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  • Really??
    Big Joe
    Really?? Freeze my pay....freeze all cash awards..... Freeze all promotions.... Change my retirement contribution amount...... Bash Federal workers at every turn...... Endless talk about downsizing and RIF's.... Yep, lets make it easier for folks to come on board because its such a great and rewarding place to work!!!
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  • Actually applications for federal employment have increased exponentially...
    fedHRXpert
    Some base the exponential increase in applications for federal jobs on the dreary employment market in the private sector but the fact is applicants for federal jobs have been steadily increasing for the past 30+ years! Even before the Internet we had hundreds of applications for each vacancy. Yeah, sure agencies did advertise jobs for only 3 days or failed to advertise them on USAJobs which resulted in perhaps a handful of preferenced applications but for the most part agency HR offices have been drowning in applications for federal jobs for over 30 yrs! So much that many agencies simply quit notifying applicants on the status of their applications or issuing nonselect letters, etc. Initiatives to assist HR offices in dealing with the time consuming processing of increasing high numbers of applicants prompted OPM to demonstrate some leadership in reforming the federal application process. Short of dismantling the current federal hiring process which HROs and the OPM have agreed should be done (and replace it with what and when...)OPM took the initiative and simply revising and renaming current and past federal hiring programs and announcing them as new and more efficient hiring programs. The ill-fated Federal Career Intern Program developed by OPM in collaboration with Human Capital Officers was struck down by the courts allowed 100,000 noncompetitive appnts without regard to veterans preference for a wide range of jobs 2001-2010. The Pathway to Federal Jobs (which by the way restricts veteran preference to just 6 yrs and will soon be tested in court)is just a revised version of the old Student Career Experience Program, etc. The highly publicized and awaited overhaul of the USAJobs had little to do with streamlining the federal application and hiring process but more to do with relieving Human Capital Offices from the mundane, laborious and time-consuming administrative processes such as issuing status of applications to applicants etc. So, while the process of hiring reform has really yet to begin, there are several small changes that OPM can make that would streamline the hiring process now to benefit applicants. Problem is, making it easier for applicants to apploy then again would only engender additional applicants! Yet there are other options in the current federal hiring process but most agencies have yet to use because they don't know how or as Human Capital Officers tell me - OPM has not provided that training to us or our staffs....
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  • are you kidding?
    t-man
    brain drain??? for every announcement we put out on the street we get something like 800 resumes. Nonsense. Maybe there's some truth to the scientific/medical/engineering professions, but rank and file cube-dwellers? Ridiculous. Despite the efforts to curb our benefits, working for Uncle Same is still a good gig, relatively safe/stable. Sure, there are many folks who are eligible to go now and in the next few years, but (1) will they and (2) not the end of the world if they do. Again, for every announcement we put out we have hundreds. Many of whom are well qualified.
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  • Time to go
    deployed decoy
    Target, repeat 10 rounds, Big Joe. Again, T Man you are smarter than the average voter is. And I bet willing to work for more than just food and refrigerator box to live in. I am going to add the 800 names. First, I need to note several agencies still use stovepipe systems. AVEU has to be the cruelest thing I have ever seen. I just applied for a job this week that had 8 or 10 essay questions, that was after I spent hours recreating my profile because apparently they changed the entire AVEU enterprise again, nothing I had in the site last year or attempted to import from USAJOB would stick. I balked on using all 4000 characters in these 8 essay questions, and just put in those blocks where to read this in my USAJOB resume I converted to PDF and uploaded. The defunct Army RESUMIX system, hurray replaced with USAJOBS, showed everyone how many people applied. Generally 100s. Just being referred was a trip because long ago the list of super secret KEY words was passed out at military spouse job placement centers, sponsored by the Army. These spouses then got referred because they had five or six words in the resume. That issue aside, should one of those priority to GS13 spouses be blocking the person the electing official wanted to hire, they just cancelled the recruitment, repeat as needed until by some miracle the preselected good ole friend floated to some referral list that allowed they be hired. This is still going on. More than few desks have been empty in my unit for a year. They keep cancelling the recruitments. I suggest if a formal hire action is cancelled twice and there were five or more highly qualified candidates referred, that FTE position is simply revoked. Never to be filled again by any person, federal, contracted or military. I have also witnessed twice in the last couple years a GS12/13 position filled at the GS13 step 10 level when that preselected insider did get around those blocking them it was straight to the top of the position. In two more cases I witnessed 30% disabled Vet priority overlooked. In one case two very good friends cohabitating got each other promoted to very high GS grades. There are lots of problems with the way federal employees are hired. Those 400 days to fill however, I see as management doing the bad because their preselected insider was being blocked.
