Hiring and Firing Policies

DHS restructures IT workforce

The Homeland Security Department is restructuring its workforce to achieve a more even balance between federal information technology personnel and contractors.

Sexting case outcome changes the rules on workplace privacy

Supreme Court rules that government employers can look at private messages on employer-owned equipment, as long as they have a legitimate reason to do so.

Message from agencies: Don't work here!

Federal agencies, mired in outdated technology and bureaucratic management, are their own worst enemies in efforts to hire and retain top talent.

Tales from the federal hiring labyrinth: Readers tell their stories

An information technology professional who expressed his frustration at trying to find a job in government finds plenty of kindred souls among GCN readers.

Do federal hiring processes discourage qualified applicants?

Although officials lament the shortage of qualified IT security professionals to fill critical roles in government ranks, one frustrated applicant complains that cumbersome hiring policies discourage those who want the jobs.

VA scandal brings out the critics and cynics

Numerous readers have written to say that they are not surprised about recent allegations of misconduct at the Veterans Affairs Department.

DOD, OPM conclude Defense personnel system needs overhaul

The National Security Personnel System should be rebuilt because of systemic problems, a task force finds.