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OPM News

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

OPM releases draft guide for competency-based job hiring

The Office of Personnel Management has released a draft version of a guide to using competency-based qualification standards, along with a new round of competency-based job requirements for certain clerical and administrative positions.

Monday - 04/30/2012, 05:54pm EDT

OPM convenes workgroup to address domestic violence in federal workplace

The Office of Personnel Management will convene an interagency workgroup in the coming weeks to establish governmentwide policies on domestic violence in the federal workplace. Rob Shriver, deputy general council for policy at OPM, has an update on the personnel agency's progress.

Monday - 04/30/2012, 10:19am EDT
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Panel: Hiring reform critical as brain drain looms

The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discussed the big issues in recruitment, hiring and retention with a panel of federal hiring experts.

Friday - 04/27/2012, 02:53pm EDT
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Performance improvement has 'turned the corner' in government

Shelley Metzenbaum said agencies are doing a better job in setting outcome-based goals and using data to measure their progress. OPM is finalizing guidance and training to use the competence models for performance improvement positions. Treasury and DHS are setting their own path to using data to meet their mission goals.

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 05:55am EDT
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Postal bill amendment seeks to cut backlog ahead of USPS retirement 'deluge'

An amendment to a Senate bill aiming to restructure the U.S. Postal Service's financial framework would institute new agency reporting requirements for retiring federal workers in anticipation of a "deluge of retirees" from USPS. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), introduced an amendment last week that requires the Office of Personnel Management to take new steps to chip away at the longstanding backlog of federal retirement claims.

Monday - 04/23/2012, 04:56pm EDT
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Has the long-anticipated retirement tsunami finally started?

Recent data from the Office of Personnel Management suggests that the long-predicted retirement tsunami of federal employees may have started. As more and more baby boomers opt to retire, a vacuum of knowledge and experience is being left behind at many agencies. Some federal managers are now scrambling to figure out ways to ride out the wave.

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 05:10pm EDT
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Saving big bucks, the GSA scandal, and more

Allan Roth of CBS MoneyWatch and Federal Times reporters Andy Medici and Steve Losey join host Mike Causey on today's program.
April 11, 2012

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 08:49pm EDT
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OPM retirement backlog falls 14 percent as agency surpasses monthly goals

The Office of Personnel Management has consistently made progress processing retirement claims since the start of the calendar year, even as federal employees continue to retire in higher-than-projected numbers. In each of the first three months of the year, OPM surpassed its processing goal, according to OPM data released last week.

Monday - 04/09/2012, 06:49pm EDT

OPM making changes to FEHBP - Is that good news?

In a recent letter to insurers, the Office of Personnel Management requested some changes to federal health plans. Brace yourselves: It's mostly good news. The Federal Drive talked to health-benefits expert Walt Francis to get the details.

Friday - 04/06/2012, 06:06pm EDT
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OSC initiative zeroes in on worst vet discriminator - the government

The Office of Personnel Management recently reminded federal agencies that the White House has "zero tolerance" for discriminating against veterans in hiring and promotions. But the federal government is still one of the biggest offenders. Patrick Boulay from the Office of Special Counsel told the Federal Drive about a new pilot program aimed at streamlining the complaint process for veterans in the federal government.

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 05:06pm EDT
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OPM: 10 new plans coming to FEHBP in 2013

The Office of Personnel Management will add 10 new health plans to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan starting in 2013.

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 01:28pm EDT
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