OPM takes step into virtual world

OPM takes step into virtual world

By Dipka Bhambhani

GCN Staff

APRIL 30—The Office of Personnel Management has put the first batch of information from its Central Personnel Data File, Uncle Sam's governmentwide human resources information system, on the Internet.

Frequently requested personnel items, such as federal workers' age distribution, most common occupations and salary data, are now accessible at www.fedscope.opm.gov. Previously, the information could be obtained only in hard-copy reports or by phoning OPM.

People did not have direct access before, said Ralph Nenni, a data systems manager for OPM. 'If people couldn't go to our hard-copy report, an analyst would have to program a report,' he said. 'This is going to make things a lot easier to handle, like those 80 percent of recurring requests.'

Nenni said he expects a second rollout of agency-specific information to be available by the end of the summer.

OPM provides statistical information about the federal work force to the White House, Congress, agencies and the public.

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