OPM making progress on two e-gov projects

The Office of Personnel Management is awaiting bids from nine vendors to upgrade its USAjobs.opm.gov Web site by the end of December.

Norm Enger, OPM's e-government project manager, said the E-Recruitment team selected nine vendors from an initial set of 62 to provide a commercial system to enhance the employment Web site.

E-Recruitment is one of five e-government projects OPM is managing under the Quicksilver initiatives.

In June, OPM released a request for information and, from those responses, selected nine companies to compete. OPM issued the request for proposals Oct. 18 and bids are due Nov. 7. Enger said he expects an award to be made in early December.

The agency wants to outsource day-to-day operations and maintenance of the system and streamline how users find vacancies, submit resumes online and track applications through the hiring process.

Enger also said OPM is finalizing agreements with two teams, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and the General Services Administration, and the Agriculture Department's National Finance Center and the Interior Department's Federal Personnel Payroll System, to provide payroll services to the entire federal government.

OPM wants to consolidate 22 payroll systems to four under the E-Payroll e-government project, which is another of OPM's Quicksilver projects.

Enger said he hopes to announce the agreements around Nov. 14 and have an education forum about a week later so agencies, if needed, can decide on their new payroll provider by the end of December.

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