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#1 Posted : Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:52:06 AM(UTC)
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I received a referral for this position; however, I have not heard anything since then. Does anyone have a status update for this position? It is located in Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA.

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#2 Posted : Monday, September 22, 2014 12:52:40 PM(UTC)
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Tough, not many DOE replies. Like you, I wanna ask questions about DOE, but I have no clue where to find any hires or employees.
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#3 Posted : Monday, September 22, 2014 1:31:17 PM(UTC)
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DOE forum is well-hidden on this site. That may keep information at a minimum. DOE is almost invisible on here. I had to look closely for it.
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#4 Posted : Monday, September 22, 2014 2:18:07 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: ASKITISGIVEN Go to Quoted Post
DOE forum is well-hidden on this site. That may keep information at a minimum. DOE is almost invisible on here. I had to look closely for it.


Yeah I know, took me a few times to look around to find it. I was surprised to find it in intell section, I figured it should have a folder of its own.

As you can, not many people post here, last time a good discussion came along was for OST. I can't find a thing on pre hiring process of NNSA, BPA, OST or anything.

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#5 Posted : Monday, September 22, 2014 2:27:10 PM(UTC)
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You may have quite a wait. Bonneville's DEU has been de-activated and taken over by OPM. oregonlive.com reports (July 2013):
"...BPA watchers have heard rumblings for months that the agency's hiring and human resources practices were under review, particularly its application of hiring preferences for veterans. The OIG report released Tuesday said that review was prompted by an anonymous complaint in June 2012.

But according to the OIG review and additional internal documents obtained by The Oregonian, the agency's problems with hiring are far more systemic. The fallout could require a remediation plan to ensure that all staffing decisions from 2010 to present adhere to merit system principles and avoid violations of civil service law.

The Office of Personnel Management's review of the agency turned up widespread and fundamental violations of federal hiring practices. According to documents obtained by The Oregonian, OPM evaluator Connie Langston wrote to BPA and DOE staff in late May saying the agency was vulnerable to legal challenges, violations of merit system principles and prohibited personnel practices. She listed more than two dozen BPA human resources specialists who were decertified and said staff "lack competencies in most fundamentals of Federal staffing.
...The OIG report released Tuesday confirmed those earlier findings and said there were prohibited personnel practices in 95 of BPA's 146 competitive recruitments -- 65 percent of those conducted -- between November 2010 to June 2012. The practices included "modifying the best qualified category after all applications were received," which excluded some veterans from selection. By law, veterans receive preference in federal hiring.

The DOE moved in June to suspend BPA hiring and promotion authority, as BPA apparently took no action to notify affected applicants or to address the impact of inapproriate hiring once it was disclosed to human resources and confirmed by independent sources, the review said.

Instead, the OIG's review said it received complaints from BPA staff that they were being disciplined for communicating problems to BPA management, to the Office of Inspector General and to DOE Human Capital officials. The report confirmed that several key personnel had been subject to or proposed for a range of adverse actions, including firing.... "

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#6 Posted : Monday, September 22, 2014 2:28:13 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: GWPDA Go to Quoted Post
You may have quite a wait. Bonneville's DEU has been de-activated and taken over by OPM. oregonlive.com reports (July 2013):
"...BPA watchers have heard rumblings for months that the agency's hiring and human resources practices were under review, particularly its application of hiring preferences for veterans. The OIG report released Tuesday said that review was prompted by an anonymous complaint in June 2012.

But according to the OIG review and additional internal documents obtained by The Oregonian, the agency's problems with hiring are far more systemic. The fallout could require a remediation plan to ensure that all staffing decisions from 2010 to present adhere to merit system principles and avoid violations of civil service law.

The Office of Personnel Management's review of the agency turned up widespread and fundamental violations of federal hiring practices. According to documents obtained by The Oregonian, OPM evaluator Connie Langston wrote to BPA and DOE staff in late May saying the agency was vulnerable to legal challenges, violations of merit system principles and prohibited personnel practices. She listed more than two dozen BPA human resources specialists who were decertified and said staff "lack competencies in most fundamentals of Federal staffing.
...The OIG report released Tuesday confirmed those earlier findings and said there were prohibited personnel practices in 95 of BPA's 146 competitive recruitments -- 65 percent of those conducted -- between November 2010 to June 2012. The practices included "modifying the best qualified category after all applications were received," which excluded some veterans from selection. By law, veterans receive preference in federal hiring.

The DOE moved in June to suspend BPA hiring and promotion authority, as BPA apparently took no action to notify affected applicants or to address the impact of inapproriate hiring once it was disclosed to human resources and confirmed by independent sources, the review said.

Instead, the OIG's review said it received complaints from BPA staff that they were being disciplined for communicating problems to BPA management, to the Office of Inspector General and to DOE Human Capital officials. The report confirmed that several key personnel had been subject to or proposed for a range of adverse actions, including firing.... "



Wow thats serious stuff. I think BPA just started posting jobs again too. Anti-Veteran higher ups or poorly trained officials?

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#7 Posted : Monday, September 22, 2014 2:36:58 PM(UTC)
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Thank you for the information GWPDA.
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#8 Posted : Wednesday, November 26, 2014 7:44:08 PM(UTC)

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No wonder why the position I was sure was mine dried up twice after two different two hour interviews. I got a better deal and ended up at OST in a higher pay band after applying for a position in ABQ.
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Good Luck to all!! This process is not an easy one.
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