August 17, 2022


By Alex Harrington, Executive Director

One can't have enough information on how to navigate the federal hiring landscape. In fact, in one of my past blogs (Get ‘in The Know’ About The Federal Workforce), I underscored the importance of keeping a pulse on the federal workforce by reading...on a daily basis...the top media outlets that track and report on the federal workforce.

And I just came across a doozy of an article on one of those media outlets!

Jessie Bur, an associate editor at Federal Times, just published a series of articles that explore the federal job application process and the ins and outs of how the government classifies, investigates, and prioritizes applicants for federal work. Her series begins with How to find a federal job with four focal points: USAJobs portal, GS pay scale, applicant assessments, and background investigations.

Navigating USAJobs and the federal hiring process

Understanding the GS pay scale and required skills for federal jobs

Assessments are becoming the new norm in federal hiring

Background investigations —How to get a security clearance for a federal job

Get ‘in the know’ about the federal workforce, by adding the following media outlets to your browser favorites! This site is a free source of information impacting the federal community and those interested in the federal government’s activities. You can find human resource information under their “HR” link.

Federal News Network. Federal News Network provides the latest breaking news, information, and analysis for the people who support the missions of federal agencies.  You can find employee-related information under their “Workforce” link.

Government Executive. Government Executive is the government’s business news daily and the premier digital destination for senior leaders in the federal government’s departments and agencies. Check out federal personnel issues under “Workforce.

Federal Times. Both Federal Times and provides news and information on the rapid changes impacting today’s federal managers. This is a good resource for those who aspired to become leaders in public service.

FED Week. This publication was founded by a Vietnam veteran and has a team of experts and writers who keep their ears to the ground to help federal and military employees, including retirees.

Federal Soup. A paid subscription online resource that provides in-depth workforce topics, federal employee news, interactive forums, plus opinion and advice from benefits experts. FedSoup also publishes weekly issues of Federal Employees News Digest, benefits guides, and the annual Federal Employees Almanac.

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Alex Harrington
Chair & Executive Director
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