Governor Signs Civil Service Modernization Measure

Governor Wolf signed into law Thursday Senate Bill 1154, a measure introduced by Senator Randy Vulakovich that will streamline and modernize Pennsylvania’s Civil Service Act.

“Act 69 of 2016 which will bring Pennsylvania more in line with hiring practices of the private sector for civil service agencies,” Senator Vulakovich said.  “Under this new law, vacancies will be filled with qualified people in a timely manner while maintaining the merit-based and non-political nature of the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission’s hiring process.”

Act 69 allows applicants to be notified of an openings by methods other than the US Mail and gives the Commission the option to provide agencies with a list of more than three applicants, a limit currently in place. It also allows the Civil Service Commission to post actual job vacancies, rather than a general list of job classifications.

“Currently a prospective employee applies for job classifications — not an actual open position — and is placed on a list,” said Senator Vulakovich. “These changes under Act 69 will give the Commission the opportunity to use technology to eliminate unnecessary delays that wastes applicants’ time and the agency’s resources. This not only benefits those looking for civil services positions, but also will create a stronger pool of qualified and capable candidates to fill those jobs.”

Senator Vulakovich comments on Senate Bill 1154 (Act 69).

Contact:          Charlie O’Neill                        (717) 787-6538 or coneill@pasen.gov