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OPM weighs USAJobs options

Office of Personnel Management officials are weighing their options before deciding how to proceed with the agency's USAJobs Web site after a contract award to redesign the site kicked off a series of legal maneuvers.

In January, OPM announced that it had selected TMP Worldwide Government Services Inc. (now Monster Government Solutions) to redesign and operate the USAJobs site. One of the losing bidders, Symplicity Corp., subsequently filed a protest with the General Accounting Office that was upheld in a decision handed down April 29.

OPM officials then asked GAO to reconsider its decision, but on May 19, the agency denied OPM's request. OPM now must tell GAO whether it plans to accept GAO's recommendations, which include reopening discussions with vendors whose quotations were in the competitive range.

According to an OPM spokesman, agency officials are considering their options. "A natural milestone has been reached," he said. "We've gotten to a point where a loss of a few days" will not have much impact on the project.

GAO: Workforce flexibilities need attention

Human resources directors said the Office of Personnel Management could do a better job of helping them understand, identify and use the personnel flexibilities that are available to agencies, according to a General Accounting Office report released last week.

The flexibilities, such as recruiting and retention programs, are designed to help agencies better manage their workforces. Although OPM has taken some action to help agencies, such as developing a Web-based clearinghouse of information on some human resource management best practices, more can be done, according to GAO.

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