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The Top 9 Websites for Government Employees and Job-Seekers

The Top 9 Websites for Government Employees and Job-Seekers

Currin Berdine | GovCentral

Government Department, Agency and Stimulus-Watch Websites

(Besides GovCentral!)

You can go to nearly any source – from CNN to Drudge Report – to find the latest political news and Federal current events. But where can your find the hard data supporting all the media headlines (and hype)?


Recovery.gov

http://www.recovery.gov

In an effort to maintain the transparency and accountability promised during the Presidential campaign, the Obama Administration launched Recovery.gov. The site is a searchable database of how and where tax dollars are spent as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

It is refreshing to see such a clear presentation of where the tax-payer money is going in this hefty plan – at least the attempt to be transparent is refreshing.

Read about Recovery.gov

The best Recovery.gov tools:


States for a Transparent and Accountable Recovery

http://www.accountablerecovery.org/

STAR is like Recovery.gov, but is the official-unofficial Recovery Act source. It brings together helpful news and information from groups all over the country, spanning categories to give more broad insight. It is supported by labor and policy alliances and groups, so people can ensure that it isn’t the government speaking (which in this case is a good thing.)

Read more about STAR

The best States for a Transparent and Accountable Recovery tools:


USA.gov’s Blogs Index

http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Reference_Shelf/News/blog.shtml

Every Department and Agency seems to be coming out with the coolest new blog to keep people in-the-know on their projects. Bookmark this page to keep them all straight.

Our favorite blogs:

  • Evolution of Security – Five employees of the Transportation Security Administration blog to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on innovations in security, technology and the checkpoint screening process: (Go to Page)

  • Homeland Security Leadership Journal – This blog provides a forum to talk about DHS’s work to protect the American people, build an effective emergency preparedness and response capability, enforce immigration laws, and promote economic prosperity: (Go to Page)

  • Science Planet – The latest findings in the scientific literature and the policy decisions that influence how science is practiced. No jargon, just discovery: (Go to Page)

  • NASA Ames Research Center – Chief Information Officer Chris Kemp discusses information, policy, web development and more: (Go to Page)

  • NASA Goddard CIO Blog – NASA Goddard CIO, Linda Y. Cureton, blogs about technology, leadership, and being a Chief Information Office: (Go to Page)


Washington Post’s Federal Eye Column

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/

Few mainstream, big-publication writers seem to present the facts as intimately yet objectively as Ed O’Keefe. He gives you the best and most reliable information on what it is working like in all areas of the Federal Government. We check his column everyday!

(Go to Page)


Government Executive’s Discount Page

http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=42738&dcn=todays_most_popular

You mean working for the government has even more perks than National holidays off and awesome benefits? Woo hoo! Find discounts on everything from travel to computers through this user-submitted index.

(Go to Page)

BONUS: See the Top 10 Government Social Networking and 2.0 Sites >>


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    JSorling

    about 5 years ago

    10840 comments

    Thanks for the information on GovernmentSupportJobs.com.

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    DarkCoyote

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Another great site not on the list is GovernmentSupportJobs.com

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    Murdock

    over 5 years ago

    24 comments

    If a job seeker does not have internet access in todays economy then they probably don't belong working in the federal government. Knowing how to use a computer is not essential for every career. But come on people!!! lol Not having internet access is like saying I flunked out of high school and can barely read. hah

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    wtrowan

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    The comment above to the effect that Federal job seekers are "required to submit your application through USAJobs," is incorrect. Depending on the announcing agencies' application polices and procedures, applying through USAJOBS may (stress, may) be one way of applying, but OPM requires that alternatives to on-line application must be made available to applicants lacking internet access also. Many agencies, in addition, still use a hard copy application process, and are not equipped to handle automated submissions. This is why it's so important that applicants carefully read announcements to determine just what application venues are being used in any given announcement. The Federal hiring process is decentralized, with each agency being given wide latitude as to how they solicit applications, while OPM regulations specify what items must be addressed in any announcement (e.g., qualifications, how to apply, etc.), and requiring that announcements for competitive service vacancies be publicized to the general public on USAJOBS.

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