You’re a high profile executive in the technology industry with a record of innovation–and suddenly are being quietly considered by the White House as a potential candidate for an upcoming presidential appointment.

Naturally, the FBI is tasked with putting together a report, assessing your fitness for the position and looking for potential skeletons in your closet. Keep reading →

Federal agencies looking to attract the next generation of technically-inclined leaders have their work cut out for them, but may also have a window of opportunity, according to new analysis of college students’ plans released this week by the Partnership for Public Service.

Based on a survey of 35,401 students from 599 colleges and universities across the nation, the Partnership found that just 6% of students intend to work in federal, state or local government–and the percentage was even lower among students majoring in technical areas. Keep reading →

There has been a big focus on improving federal recruitment and hiring during the past two years, particularly for some mission-critical occupations. But this is only half the battle. More than ever, federal agencies must also spend time, attention and resources to retain key talent.

Employee attrition in the federal government historically has been quite low, but ignoring the importance of employee turnover, particularly in an environment of budget cuts and hiring constraints, would be a mistake for government managers, workforce planners and human resources professionals. Keep reading →

Last month marked the one-year anniversary of the Obama administration’s initiative to speed up the time it takes to fill federal job vacancies. So, how has government fared in the past year?

Overall, progress has been made in the federal hiring process. Where it once took government an average of 122 days to fill a position, it now takes 105. Keep reading →

Despite some notable improvements over the past year by the Office of Personnel Management to streamline the process for federal hiring, federal job seekers are still often frustrated with, overwhelmed by or puzzled over the complex federal hiring process.

Agency recruiters and prospective job seekers may find at least some insights in how to more successfully navigate that process in a new book, “Find Your Federal Job Fit.” Keep reading →

Human resource executives expressed doubt Wednesday about attracting and retaining top talent needed to drive innovation, particularly in the current economic climate.

“We are in competition for high demand talent,” said Anne Manganaro, Director of the Office of Strategic Human Capital for the National Reconnaissance Office. “With cuts to the military and potential reductions in DoD on the civilian side, it will be even more difficult. When it comes to a pipeline of technical talent, we’re in a national crisis. It’s effecting out ability to grow. That’s what keeps me up at night.” Keep reading →

How many job seekers say, “I want to work for an organization with a poor reputation?” Or, “I want to work at a place where employees don’t get any personal or professional satisfaction?”

Whether looking for a government job or a position in the private sector, the answer is the same. Not many! Keep reading →

As college students, we keep hearing that “times are tough.” In the midst of economic uncertainty, we are studying hard, networking and trying to keep our resumes fresh. We want to work, and for those of us with a passion for public service, the government is our first choice for employment. The problem is that government employment might not be available.

GovLoop member, Amanda Parker, recently completed her Master’s of Public Policy program. Through sacrifice and dedication to her work — and what Parker admits was a stroke of good luck — she secured an internship that she called her “dream job” at a federal agency. Alas, due to budget constraints, she’s afraid her agency won’t be able to convert her to a full-time employee upon completion. Keep reading →

The federal government’s centralized job site,, is in the final stages of a sweeping overhaul that will reduce a chronic complaint by applicants–the need to re-enter profile data–and give federal manages a better picture of potential candidates.

When it debuts officially October 13, the new version of will also represent a significant step forward in data security and integration, according to Angela Bailey, associate director of employee services, at the Office of Personnel Management, which maintains the jobs site. Keep reading →

What benefit does LinkedIn have for federal government employers looking to hire and government employees looking to be hired, either in the private sector or in government?

Plenty. Keep reading →

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