Bringing the best new people on board and weeding out the worst are both the most important and the most difficult tasks faced by any employer. For federal managers, the challenge is even greater. Not only does government bureaucracy often make hiring a cumbersome, slow-moving process, but poor performers enjoy more protection from losing their jobs than their counterparts outside of government. The Complete Guide to Hiring and Firing Government Employees is filled with tried-and-true strategies that will enable government managers to cut through the red tape and take advantage of the best talent available, as well as efficiently document and deal with those who don’t make the cut. Readers will learn how to: • Take an anticipatory approach to recruiting • Decide who to target, and where and how to advertise for open positions • Screen and interview candidates • Counsel a poor-performing employee • Use progressive discipline • Document a case • Write a charge • Develop internal political support • Prepare for and win a third party hearing • And continuously maintain an entire department of exceptional performers.