Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Thursday August 18, 2011

70k Applications Lost When Federal Computer Goes Down

The bad news...70,000 application were lost when the government's online hiring system went down. The good least it wasn't a system breach that dumped your info into the hands of crooks.

The Office of Personnel Management's USA Staffing system آ— which posts vacancy announcements on and accepts, rates and ranks job applications آ— was unexpectedly taken down Aug. 9, according to an Aug. 12 listserv notice from the Health and Human Services Department. OPM brought it back online two days later, but had to revert to a backup version stored on Aug. 7, HHS said. This meant that job applications submitted between late afternoon Aug. 7 to midday Aug. 9 were lost.