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  • Time to go
    deployed decoy
    Target, repeat 10 rounds, Big Joe. Again, T Man you are smarter than the average voter is. And I bet willing to work for more than just food and refrigerator box to live in. I am going to add the 800 names. First, I need to note several agencies still use stovepipe systems. AVEU has to be the cruelest thing I have ever seen. I just applied for a job this week that had 8 or 10 essay questions, that was after I spent hours recreating my profile because apparently they changed the entire AVEU enterprise again, nothing I had in the site last year or attempted to import from USAJOB would stick. I balked on using all 4000 characters in these 8 essay questions, and just put in those blocks where to read this in my USAJOB resume I converted to PDF and uploaded. The defunct Army RESUMIX system, hurray replaced with USAJOBS, showed everyone how many people applied. Generally 100s. Just being referred was a trip because long ago the list of super secret KEY words was passed out at military spouse job placement centers, sponsored by the Army. These spouses then got referred because they had five or six words in the resume. That issue aside, should one of those priority to GS13 spouses be blocking the person the electing official wanted to hire, they just cancelled the recruitment, repeat as needed until by some miracle the preselected good ole friend floated to some referral list that allowed they be hired. This is still going on. More than few desks have been empty in my unit for a year. They keep cancelling the recruitments. I suggest if a formal hire action is cancelled twice and there were five or more highly qualified candidates referred, that FTE position is simply revoked. Never to be filled again by any person, federal, contracted or military. I have also witnessed twice in the last couple years a GS12/13 position filled at the GS13 step 10 level when that preselected insider did get around those blocking them it was straight to the top of the position. In two more cases I witnessed 30% disabled Vet priority overlooked. In one case two very good friends cohabitating got each other promoted to very high GS grades. There are lots of problems with the way federal employees are hired. Those 400 days to fill however, I see as management doing the bad because their preselected insider was being blocked.
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  • Time to go
    deployed decoy
    Target, repeat 10 rounds, Big Joe. Again, T Man you are smarter than the average voter is. And I bet willing to work for more than just food and refrigerator box to live in. I am going to add the 800 names. First, I need to note several agencies still use stovepipe systems. AVEU has to be the cruelest thing I have ever seen. I just applied for a job this week that had 8 or 10 essay questions, that was after I spent hours recreating my profile because apparently they changed the entire AVEU enterprise again, nothing I had in the site last year or attempted to import from USAJOB would stick. I balked on using all 4000 characters in these 8 essay questions, and just put in those blocks where to read this in my USAJOB resume I converted to PDF and uploaded. The defunct Army RESUMIX system, hurray replaced with USAJOBS, showed everyone how many people applied. Generally 100s. Just being referred was a trip because long ago the list of super secret KEY words was passed out at military spouse job placement centers, sponsored by the Army. These spouses then got referred because they had five or six words in the resume. That issue aside, should one of those priority to GS13 spouses be blocking the person the electing official wanted to hire, they just cancelled the recruitment, repeat as needed until by some miracle the preselected good ole friend floated to some referral list that allowed they be hired. This is still going on. More than few desks have been empty in my unit for a year. They keep cancelling the recruitments. I suggest if a formal hire action is cancelled twice and there were five or more highly qualified candidates referred, that FTE position is simply revoked. Never to be filled again by any person, federal, contracted or military. I have also witnessed twice in the last couple years a GS12/13 position filled at the GS13 step 10 level when that preselected insider did get around those blocking them it was straight to the top of the position. In two more cases I witnessed 30% disabled Vet priority overlooked. In one case two very good friends cohabitating got each other promoted to very high GS grades. There are lots of problems with the way federal employees are hired. Those 400 days to fill however, I see as management doing the bad because their preselected insider was being blocked.
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  • BRAIN DRAIN
    FEDMBA
    When I hear people talking about the "brain drain", I am sickened. Those of us that have had to come into federal jobs after long careers in the private sector are looked down on, and even buried because we don't have "time in grade", despite 4-6 years of college more than those promoted because of t-i-g. Start recognizing that we have depth and breadth of experience, knowledge, and wisdom, and start looking at qualifications instead of just being present, then we can have a serious discussion about talent.
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