Ed Powell replied to the topic What if we brought the top experts in HR to GovLoop? in the forum Human Resources 7 years, 9 months ago
This is still a good idea but what’s the point of posting good material if nobody is going to read it! I believe that your idea has some merit but I question its overall value given the fact that many in the federal HR community just don’t read and learn from the wealth of information available to them. This includes our “leader” (Which Way Did They Go) OPM.
Frustrated by their 20 years of failed efforts to fix a retirement system in shambles, OPM decided to fix something that wasn’t broken, USAJOBS. The end result was a far less functional, far more expensive system that remains confusing for job searchers because, for example, it doesn’t use Boolean algebra familiar to every user of YAHOO, GOOGLE, ASK, BING, etc. OPM defends itself, saying that they use the same search technology as CareerBuilder, however, this company uses a sophisticated mix of search technologies and abandoned the search product used by OPM a few years ago because it was too expensive to maintain. (The whole sad story is documented in material freely available on the web!) How could OPM NOT know this? They must not read.
Look at OPM’s latest decision to adopt TALEO as the technology for the troubled Presidential Management Fellows Program. How could THIS be a problem? It depends. Does OPM want to exclude the disabled from applying for this Program?
“Jeffrey Neal, chief human capital officer at DHS, told Wired Workplace on Monday that the tool, called TalentLink (aka TALEO), ‘was not working for the department. The problem wasn’t with the underlying software company,’ he said. ‘The company made a good product, but it was a product that wasn’t designed for the federal hiring process. We had to build so many workarounds into the process that it wasn’t saving the kind of time that we wanted it to save.’”
Repeat, “a product that wasn’t designed for the federal hiring process.” That’s harsh!!
One of those federal deficiencies was that, after years of trying, TALEO could not pass compliance tests of accessibility and was therefore not compliant with federal 508 accessibility REQUIREMENTS. Did the fact that ORACLE recently bought TALEO instantly fix everything that was broken and couldn’t be fixed after years of trying and 10s of millions of dollars spent by DHS? Sadly NO!
But how could OPM know of Jeff Neal’s studied conclusions? Jeff Neal headed up the HRIT Group of the federal CHCO Council and received OPM’s CHCO of the Year Award during that same period
Just as “there are none are so blind as those who will not see,” there are none so dumb as those who will not read valuable information at their fingertips!
Good luck Andrew, assemble those experts, have them write away even if their “pearls of wisdom” are more like a tree falling deep the forest, soundless, because no one is around to hear it.
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