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A Virtual Hit

The "virtual information technology job fair," jointly sponsored by the federal CIO Council and the Office of Personnel Management, starts today — and it has already attracted the attention of thousands of jobseekers nationwide.

Monster.com, the largest employment Web site in the country, began running a banner ad for the job fair on its home page April 15, and within two days, the ad had received almost 20,000 hits, according to Pat Popovich, the deputy chief information officer for the State Department, who is organizing the online event for the CIO Council. "We are rolling," Popovich exulted about public response to the banner ad, which will also run at various times on HotJobs.com, Dice.com and Washington Jobs.com.

Twenty-six federal agencies — including the Defense Department and the National Gallery of Art — are participating in the job fair, which runs through April 26 on OPM's USAJobs Web site (www.usajobs.opm.gov).

The job fair will also put a new IT competency-based job profile, developed by OPM last year, to use on a pilot project basis, Popovich said. The profile tests applicants on such characteristics as interpersonal skills, problem solving, decision-making and project management, in addition to IT skills.

In Interior We Trust?

The Interior Department remains under watch.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ordered April 15 that Court Monitor Joseph Kieffer III continue to review all of Interior's American Indian trust fund activities as part of the long-running lawsuit against the department. In the past, Kieffer has criticized Interior's high-profile software system for failing to manage American Indian money.

In a recent blow to the agency, Special Master Alan Balaran found that trust records training for Interior employees has "utterly failed," according to a report submitted April 11. The "curricula add to the grievous perception that trust records deserve no more special care than an agency personnel file, a payroll record or a requisition for paper clips," Balaran said.

What Do You Think?

The National Archives and Records Administration wants to know what users think about the content and usability of its Internet sites. The agency plans to conduct user satisfaction research to better understand customer needs and identify areas on its sites that need improvement.

NARA officials said in an April 16 Federal Register notice that the agency is seeking a "three-year generic clearance" to conduct the survey. NARA is accepting comments on the plan until June 17.

3-D Space Cruise

Ever entertained fantasies of visiting space? The Imax Corp.'s latest movie offers a real — albeit Earth-based — taste.

The first-ever Imax 3-D space film chronicles the assembly of the International Space Station, taking viewers inside as astronauts and cosmonauts from the United States' Kennedy Space Center and Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome prepare the global home for scientific research.

On top of their regular duties, the space station's crew members played filmmakers, operating the Imax 3-D cameras.

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