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USAJobs website to be renovated in October

Aug. 31, 2011 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
USAJobs.gov will be offline from Oct. 6 to 12 as OPM transitions 5 billion rows of data from Monster.com to government servers.
USAJobs.gov will be offline from Oct. 6 to 12 as OPM transitions 5 billion rows of data from Monster.com to government servers. (USAJobs.gov)

The government's primary hiring website, USAJobs.gov, will get an overhaul, including a streamlined jobs-application process. The renovated website will go public Oct. 13, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

Angela Bailey, OPM's deputy associate director for employee services, said USAJobs.gov will be offline from Oct. 6 to 12 as the agency transitions 5 billion rows of data from Monster.com to government servers.

She said no jobs will be posted during that time and OPM is working with agencies to extend the application deadline for jobs posted before Oct. 6.

Visitors to the site during that time will be greeted by a status update on the move.

She said by migrating the data to government servers and not having it comingle with a private corporation will keep the data more secure. Monster.com has been the target of cybersecurity attacks, including one it acknowledged in January 2009 in which personal information of website users was stolen.

OPM used open architecture to develop USAJobs.gov meaning that agencies and outside vendors can build on and expand the code and data to fit specific agency needs.

Bailey said applicants may not see a difference in the look of the site, but they will get better search results and will not be asked for data they have already entered.

Agencies will be able to mine the data on the site to strengthen their recruiting by targeting strong applicants by geography or hiring preference. It will also be easier for agencies to notify applicants where they are in the hiring process.

"It gives you the opportunity to reach out to folks in a more strategic manner," Bailey said.

She said the site will allow OPM to post reports and data points of interest to agencies and applicants and collect data faster than before.

"The whole concept is to give instant information," Bailey said.

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