Community = the citizens who are looking for federal jobs + the federal employees who need to fill jobs + the OPM'ers who are responsible for making the process work on a country-level scale. The work of the latter can be shared between OPM and other agencies' experts, but someone with a collegial, competent presence has to manage the community. I think that person should be based at OPM. A good model for how this could ...more »
I've heard that OPM is working on developing a diversity and inclusion strategic plan for the federal government, and that representatives from several federal agenices are involved. I would like to suggest that involvement in that effort be expanded to include people outside the government (for example: Shirley Davis, Director of Diversity Initiatives at the Society for Human Resources Management). Also, I'd like to ...more »
As most of our agencies (Federal, State and Local) suffer drastic cuts to funding, one of the first things to be eliminated is training. Unfortunately, the elimination of these essential services not only brings down employee morale, but also also exposes many of our agencies to huge liabilities. With technological advances in e-learning technology and the standardization of delivery methods (thanks to DoD and ADL's ...more »
OPM should use web-casting technology to hold interagency meetings. This will save hundreds of hours of travel time and make these meetings more accessible to those outside the DC area. It will also help to encourage telework. The minimal cost to use this technology will be returned in saving time and expanding the impact of OPM.
I know many young, bright and eager individuals who are interested in becoming public servants. However the KSA's are difficult to understand and the online process of filling out an application is way too cumbersome! Even when a person labors and gets the application in they never hear anything back. The entire process is frustrating, impersonal, lacks good manners etc etc. The result is a lot of talent is going ...more »
OPM should use existing social networks, including LinkedIn, GovLoop, and Facebook to further its mission. You could have the OPM Director host a blog, announce "hot jobs," provide best business practices, and issue polls on hot topics. This shouldn't cost OPM much, but will make them much more accessible to their customers - Federal employees.
Currently there is the ARMY Resume Builder, the Navy Chart, DLA Resume, etc etc. Why do we have so many programs for the same purpose to hire people? We have wasted too many dollars on such idiotic things. Why should each organization even have pots of money for such things. One good method should be enough. Some organizations are going crazy with 10 plus KSA's or 30 on line self assessment questions and then also ...more »
On the current USAJOBS site, there is little information about the individual employers outside of what is discussed in the specific job description. The Silver Search offering allows an employer to brand the header of the position listing, but doesn’t allow for much more. Deciding to work for an organization is a major life-changing decision for an individual. A college student may want to know about training and advancement ...more »
I was pleased to see that all you needed to do to share an idea here was to "log in" using a google or aol or some such account, now that's the ticket. Your on to something - simplicity. You need more of it, government job boards and resume registering are so convoluted and difficult. College transcripts, GPAs for degrees earned over twenty years ago. You fill out and reply pages of inane data and where does it ...more »
I would encourage OPM to leverage existing or create new collaboration vehicles to increase collaboration between job seekers and federal recruiters. Often the two groups are very disconnected although there is basic contact information (email/phone number) on job descriptions. Through collaboration, some of the same questions can be answered once and create repositories of knowledge. See business.gov as an interesting ...more »
I applied for several positions of which I had the qualifications, the experience and education including a masters degree, and I have never been nvited to an interview. Of the federal supervisors I have met socially through friends, I have found these supervisors have no formal education and the feds are using these type of people who select & hire and are less inclined to hire people who are better educated than they ...more »
OPM should live webcast all meetings for proposed rule making and regulations where the public comment should take place. They should make these meetings available for on demand viewing and have the ability to have that content be indexed for video search. By doing this the public and stakeholders will be able to see the inner workings of the rule making process and make the content and proceedings transparent to the ...more »