Contractor fired after criticizing USAJobs

An Oracle manager loses his job a few days after his comments appear in a newspaper.

USAJobs: Lesson or warning?

OPM's USAJobs experience reignites perennial insourcing/outsourcing debate.

Questions are being raised about an OPM system failure that affected 70K job applications

Readers of FCW are having strong reactions to the stories on the Office of Personnel Management's system failure that resulted in 70,000 job applications going unprocessed.

Potential debt limit fallout paints bleak picture for feds, contractors

If Congress fails to raise the government's debt limit before the Aug. 2 deadline, the federal government would face an unprecedented situation and federal employees are bound to be affected.

Federal IT leaders receive AFFIRM awards

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra and other government executives were honored at AFFIRM's leadership awards luncheon.

Why breaking rank is sometimes a good thing

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry recounts how one employee saved the day by ignoring agency protocol.

What your customers face if the shutdown comes

Although President Barack Obama has repeatedly denounced a government shutdown in recent weeks, officials in his administration say they are cognizant that funding for the government expires April 8 and contingency plans are being prepared.

OPM's security clearance reformer retires

Kathy Dillaman, the Office of Personnel Management official in charge of reforming the security clearance process, retired Monday after 35 years of government service, Federal Times reports.

OPM tries again to get word out about weather dismissals

OPM alerts employees today on early-release options tomorrow.

Want to advance, feds? Try the private sector.

Federal workers and private-sector employees differ in their views on their organizations' information flow, training and encouragement to improve operations.

Is your company on the Do Not Pay list?

The Obama administration is developing a governmentwide Do Not Pay List to track debarred contractors, deceased individuals and others ineligible for federal payments.

Industry embraces telework

Federal information technology workers were much less likely than their private-sector counterparts to regularly or exclusively telework despite having favorable opinions of telecommuting, according to a report released today.

KSAs and hiring reform in government

OPM's new leader wants to reform the hiring system so that greater numbers of qualified candidates can compete for jobs.

Northrop wins $100M OPM follow-on BPA award

Northrop Grumman Corp. will help the Office of Personnel Management electronically convert and store federal employee records under a follow-on five-year blanket purchase agreement that could be worth as much as $100 million.

Government to close again Thursday


Feds brace for another storm

Another massive snowstorm threatens the Washington metropolitan area, overwhelms OPM's Web site, closes the federal government and sparks telework complaints.

OPM cuts security-clearance processing time

The investigation period has been decreased from a year to just under 40 days, according to testimony given by OPM Director John Berry before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee. But some still say more can be done.