USAJobs.gov site to be overhauled

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The federal government’s biggest hiring Web site, USAJobs.gov, is getting an overhaul that should make the job-application process easier, personnel officials said Wednesday.

The site will be offline from Oct. 6 to 12 while the Office of Personnel Management transfers billions of pieces of data to government servers from the site’s current home at Monster.com.

No new jobs will be posted during the transition, and OPM officials are working with agencies to extend the application deadlines for jobs posted on the site before it comes down, said Angela Bailey, associate director for employee services.

The government decided to bring the Web site in-house to keep job data more secure, since Monster had been the target of cybersecurity attacks, Bailey said.

The site costs about $6 million a year to operate, officials with OPM said. The agency is investing another $6 million in upgrades this year, but expects to see a savings of $5 million over five years from bringing the site in-house, spokesman Edmund D. Byrnes said.

One improvement for job seekers is that they won’t have to enter their personal and professional data multiple times when applying. Also, for the first time, they will be notified regularly of the status of their application, Bailey said.

The revamped site also will have more sophisticated tools to help agencies recruit. For example, human resources officials will be able to mine the data to target applications by hiring preference or by where they live.

Now, “it can take months to get those reports,” Bailey said. “If we want to know how many people applied for a job, we will find out quickly.”

Lisa Rein covers the federal workforce and issues that concern the management of government.

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