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OPM News

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

Pathways offers departments access to fresh talent

New Pathways Program begins July 10, and officials hope it will open doors to bring in and train new talent for agencies. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, said that departments should take advantage of the opportunity to tailor-train potential employees to fit their long-term needs.

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 05:27am EDT
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Diversity in the SES

Host Bill Bransford moderates a roundtable discussion of how the Senior Executive Service is doing in developing diversity plans.
June 22, 2012

Friday - 06/22/2012, 10:56pm EDT
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Agency officials tout progress on security clearances

Agency officials from the Defense Department and the Office of Personnel Management, along with a handful of other agencies, cited significant improvements in both timeliness and accuracy in the security-clearance program at a Senate subcommittee. The agencies agreed, however, much work remained to maintain that progress and to take on new challenges, such as reciprocity and reinvestigation.

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 07:51pm EDT
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Federal job hunt made easier for outgoing military members

Service members expected to be discharged can apply for federal jobs without a certificate of release or discharge from active duty.

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 07:51pm EDT

Agencies must receive OPM approval to convert politicals

OPM Director John Berry reminded agency leaders that they must seek approval from his agency before placing political appointees in some jobs. The guidelines also include a ban of certain incentive awards.

Monday - 06/11/2012, 05:48pm EDT

OPM survey to help agencies make tough budget decisions

OPM Director John Berry said the agency changed the annual survey to give agencies more insight into the morale and thoughts of their employees. Berry said agencies in their zeal to cut budgets shouldn't forget the importance of training.

Friday - 06/08/2012, 05:14am EDT
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OPM: Retirement claims tick up but still fewer than projected

Federal retirement claims rose last month but, for the second consecutive month, the Office of Personnel Management received fewer claims than it expected. OPM also made its monthly processing goals and continued to make progress cutting back a longstanding backlog of retirement claims.

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 06:19pm EDT

Task force recommends crackdown on CFC management

Working group suggests CFC managers codify a ban on expenses for meals, beverages and entertainment. The recommendations follow an inspector general report that questioned more than $700,000 in spending, including a jazz band and chair massages.

Wednesday - 05/30/2012, 12:19pm EDT
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More SESers say pay, benefits not attractive enough

Nearly all Senior Executive Service members said they feel pride in their work, but a growing number said SES pay and benefits are not enough to attract high-quality senior execs, according to a survey by the Office of Personnel Management.

Tuesday - 05/29/2012, 02:32pm EDT

Retirement and insurance

Joan Melanson from Long Term Care Partners and retirement benefits specialist James Marshall will talk about the retirement and insurance options that feds should consider.
May 18, 2012

Friday - 05/18/2012, 08:40pm EDT
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OPM finalizes rules for new intern, hiring programs

The Pathways Program aims to help federal agencies compete with other sectors that recruit and hire interns and recent graduates. The program targets current students, recent graduates and professionals interested in becoming federal managers.

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 05:39am EDT
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April retirement claims lower than expected, OPM says

6,600 federal employees filed retirement claims in April 1,400 less than what was projected for the month by the Office of Personnel Management.

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 10:59am EDT

Changes will 'burnish prestige' of Fellows program, OPM director says

OPM Director John Berry detailed changes coming to the Presidential Management Fellows Program in a recent letter to Congress, obtained by Federal News Radio. The program came under criticism earlier this year for mistakenly sending out 300 letters of acceptance to applicants who had not been chosen for the program.

Tuesday - 05/01/2012, 06:51am EDT
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