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OPM in talks to add 6 new carriers to FEHBP

The Office of Personnel Management is in talks with six additional health care providers to join the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, according to John O'Brien, OPM's director of health care and insurance. OPM has been working over the past few years to add plans to the FEHB program in a bid to increase competition, O'Brien said in a keynote address at the 2013 FEHB Carrier Conference in Arlington, Va.

Friday - 03/22/2013, 03:42pm EDT
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D.C. federal agencies reopen Thursday

Federal government offices in the D.C. region reopened today after a snow storm left pockets of the region blanketed in snow on Wednesday.

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 04:25pm EST

Upsurge in February retirements causes backlog to balloon

The number of federal employees filing retirement claims last month spiked to more than 20,000 -- nearly four times what the Office of Personnel Management projected, according to new OPM data released Tuesday.

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 04:48pm EST

All federal offices in D.C. are closed today, except for emergency employees

Due to inclement weather, the Office of Personnel Management has announced that all federal offices in the Washington, D.C., region are closed on Wednesday. Non-emergency employees may telework or take an excused absence. Emergency employees are expected to report to their worksite unless otherwise directed by their agencies.

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 11:46am EST

Tips on training and developing good leaders

Jenny Mattingley hosts a rountable discussion on government training and leadership development.
February 22, 2013

Friday - 02/22/2013, 06:46pm EST
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OPM eases burden to hire people with disabilities

The agency will publish a final rule Friday that will remove the need for people with disabilities to have a "certification of job readiness."

Thursday - 02/21/2013, 04:43pm EST

Work time spent on union activities at a 7-year high for feds

OPM issued its fiscal 2011 Official Time report. The data shows employees, on average, spent 2.82 hours on union-related work during official hours. The cost of official time also increased by almost 12 percent.

Monday - 02/18/2013, 05:11am EST
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Employee unions march on Capitol Hill to stop sequestration

AFGE, AFSCME rally against the potential cuts from sequestration as part of their week-long legislative conference. Union members are meeting with lawmakers to ensure they understand the broader impact cuts due to sequestration would have on the nation and the economy.

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 10:26am EST
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Updated: DC federal offices open; New York feds on unscheduled leave, telework

It's business as usual for federal offices in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia. But the New York City Federal Executive Board is recommending an unscheduled leave policy this morning due to an impending winter storm.

Friday - 02/08/2013, 09:54am EST

Agencies turn to HRStat to make better sense of workforce data

The Office of Personnel Management is doubling the number of departments to 16, taking part in data-driven reviews. The goal is to take the mounds of information available about an agency's workforce and spot trends to help plan for the future.

Wednesday - 02/06/2013, 05:24am EST
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Feds retire in droves in January

Federal employees retired in droves last month, with more than 22,000 filing retirement claims with the Office of Personnel Management -- about about 1,000 more than OPM expected. The agency processed 12,527 retirement claims last month, also beating its projections.

Tuesday - 02/05/2013, 08:13pm EST

HR shuffle changes how agencies work with OPM

The Office of Personnel Management is revamping its human-resources policy shop to provide more innovative solutions to the White House's workforce priorities. The newly created Center for Strategic Workforce Planning will focus on fostering innovation in federal workforce policies and plotting future HR trends. In addition, OPM's human capital officers (HCOs), which previously acted as OPM ambassadors to individual agencies, will instead serve as "HR strategists" to staff the new center and work on pilot projects in priority areas.

Tuesday - 01/29/2013, 09:05pm EST

A weather tale of two cities

To the vast majority of feds who work beyond the Beltway, the people at headquarters (that would be Washington, D.C.) are a bunch of out-of-touch wimps. Especially when it snows, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So are they right, or missing the point?

Tuesday - 01/29/2013, 01:00pm EST

Did OPM flub Monday's delayed arrival announcement?

OPM announced federal offices would be open Monday on a "delayed arrival" schedule. It was the first time the agency has used the classification since it revamped its closure policies last year. But it didn't go off without a hitch - OPM updated the operating status language twice and some federal employees said they were confused by OPM's communication.

Monday - 01/28/2013, 04:00pm EST

Delayed arrival in effect for federal employees

Due to expected inclement weather in the Washington, D.C., area Monday morning, the Office of Personnel Management announced a delayed arrival schedule for federal employees. According to OPM Director John Berry, federal employees are being asked to stay off the roads until 10 a.m. Their offices will be open for them when they arrive. Feds can also take unscheduled leave and unscheduled telework.

Sunday - 01/27/2013, 11:57pm EST

Demystifying the Pathways Program

Jenny Mattingley hosts a roundtable discussion of the Pathways Program.
January 25, 2013

Saturday - 01/26/2013, 12:44am EST
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Can East Meet West at Interior?

If you want to be secretary of the Interior, the first thing you do is make sure you are born west of the Mississippi, preferably in California, Arizona, New Mexico or Colorado, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what does that do to the job chances of Maryland-born, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry who is said to be on the short-list for the Interior job?

Friday - 01/25/2013, 02:00am EST

DC federal offices open Friday with unscheduled leave, telework in effect

For the second day in a row, federal offices in the D.C. area will be open with unscheduled leave and telework available for eligible employees.

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 11:47pm EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 22, 2013

OPM's Angela Bailey discusses how agencies are struggling to fill critical skill gaps in the hard sciences. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo fills us in on what to expect with the new defense authorization law. Jacque Simon of AFGE says her union is frustrated with the lack of attention being paid to federal workers' concerns over sequestration. John Palguta of the Partnership for Public Service discusses possible changes agencies may face in President Obama's second term.

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 09:21am EST

Unions frustrated by slow-roll of some labor-management forums

At the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations meeting, several employee representatives said the time has come for the committee to put more pressure on agencies to have more of the collaborative forums up and running well. During a time of budget reductions, possible furloughs and a government shutdown, the unions say the forums provide a way for agencies to better manage all of these fiscal challenges.

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 05:54am EST
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