 64 to 467 days to get someone hired.

Auditors found the main problem is that the main office makes limited information available to unit managers on the status of hiring requests. That includes failure to notify when a new hire is approved and when a new hire passes their security check.

The service says it's continuing to revamp it's hiring process, and making the best of the resources it has now.
Staff say it's still common to work up to 20 days straight to make up for all the missing people, and managers are cutting back on how many people are scheduled for each forecasting shift.

 

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