Office of Personnel Management

Arrange GS-5/6 Training around College Year

I have read a lot of posts that suggest eliminating the College intern program all together because College interns are lazy and useless. Having been a college intern myself I assure you, it is not that we are lazy or useless, but rather that we are treated as such. Every summer when college interns come to work, we are thrown into a corner somewhere, given mindlessly menial tasks to complete, never properly training, ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Light it Up Right

Lighting typically accounts for 25% to 50% of energy use in most buildings. During our summer internship at EPA Region 9, we recognized 2 easy ways to increase lighting efficiency: adopting occupancy sensors and LED bulbs. These methods will result in both energy and cost savings. They have been touted for public use by EPA, DOE, and DOI. Occupancy sensors are devices, frequently mounted on the wall or ceiling, ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Save Time: Paperless Hiring Leading to Digital Record Keeping

As EPA Region 9 summer interns who’ve grown up in a Web 2.0 World, we feel we have a fresh perspective on how procedures are carried out with new technologies. We were surprised by the sheer amount of paper involved in the hiring process –SF-52, I-9, a physical welcome folder all of which were available online. For a total of 2 million federal employees, this translates into an incredible amount of paperwork and redundancy. ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Eliminate Interns

College interns come in every year. They are given "special" "professional" projects to introduce them to how the agency works. We have experienced and well educated employees who are not given these same opportunities to work on professional projects. Most of the college interns never return to the agency, so it is a loss of money, time, and resources. Special offices have to be set up for them, and staff has to expend ...more »

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