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Agencies distrust OPM prices for conducting background checks

The costs reported by the Office of Personnel Management to conduct background investigations and security-clearance checks for federal agencies have skyrocketed in the past six years, according to a Feb. 28 Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday. But agency customers are growing dissatisfied with the lack of transparency surrounding price increases and are starting to looking elsewhere, GAO auditors said in the report.

Wednesday - 03/28/2012, 08:01pm EDT

Berry: OPM did not authorize CFC meals, entertainment expenses

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry issued a directive today claiming his agency never approved thousands of dollars in questionable meals and entertainment expenses incurred by the Combined Federal Campaign. Earlier this month, OPM's Inspector General's Office reported that CFC had charged for box seats at a Washington Nationals event, chair massages and other expenses.

Wednesday - 03/28/2012, 08:35am EDT

Living on 1/3 of your income

Thinking about retiring in the next couple of years? Well, here's something to think about, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says: How long and how well could you live if your income was cut by more than 60 percent for months at a time?

Monday - 03/26/2012, 02:00am EDT

Mentoring event serves up career advice in a flash

Feds looking for career guidance and motivation are increasingly going outside of their agencies to find it. Employees from 20 agencies attended a recent "flash mentoring" session hosted by the Office of Personnel Management's HR University. More seasoned human resources professionals served as mentors.

Friday - 03/23/2012, 08:26pm EDT
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HR University showing worth, expanding after first year

The government's training portal has nearly 10,000 users. The HR University now offers college-accredited classes and in-person "flash mentoring" events. The Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council launched the portal last year as a way to save agencies money on professional development training.

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 05:44am EDT
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Flexible-retention adds new option to agencies' retirement toolkit

Senate amendment allows retiring federal employees to return to work on a part-time basis. Ron Sanders, senior executive adviser at Booz Allen Hamilton, says this provision allows retirees to pass along their institutional knowledge while continuing their civil service.

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 12:16pm EDT
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Many non-SES managers feeling left out of key discussions

GS-12s to GS-15s want more say in labor-management conversations. Patricia Niehaus, the president of the Federal Managers Association, said too often political appointees and SESers are the only managers at the table. OPM's John Berry said he will work with FMA and others to figure out how to be more inclusive.

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 05:21am EDT
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OPM cites 'great strides' in hiring reform, mixed progress in retirement processing

OPM met just more than half of its two dozen performance measures for 2011, according to an annual performance report released in February. However, among the agency's "high-priority" goals, such as telework and hiring reform, the report cites "great strides." While goals on retirement processing showed mixed progress, OPM's director of planning and policy analysis Jonathan Foley said the agency is "on track" to reduce the processing time to 60 days by July 2013.

Monday - 03/12/2012, 05:00am EDT
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Retirements, buyouts, and downsizing

NARFE's David Snell and Federal Times reporters Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly join host Mike Causey to talk about the issues affecting your job and retirement.
March 7, 2012

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 08:50pm EST
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House probes OPM management, IT in wake of fellowship debacle

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said a recent mishap involving the Presidential Management Fellowship not only threatens the program's prestige but could point to larger technology issues within OPM.

Monday - 03/05/2012, 05:07pm EST

Agencies need to 'quit whining' about SES

A new study is leading to calls to shake up the Senior Executive Service by encouraging members to change jobs once in a while. That was the original intent, but only half of its members have done it. Now, with a third of senior execs eligible to retire, federal human resources leaders say agencies need to focus on improving the corps.

Monday - 03/05/2012, 01:41pm EST

GOP lawmakers question fairness of DoD pay and benefit cuts

Members of Congress complain that DoD's budget cuts don't do enough to trim civilian personnel spending.

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 05:12am EST
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Lack of movement in SES ranks hurting agencies

The Senior Executive Service was created to produce strong federal managers and leaders who would move within and across agencies, to help better meet the nation's needs. But three decades after the creation of the SES, nearly half of the more than 7,700 current members have stayed in the same position throughout their SES careers, according to a new report.

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 08:00pm EST

Answers to your retirement questions

Co-hosts Bob Leins and John Elliott are joined by federal benefit expert David Redden.
February 27, 2012

Monday - 02/27/2012, 07:23pm EST
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OPM calculator helps project retirement savings

Not sure about how much you need to save for retirement? A new online tool from the Office of Personnel Management helps feds figure out how to plan and includes projections for annuities and Thrift Savings Plan benefits.

Monday - 02/27/2012, 09:22am EST

What's new at the Federal Managers Association?

Members of the Federal Managers Association join host Bill Bransford to talk about the group's annual convention.
February 24, 2012

Friday - 02/24/2012, 06:58pm EST
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How to make 'smart' cuts to the federal workforce

Whether the strategy is reducing personnel, consolidating offices or investing IT, "every one of them impacts people," said Ron Sanders, the former chief human capital officer for the Director of National Intelligence and now the executive adviser for Booz Allen Hamilton.

Monday - 02/20/2012, 12:06pm EST
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Latinos under-represented at all levels of federal employment

According to Jorge Ponce, co-chair of the Council of Federal EEO and Civil Rights Executives, Latinos are under-represented across all job categories and levels of the government, all the way up to senior executive rank.

Friday - 02/17/2012, 12:51pm EST
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OPM defends yo-yo effect of pay, benefits proposals

Director John Berry said the proposition in the 2013 budget request to increase pay by 0.5 percent and increase the contributions employees pay to their retirement by 0.4 percent is "responsible" and "protects the benefit." OPM also would have to figure out how best to meet its mission with a flat budget next year. Berry said his top priority is reducing the backlog of retirement claims.

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 05:37am EST
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Women more satisfied than men in federal jobs

Women, who made up 44 percent of the federal workforce in 2011, had a job satisfaction score of 67.1 on a scale of 100, compared with 66.4 for men, according to a Partnership for Public Service analysis of the 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, administered by the Office of Personnel Management.

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 08:00pm EST
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