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USAJOBS: Telework Positions and Positions with Flexible Hours

Create new formats for job postings on USAJOBS that include separate categories for Telework (y/n) and Flexible Hours (y/n). People who are looking for jobs would like to search for these, and it's not possible now. If employers have to step up and identify these types of jobs up front, telework and flex hours will be more job dependent than empolyee/boss dependent. Besides, putting them out there on USAJOBS will tell ...more »

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Encourage use of more part time positions

I would like to retire and work part time closer to home. So, having worked for the government for over 32 years, I thought I'd take a look a options on USAJOBS. There aren't many there. I don't think managers naturally think of hiring people part time, nor do I think organizations make it particularly easy for managers to hire part time employees. Perhaps this is a cultural rather than a policies/procedures issue. ...more »

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Life Insurance Open Season

I think it's about time that the Federal Government has an open season for Life Insurance. For most people, you only get one shot at selecting your life insurance. You can't get additional insurance unless you go through a medical exam and hope that everything is fine and then OPM will make the decision if you can get it nor not. Why not just have some open season's to let those that want to increase/change, just like ...more »

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Common Sense Telework Agreements

Standardize Telework Agreements with a common sense approach. Government Shutdowns Workers with the capability of teleworking should be expected work even when the government is shutdown due to weather or other natural disasters. Unless that worker is directly affected by the situation (power outage, for example) the employee should be expected to work. Example: On a recent flight to DC, I sat next to a government ...more »

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Mandate Telework Participation Wherever Feasible

The near total shutdown of government in DC during the recent snowstorm highlights the need for more teleworking capabilities. There are many policies regarding teleworking, however a large component of supervisors and managers see it as a privilege rather than a necessity. This time it was a snowstorm, but what about in cases of natural disaster or pandemic? We need the ability to continue governmental functions in ...more »

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Hire retired va workers

There is a large number of retired VA workers. These former VA employees have the knowledge and skills to process claims for the verterans administration.

 

Can they be hired on as contractors working from home to assist in answering questions or inquiries via telephone or email?

 

The retired VA community can help a lot, most of us worked for 30 years or more d would love the opportunity to help in some way.

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long wait times on phone

why doesn't opm institute a program simlar to what some cale tv companies have? If the wait is over 5 minutes let the person who phoned leave a number that they can be reached at. at least the person can get something done while they are waiting for someone to answer there questions. My time is just as important to me as the time of the employees. Your e-mail response times are a joke. Answers should be received within ...more »

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SCEP/STEP Program

I am concern about the integrity and accountability of the SCEP/STEP programs. These programs have become so loosely managed. What use to be great opportunity for young people, has become a free fall for parents/agencies to get their adult age children jobs. The organization I worked for has over 160 SCEP/STEP students with an average age of 23. This limits the opportunity for others to be able to get an experience ...more »

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Veterans Preference

Amend Title 5 to allow VA to provide 10 point Veterans Preference letters to servicemembers that are separating and will be known to have compensable service-connected disabilities. Currently, servicemembers may only receive a 5 point preference when applying for a Federal job before leaving service. VA allows for servicemembers to file disability claims up to 6 month before leaving service. For those that are also ...more »

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Realizing Potential

Why don't employees apply for new positions and instead choose to remain unchallenged? This can happen for many reasons. Ultimately I think the fix is a culture change. This would involve a commitment to not only results orientation but a continuous learning environment. In order to foster continuous learning, it must be embedded within the business strategy of a firm. An option would be pay for performance. A way ...more »

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Dear OPM, Citizen and fed applicants deserve better than OF 612

For goodness sake, come into the 21st century and redesign the gov't job app form to be USER FRIENDLY. AT A MINIMUM, DO THESE THINGS: 1. Acknowledge people's busy lives & allow SAVE feature so applicants can work on it when all info is available and they have snippets of time. 2. Allow enough space for text entry in all fields. Section C Item 9, Section E, Section F, Section G are currently useless. Current set-up ...more »

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