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    Master the New USAJOBS

    Master the New USAJOBS
    Last month, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) unveiled a long-awaited update to USAJOBS.gov, the key hub for careers in the federal government. One of the most vocal frustrations with USAJOBS in the past was its confusing layout. The new landing page attempts to address this with a much cleaner interface. We wondered how USAJOBS would improve the website experience in ...
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    Job Fairs: Fast Track to Federal Careers

    Job Fairs: Fast Track to Federal Careers
    If you’re in a rush to get hired (and what job seeker isn’t?), attend federal job fairs. Why? Because many federal employers recruit at job fairs via fast-track hiring procedures, which may even include on-the-spot offers. What’s more, many of the jobs and internships that are filled at job fairs are never advertised anywhere else. Federal employers frequently participate in several ...
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    Detailed Salary Table of the GS Pay Scale - 2008

    [widget:gs_pay_scale_articles] INCORPORATING THE 2.50% GENERAL SCHEDULE INCREASE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2008 Annual Rates by Grade and Step Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10 WITHIN GRADE AMOUNTS 1 17046 17615 18182 18746 19313 19646 20206 20771 20793 21324 VARIES 2 19165 19621 20255 20793 21025 21643 22261 ...
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    Management Matters: Turn Styles

    Management Matters: Turn Styles
    The broad, sometimes little-defined concept of change - especially as it relates to improving government management - was a central theme of the 2008 presidential election. Now our new president is faced with having to make good on the promise of change during one of the most challenging economic environments the nation has seen since the Great Depression. The question is ...
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    How Much Should You Save?

    How Much Should You Save?
    If you're 40 or younger, it's tough to predict how much money you might need when retirement is decades away. A few key calculations, however, can help you make sure your savings plan is on track. Saving Depends on Life Stage Rebecca Pace, a Cincinnati-based financial planner and CPA, recommends putting aside at least 10 percent of your income when you're ...
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    Five Ways to Cut Your Commuting Costs

    Five Ways to Cut Your Commuting Costs
    Ever wonder how much money you can save by cutting your commuting costs? How about enough to pay for two trips to Ireland plus several major home improvements? As chief of marketing for the Maryland Transit Administration, Buddy Alves set out to see how much money he and his wife could save on their commute from the Baltimore suburbs to their ...
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    4 Federal Careers for Guardsmen

    4 Federal Careers for Guardsmen
    As a member of the National Guard, you’ve worked in Iraq under tremendous pressure, performed the highest level of teamwork, ensured safety on the ground, and worked in complex international environments. And, with this military experience, you can add at least five points to your federal application scores. This can help you rise above some of the competition. The benefits with ...
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    OPM Announces Reorganization

    OPM Announces Reorganization
    An announcement from the Office of Personnel Management yesterday about their reorganization: OPM Reorganizes to Better Meet the Needs of Its Customers Washington, DC - In order to help fulfill President Obama's promise to make the Federal government more transparent and customer friendly, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has undergone a major reorganization. It became effective with the signing ...
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    Highway Money Dries Up, Furloughs Could Start Tuesday

    Highway Money Dries Up, Furloughs Could Start Tuesday
    Inaction by the Senate to pass a short-term highway funding bill may cause the Department of Transportation to furlough nearly 4,000 employees nationwide starting Tuesday. With no extension, the Department of Transportation will cutoff payments to state highway programs as well as the Federal Transit Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These programs are paid ...
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    Vendors Face Smaller Profit Margins From Government Work

    You can tick off a list of federal project failures from the FBI's Virtual Case File to the Homeland Security Department's E-Merge program that dot the history of acquisition. Add to that the famous examples such as the $500 hammer and the $1,000 toilet seat, and you can see how the perception that the government can't buy economically even if the ...
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    GSA Makes Its Case That The Government is a Good Buyer

    As commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service, I often hear the phrase, "The government is a bad buyer." I have a different perspective. FAS works with more than $50 billion a year in taxpayer money. By serving as the government's central acquisition source, the General Services Administration has for six decades provided customers with efficient and best value products, services and ...
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    Vets: Get Hired with Help from the VA's New Aquisition Academy

    Vets: Get Hired with Help from the VA's New Aquisition Academy
    GovCentral has learned of a very exciting, free opportunity for job-seeking veterans. Learn how to get better results from your federal government employment search strategy. Get more leads, more calls, and more opportunities using the knowledge, skills, and tools you acquire from the experts. FREE - even food is provided! Don't miss out on this amazing face-to-face opportunity. When and Where ...
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    GovCentral's Featured Writers

    Much of GovCentral's content is written by critically acclaimed, professional writers on the government sector. Whether we're working with with authors, bloggers or long-time DoD managers, GovCentral aims to deliver you the highest quality content on the web. Browse our list of Featured Writers below. Click to their websites, and get to know them better! Johnathon S. Feit Jonathon Feit is ...
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    Temporary Jobs Forecast: 2009-2010

    Temporary Jobs Forecast: 2009-2010
    As usual, contingent hiring is expected to be a bellwether for the broader labor economy. “We expect to see improvement for temporary workers before we see it anywhere else,” says Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute. “But that’s not happening yet. We’re still seeing declines in temp help services, though they’re much smaller declines.” As the economy sputters ...
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    Full Speed Hiring (but not so fast)!

    Full Speed Hiring (but not so fast)!
    Before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, most U.S. airport security was aimed at making sure people didn't bring guns on board or try to hijack aircraft to Cuba or Libya. These were serious concerns because they had happened before. Editor's Note: Mike's column today is part of FederalNewsRadio's special report, 5 Fallacies of Government? All this week we examine commonly held beliefs ...
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    NSPS Ending One Cycle, Planning the Next One

    NSPS Ending One Cycle, Planning the Next One
    As you might already know, September and October are important times in the performance management cycle. Employees and supervisors are ending one cycle and planning for the next one. The Department of Defense recently announced the release of the Performance Appraisal Application 3.0 (PAA v3.0), which will go live on September 28th, 2008. This plan is being created to assist employees ...
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    Networking Secret #2: Make Business Relationships Personal

    Networking Secret #2: Make Business Relationships Personal
    The most common mistake people make when building relationships for success is treating business contacts differently than personal friends. Just think for a moment about the people you work with on a professional level who are also close, personal friends. Aren't they always more forgiving when you slip up and more helpful when you're in need? Of course! I guarantee your ...
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    Application Follow-Up Advice

    You've sent your resume to three (or 16 or 110) prospective employers, so you've done your part. Now all you have to do is sit back and wait for the phone to ring. But why is nothing happening? We've got news for you: Your phone will never ring. The fact you sent your resume in response to job postings means very ...
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    NSPS Pay and Compensation

    Under NSPS there are five ways employees can receive a pay increase: • (Local Market Supplement (LMS) – Under NSPS, the LMS replaces locality pay and special salary rates. Employees are eligible for an LMS adjustment if they have a rating of record of Level 2 (Fair) or higher. [widget:nsps__ndaa_guide] • *Rate Range Adjustment* – A change in the minimum or ...
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    Government Jobs: Extra Effort Can Pay Off

    Government Jobs: Extra Effort Can Pay Off
    Do you want an employer with an established reputation? Are good benefits and an even better retirement plan important to you? Do you want to make a difference? Consider a career with Uncle Sam. [gate] The federal government is on a hiring spree and will be for the foreseeable future. "There's a huge need to get high-quality, top talent working for ...
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