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    We've released new mobile services and open data (APIs) for USAJOBS and the Washington, DC-area operating status. This release is part of our efforts to carry out the Administration's Digital Government Strategy, set to transform public-facing government services in line with 21st Century expectations.

    OPM Operating Status/OPM Alert

    OPM Alert is the official operating status app of the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the only official OPM status app for the Washington, DC area. This free app provides a real time look at the current operating status for Federal Government offices in the Washington, DC area.

    With OPM's official operating status app you can:

    • View the current and active status of Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area
    • Sign up for notifications of status changes
    • Review an archive of previous status updates
    • Get the Washington, DC-area Dismissal and Closing Procedures issued by OPM

    Visit the apps store for your operating system or our OPM Alert Mobile App page.

    We are also releasing a set of operating status Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that will make it easier for organizations, including federal agencies, to make full use of operating status data. For more information on this API, visit our Current Status API page. Don't know what an API is? Check out

    USAJOBS for Android is the job site of the Federal government. Using our new Android app and improved iOS app, you can search and save job listings, receive updates on applications and job search agents and much more. Additionally, you can share what you find on USAJOBS on popular social networking sites or via email, all on your Android smartphone or tablet. Visit the apps store for your operating system or see our Mobile Apps page for more information.

    To accompany the two USAJOBS apps, we are releasing another API. The USAJOBS API is intended to broaden the reach of USAJOBS to commercial job boards, mobile apps and social media outlets that are interested in receiving and promoting Federal job opportunities. We're providing the API in two formats to ensure the data is openly accessible. Users of the API will be able to receive up to 5,000 jobs per request. Find additional information, including detailed documentation,on the USAJOBS Job Opportunity Announcements (JOA) REST API page.

    If you're a developer, we invite you to visit our Developer Center regularly. That's where we'll post information about new APIs.

    Last week, we released four documents written by our Open Government Team:

    • Our Open Culture Plan, which provides "an examination of six thematic areas on which OPM needs to work to become more open and a vision for a future in which we and our stakeholders enjoy the benefits of openness."
    • Technical requirements for a knowledge management system (KMS). The KMS is intended not only to provide a way to manage OPM’s knowledge, but also to provide collaboration tools.
    • Our Learning and Knowledge Sharing Strategy (LKSS). The purpose of the LKSS "is to describe knowledge sharing and recommend activities that will create a learning and collaborative culture within OPM and with external stakeholders."
    • Our Communication Construct, which offers a "solution to the problem of multiple voices and multiple answers to the same question" through a call center (broadly understood) with four tiers, as well as an Ombudsman who works independently but accepts referrals from the four tiers.

    We also recently released OPM’s Plan for the Suspension of Operations in the Absence of Appropriations. This plan is for internal use; other agencies have their own plans and will not follow ours in the event of a lapse in appropriations. You can find all five documents and more on our Reference Materials page. Also check out our new Financial Transparency and Accountability pages.

    You may also wish to read our recently released social media policy. We’ve updated the language on our blog landing page and in the user agreement you accept before submitting a comment to reflect the new policy.

    Finally, you may have noticed that many people submit the same comment many times in a short period of time. Please understand that there is a short delay of a few minutes before your comment appears. Now that the social media policy is in effect, we’ll periodically remove the extra comments, as well as spam (see the links above for details on appropriate and inappropriate content). We hope this decision provides you a better experience with our blog.


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