New USAJobs site to get more servers, OPM chief tells labor-management meeting

The Office of Personnel Management will add more server capacity to support the revamped USAJobs website, which has received more than 140,000 applications since its relaunch last week, OPM Director John Berry said Wednesday.

Berry was speaking at the October meeting of the Federal Labor-Management Relations Council, where OPM also responded to performance management recommendations from September.

Berry said the government's new jobs website is consistently serving 94 percent of visitors. Still, his office is working with federal agencies to extend most job openings for three weeks to accommodate applicants who have had technical difficulties.

"We're getting feedback from users about what's working and what isn't," Berry said.

"User feedback was essential to designing the upgrade, and it's been essential to identifying issues over the last eight days," he said. "We're going to keep working until we get this right."

Justin Johnson, OPM's deputy chief of staff, said recommendations presented at last month's meeting, including new leadership training programs and a performance management integration board, must involve feedback throughout the year from employee representatives and management associations.

"It is really important that we get this right -- the idea is that the labor representatives need to be at the table in some point in the process. We need to figure out where that is for each agency," Johnson said.

The council expressed concern that agencies would deem another recommendation, the quarterly review, as a burdensome administrative task.

"If it's not implemented well, it's not going to add value," Johnson said. "We need to figure out the best way to handle it and make it clear that we're asking for a process that works."

Although the council has not finalized the report, both OPM and the Energy Department have agreed to adopt the recommendations early.

Johnson strongly encouraged other agencies to follow suit and begin implementing the recommendations.

The council's next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 16.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

    Download
  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

    Download
  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

    Download
  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

    Download
  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.