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OPM survey: Wide differences in agencies' human-capital efforts

As with overall federal-employee satisfaction scores, the Human Capital Assessment and Accountability Framework Index trended downward in 2012. Habitual high-scorers, such as NASA and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, continued to sit atop the list. But the report also singled out the Office of Management and Budget and for its notable improvements.

Friday - 11/23/2012, 06:17pm EST

OPM survey: Tight budgets, pay freeze 'taking toll' on employee satisfaction

Employee satisfaction across the federal government is sagging, according to the 2012 Employee Viewpoint Survey released by the Office of Personnel Management Wednesday. While there weren't any drastic drops, scores governmentwide were down in every major measure, including employees' satisfaction with their jobs, supervisors and pay.

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 06:13pm EST

Locality pay, official time reports likely to rekindle federal pay debate

The Federal Salary Council will submit to the Federal Pay Agent in the coming weeks a recommendation to increase the number of localities that get special pay rates. OPM also will release the annual report on how much time federal employees spend on union activities during working hours. CHCO Council will also consider certification process for HR employees.

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 05:27am EST
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OPM updates language announcing office closings

The Office of Personnel Management is changing how it refers to the operating status of the government. Now when federal offices are closed due to weather or other emergencies, OPM will use the terminology, "Federal offices are closed. Federal employees required to work should follow their agency's policies."

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 12:40pm EST
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OPM makes dent in retirement backlog as claims continue rolling in

For the fourth straight month, the number of federal employees filing for retirement has outstripped the Office of Personnel Management's expectations, according to new data released by the agency. OPM also beat its projections for processing retirement claims.

Tuesday - 11/06/2012, 03:23pm EST

What's closed and what's open for federal employees?

Most federal buildings have reopened after the Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast.

Thursday - 11/01/2012, 05:00am EDT

Federal agencies open, operating under normal conditions Thursday

Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C., area are open Thursday and operating under normal procedures, the Office of Personnel Management announced.

Wednesday - 10/31/2012, 05:07pm EDT

Federal agencies in D.C. reopen Wednesday

Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C., area reopened Wednesday with unscheduled leave and telework options available to employees, the Office of Personnel Management announced. Before OPM made the announcement, several agencies contacted by Federal News Radio detailed only minor impacts from the storm and said they would be ready to open if OPM made that decision.

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 04:34pm EDT

Federal government offices closed Tuesday after 'storm of a lifetime'

D.C.-area federal government offices are closed for the second consecutive day due to superstorm Sandy. In an exclusive interview with Federal News Radio before the storm hit, OPM Director John Berry called Sandy a "significant life-threatening event." He urged feds to stay inside and stay "hunkered down." There is no word yet on the federal government's operating status on Wednesday.

Monday - 10/29/2012, 03:00pm EDT
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Superstorm Sandy poll: Are you working today

Federal News Radio wants to know if you're still working and how. Take our poll and leave us a comment.

Monday - 10/29/2012, 01:59pm EDT

OPM grants excused absences for DC-area feds on Monday

Federal government offices in the Washington, D.C. area will be closed to the public Monday. Non- emergency employees will be granted excused absence (administrative leave). However there are some exceptions.

Monday - 10/29/2012, 10:25am EDT

Help Federal News Radio during Hurricane Sandy

Federal News Radio needs your help during Hurricane Sandy to keep updated on all federal government closings.

Sunday - 10/28/2012, 04:28pm EDT

Hurricane Sandy forces cancellation of ELC conference

The Executive Leadership Conference scheduled to take place this week in Williamsburg, Va. has been canceled because of Hurricane Sandy.

Sunday - 10/28/2012, 01:33pm EDT

Why some feds could lose a vacation day in 2012

Tens of thousands of federal workers stand to lose a day of annual leave this year because of the cursed 11-year itch. To find out how, when and where to scratch it, check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report.

Thursday - 10/25/2012, 02:00am EDT

'Path to PMF' offers step-by-step help for agency fellowships

The online guide gives applicants inside tips on how to land a Presidential Management Fellowship. This year, the prestigious fellowships opened up to more applicants, making the need for a step-by- step guide ever more important, according to the creators of Path to PMF.

Monday - 10/22/2012, 07:45am EDT

Pay gap between government, private sector widens to 34 percent

The gap in pay between federal employees and private-sector workers jumped eight percent since last year, according to new data presented at a Federal Salary Council meeting Friday. On average, federal employees earn 34 percent less than their private-sector counterparts, according to the council's analysis.

Friday - 10/19/2012, 06:42pm EDT

OPM details 2013 health plan premium increases

Federal employees will see a slight increase averaging 3.4 percent in what they pay towards their 2013 health plan premiums.

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 09:41am EDT

VA gears up to standardize ratings for exceptional employees

The Veterans Affairs Department's National Cemetery Administration is testing the new employee appraisal system, called GEAR, to better define and measure employee performance. The Coast Guard also is preparing a pilot of the approached designed by the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations.

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 05:10am EDT
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All feds wind up buried in limestone mine

No matter what your rank or job is or where you work, in the end you will wind up buried in a limestone mine in a remote corner of Pennsylvania, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And once you retire it could be a long time before you see your first full annuity payment. But things seem to be getting better.

Tuesday - 10/09/2012, 02:00am EDT

Federal retirements continue to exceed expectations

For three months in a row, the number of federal retirements has exceeded what the Office of Personnel Management projected. OPM estimated it would receive 7,000 retirement claims in September. The actual number of claims the personnel agency received was 11,952.

Friday - 10/05/2012, 11:56am EDT
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