Measure Would Create ‘Bulletin NJ’
TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) and Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer) to help residents find work by creating a searchable Internet database listing all available public jobs and government contracts was today approved by both houses of the Legislature.
“Job seekers shouldn’t have to search numerous locations to track down which public agencies are hiring,” said Senator Norcross. “Especially in this economy, we should be looking to make this information as easily accessible as possible. This bill will ensure that public job listings are posted in a central location, providing residents with information about openings, as well as bidding opportunities, with just the click of a mouse.”
“Bulletin NJ will provide an invaluable resource to job seekers, giving them instant access to public employment listings from up and down the state,” said Senator Greenstein. “At a time when so many people are unemployed, this will ensure that residents looking for work in the public sector have a wealth of information at their fingertips and a greater chance of finding a job.”
The database – to be known as “Bulletin NJ” – would be created by the state Department of Community Affairs, in consultation with the Office of Information Technology, under the bill (S-2065). The site would be accessible from the DCA Web site, and would display information on employment opportunities, requests for proposals, and other government procurement opportunities published by a public contracting unit.
The database would be organized primarily by the name of the contracting unit publishing the job listings or request for proposals, and would be reviewed and updated at least once per month. It would also provide an opportunity for the public to submit feedback on the database and recommendations for its improvement. It would be brought on line by July 1, under the legislation.
The measure was approved in the Senate by a vote of 39-0. It passed the Assembly by a vote of 75-0-2. It now heads to the desk of Governor Chris Christie.