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GPS companies clash with LightSquared, each other at public meeting

November 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Global Positioning System companies remain split on the best way to contend with LightSquared. Representatives from three GPS-based companies spoke alongside LightSquared Executive Vice President Martin Harriman during the two-hour panel discussion, which was part of a National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board meeting in Alexandria, Va. The...

Resume uploads to be next USAJobs focus, OPM says

November 8, 2011 After addressing capacity and help desk issues plaguing the Oct. 11 relaunch of USAJobs, the Office of Personnel Management now is turning its attention to the job search site's resume-uploading feature. During the Chief Human Capital Officers Council's monthly public meeting, Kathy Dillaman, senior policy adviser to the director, announced...

Merit board advises equal treatment for teleworkers and office employees

November 7, 2011 Federal agencies should take care to treat teleworkers and nonteleworkers equally, according to a recent report from the Merit Systems Protection Board. The report, which the quasi-judicial independent agency released to President Obama and Congress, identifies the proven benefits of teleworking and advocates for the practice to be widely implemented....

Air Force to cut officers, spur early retirement, news report says

November 4, 2011 The Air Force plans to cut 436 captains and majors from their ranks by March 2012, Federal News Radio reported. The move is part of a reduction-in-force initiative that the service says is necessary "in order to meet the Air Force's congressionally mandated end-strength of 332,800 officers and enlisted Airmen...

OPM responds to USAJobs complaints

November 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Officials from the Office of Personnel Management apologized Thursday for technical difficulties at the recently relaunched website for government job listings and applications, but pointed to user error as the source of many of the problems. "We made some mistakes," OPM Director John Berry said at a media briefing. "There...

OPM responds to USAJobs complaints

November 3, 2011 Officials from the Office of Personnel Management apologized Thursday for technical difficulties at the recently relaunched website for government job listings and applications, but pointed to user error as the source of many of the problems. "We made some mistakes," OPM Director John Berry said at a media briefing. "There...

Defense offered buyouts to 35 senior executives

November 3, 2011 The Defense Department offered a limited number of buyouts to civilian senior executives in August and September in an effort to eliminate or downgrade 200 senior positions, a Defense spokeswoman told Government Executive. [Related: Buyout Watch] Of the 200 employees affected, 35 were eligible for Voluntary Early Retirement Authority or...

House approves bill giving flags to families of deceased federal employees

November 2, 2011 The House on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill that allows the U.S. government to present an American flag to the next-of-kin of civilian federal employees killed while performing official duties. The Civilian Service Recognition Act was first introduced in June by Reps. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., and Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., and...

Redesigned job search website attracts barrage of complaints

November 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the weeks since the latest upgrade to the online federal jobs board was unveiled to the public, the Office of Personnel Management has faced myriad user complaints. Readers of Government Executive have been less than impressed with USAJobs 3.0. Of the nearly 160 responses to an open-ended query as...

Redesigned job search website attracts barrage of complaints

November 1, 2011 In the weeks since the latest upgrade to the online federal jobs board was unveiled to the public, the Office of Personnel Management has faced myriad user complaints. Readers of Government Executive have been less than impressed with USAJobs 3.0. Of the nearly 160 responses to an open-ended query as...

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