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What goes up, also comes down: Space Shuttle jobs ending

That was true of the Endeavour space shuttle, which landed Wednesday after completing its final mission.

The end of the Space Shuttle program also means its employment of federal workers will be going down. To help them find other government work, John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, is asking agency heads to “augment your current recruitment activities by participating” in efforts to assist shuttle program employees.

Berry said OPM is working with the National Aeronautics and Space

Administration to assist aerospace workers. This is part of OPM’s “continuing effort to promote Federal hiring in areas most adversely affected by current economic conditions,” he said in a May 27 memo to heads of executive departments and agencies, and human resource directors.

Berry said OPM will sponsor a job fair in Cocoa, Fla. in late July, which will include training on seeking positions listed on Also, NASA has created a Web site,, where federal agencies can post jobs and “find additional information about the skills of the available workforce.”

He told the agency heads that OPM will pay logistics costs for conducting the job fair, but the agencies must pay the expenses for staff members who attend.

Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.

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