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Retirement claims tick up, but OPM continues cutting backlog

The Office of Personnel Management received more claims than expected last month, but for the third month in a row processed more claims than it expected to. OPM has also made progress cutting the longstanding backlog of retirement claims. At 44,679 claims, there are now fewer retirement claims stuck in the backlog than there were in December 2011, when OPM began tracking them as part of a new push to eliminate the logjam.

Monday - 08/06/2012, 03:08pm EDT

USAJobs passes independent cybersecurity test

Auditors found no security weaknesses that present an immediate threat to the jobs portal or user information housed in its database. The test represented the site's first independent security evaluation since OPM took control over USAJobs.gov from Monster Government Solutions in Oct. 2011. Under MGS management, hackers broke into the portal twice in 17 months.

Friday - 08/03/2012, 05:51pm EDT

Special commission gives the CFC a roadmap to the future

The report spelled out a number of recommendations for the Combined Federal Campaign in four areas including revising the infrastructure and updating oversight. The Office of Personnel Management called for the commission as the CFC effort turned 50.

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 05:23am EDT
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Agencies increase proportion of Hispanics in workforce

Hispanics accounted for more than eight in 100 civilian federal employees in 2011. The minority group also made gains in the Senior Executive Service and represented the third largest ethnic group in the federal government.

Friday - 07/27/2012, 05:47pm EDT

Feds make progress in disability hiring, but lofty goal looms large

The federal government now employs more full-time workers with disabilities than it has at any time over the past 20 years, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. President Barack Obama pledged in 2010 to hire 100,00 additional people with disabilities over the next five years. While the Government Accountability Office reported in May the government was not on track to meet that goal, the director of OPM, John Berry, said the new report shows agencies are "moving smartly" toward fulfilling it.

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 06:01pm EDT
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OPM wants to hear from agencies facing pay adjustment rates

OPM has requested agencies review their pay scales and decide whether to make adjustments for fiscal 2013.

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 04:24pm EDT

OPM unveils proposed, final rules expanding benefits for same-sex partners

The Office of Personnel Management is planning changes to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, by proposing to allow children up to age 26 to stay covered by their parents' FEHBP plans. The rule would also apply to children of same-sex domestic partners enrolled in the program. In a separate final rule published in the Federal Register, OPM announced child-care subsidies provided by agencies would also be expanded to include the children of same-sex domestic partners. That rule goes into effect Friday.

Friday - 07/20/2012, 05:24pm EDT

Senators try compromise to get cyber bill passed

The revised Cybersecurity Act of 2012 removes DHS from having sole oversight authority of critical infrastructure and shares the responsibility across an interagency council. The bill also would make the implementation of cyber standards by critical infrastructure operators voluntary. The legislation encourages an incentive-based program.

Friday - 07/20/2012, 05:28am EDT

Agencies face 'hodge-podge' guidance on security clearances

The federal government has issued more than 4.8 million security clearances to federal civilians, military service members and contractors. But the process for determining what positions require clearances amounts to little more than a "hodge-podge" across agencies, an official with the Government Accountability Office told Federal News Radio.

Monday - 07/16/2012, 05:53pm EDT
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2012 Causey Awards Winner - Stephen Shih

Stephen Shih, deputy associate director of Executive Resources & Employee Development at the Office of Personnel Management, was nominated for designing a new performance appraisal system for the Senior Executive Service.

Monday - 07/16/2012, 05:24am EDT
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Pathways Program and Telework

John Palguta, vice president of Policy at the Partnership for Public Service talks about efforts to bring in young workers to the federal government, and whether telework is a viable option for some federal employees.
July 13, 2012(Encore presentation August 3, 2012)

Friday - 07/13/2012, 10:42pm EDT
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Will you wind up a 2 percenter?

When the power company announces that 98 percent of its customers have had their electricity restored it means that 2 percent are still in the dark. Thanks to an upsurge in retirements some federal retirees are experiencing a long wait in getting full benefits, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 02:00am EDT

OPM paves path to automated telework tracking

The system will automatically collect information about how often federal employees telework and for how long. The change will paint a more accurate, detailed picture of federal employees' teleworking habits.

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 05:14am EDT
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Need to 'rally the troops' stymies spread of telework

Some managers find it difficult to lead employees working outside of the building. But hesitant leaders can find comfort in setting realistic expectations based on information gathered while employees are in the office.

Tuesday - 07/10/2012, 05:17am EDT
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POLL: Who are the problem teleworkers?

Who are the "problem teleworkers?" Is a certain age group more likely to abuse the privilege of teleworking? Take the poll and tell us if you believe a particular age group is the most likely to abuse teleworking?

Monday - 07/09/2012, 04:46pm EDT

DoD leads the way in student loan repayment program

DoD attracts and retains more employees through an increased involvement in the student loan repayment program.

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 07:22pm EDT

OPM continues cutting retirement backlog as claims fall below expectations

For the third straight month, the Office of Personnel Management received fewer federal retirement claims than projected, according to monthly federal retirement data. OPM also met its processing goals for the month and the longstanding backlog of claims has fallen by 21 percent since January.

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 02:54pm EDT

OPM offers Fourth of July tips for financial freedom in retirement

But the Office of Personnel Management is prodding federal employees to also think about financial freedom especially in retirement. As part of its Retirement Readiness Now series, OPM compiled a list of four things feds should do to start getting a handle on their future retirement. Tammy Flanagan, the senior benefits director at the National Institute of Transition Planning, discussed the tips on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 08:52pm EDT
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Federal offices open, return to 'normal operating procedures'

With the Washington, D.C., region still recovering from last Friday's storm, the Office of Personnel Management has updated its operating status for Friday, say that Washington, D.C., areas are open. Employees should report to their worksites or begin teleworking on time.

Sunday - 07/01/2012, 07:44pm EDT
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Federal government employing more minorities than ever

OPM's annual workplace report showed growth in minority employment, but also found less Hispanics working in the federal government than the private-sector.

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 03:01pm EDT
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