Commerce puts HR on the Web

Commerce puts HR on the Web

Commerce Department managers can access human resources information on the Web by using the Human Resources Data System.

More than 1,000 employees are using the system, said Michael Cohen, project manager for the Human Resources Department.

The Human resources staff worked with chief information officer Roger Baker's office for nearly two years on the system, which went online in January, Cohen said.

The system, which generates 140 preformatted reports, contains information on employee performance, retirement planning, salaries and diversity, he said.

It also lets managers find financial and budget information, updated every two weeks with data from the Personnel Payroll System of the Agriculture Department's National Finance Center, he said. A statistical query and a download let users create custom reports, Cohen said.'The system has a high security level, he said.

The new system is encrypted and written in Java using Java Servlet. The system resides on an IBM 9672 model R36 mainframe running IBM OS/390 Version 2.5.

The Web server runs Lotus Domino GO Version 5.0. The application uses a Java Database Connectivity link to a back-end database created in Oracle8. Printing is accomplished via Adobe Acrobat 4.0.

Users access the system from Pentium PCs over the department's intranet using Netscape Communicator 4.7 or Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher browsers.

''More than 2.6 million registered, abandoned, canceled or expired trademarks can be researched online using the Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Electronic Search System.

Those searching the database have access to the same records found in the agency's X-Search system, which the office's attorneys use to examine trademark applications, officials said.

TESS recently replaced the online trademark search database that PTO released in August 1998.

''The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will assist the Federal Aviation Administration in its attempt to reduce the number of weather-related flight delays, officials said.

A Collaborative Convective Forecast Product will be used via the Internet to help personnel at the National Air Traffic Control System Command Center in Herndon, Va., make decisions about flight routes in bad weather.

The process starts at the Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City, Mo., where meteorologists develop storm forecasts, officials said. Then airline meteorologists and FAA personnel study the graphically enhanced forecasts via the Web to make routing decisions.

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