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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

When Gov"t Tries To Outdo The Corporate World

This would be laughable if it weren't for the fact that I paid for the colossal mess:
Error: USAJobs.gov
Wall Street Journal editorial

Americans in search of federal employment can go to a website called USAJobs.gov, which matches openings with applicants. Since 2004, the feds have outsourced the site's operation to Monster.com. Good call by whoever was in charge in 2004. Monster.com is the private company that pioneered employment websites and is today the largest job search engine in the world.

But 18 months ago the "smart" Obama Office of Personnel Management decided the federal government could do a better job of running USAJobs.gov. It spent some $6 million developing a new in-house version of the site, promising to improve the job-search experience. It unveiled its creation two weeks ago. It's a monster all right.

The volume of requests instantly crushed government servers, slowed the system and locked out thousands of applicants. Naturally, the site has a Facebook page. Naturally, the comment queue is boiling over. Examples:

"Why am I having to do the same search 3 times before anything shows up?" "Over one week now and I still haven't received my password reset email!!" "USAJOBS WEB SITE IS A DISASTER!" "I entered Delaware and got Germany jobs and all of the Forest Service."

Director John Berry says job seekers will get an additional three weeks to meet application deadlines. Monster.com has graciously offered to host free job postings for federal agencies for 30 days, as the government reboots its "improved" website. Better yet, the Obama team could turn over fixing USAJobs to the folks at Occupy Wall Street. [link]
I'd bet a dollar to a donut that site construction was contracted out to one of Obama's big donors.  So it isn't all bad.  Right?

Our president got what he wanted, right?