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OPM News

24 feds get to work with Obama on fixing the SES

The White House has named two dozen federal employees to a group that will advise the president on possible changes to the Senior Executive Service. Obama joined the group at its meeting Thursday.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:15am EDT

5 things that could be coming to your FEHBP plan in 2016

Expect some new health care options when open season rolls around later this year. We break down the Office of Personnel Management's letter to insurers about 2016 coverage.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 12:35pm EDT

OPM orchestrates cyber protections through automation

Jeff Wagner, OPM's director of IT security, said by detailing specific processes, his organization can protect the network in near real-time and ensure threats or vulnerabilities do not put the entire infrastructure at a greater risk.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 03:54pm EDT
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Council on governmentwide diversity to impact agency hiring

Following up on the Office of Personnel Management's new recruitment and retention strategy the Chief Human Capital Officers Council announced Friday a governmentwide forum on diversity hiring.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 10:56am EDT

OPM banks on data to attract younger, more diverse job seekers

Four in 10 federal employees will be eligible to retire in the next five years. Who will take their place remains the big question. Meanwhile, 70 percent of jobs advertised on USAJobs.gov go to internal candidates, says Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 05:58pm EDT

GAO highlights two ways to fire poorly performing feds more easily

A new report finds longer probationary periods and better performance metrics can help address a long-standing complaint about terminating federal employees who are not meeting their job's requirements.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 05:14pm EDT

OPM retirement backlog reaches 18-month high

Just over 9,200 federal employees filed for retirement benefits in February, enough to swell the government's backlog of retirement claims to its highest point since the summer of 2013.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 11:33am EST

Federal agencies open Friday under two-hour delay

Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are open Friday under a two-hour delayed arrival, and employees have the option for unscheduled leave or telework. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than two hours later than they would be expected to arrive.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 03:43am EST

Federal offices in DC, Baltimore closed Thursday due to snow storm

The Office of Personnel Management closed federal offices in the D.C. area Thursday due to an impending snow storm. Emergency workers and telework-ready employees required to work "must follow their agency's policies, including written telework agreements," according to OPM. Federal agencies in the Baltimore area are also closed.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:03am EST

Federal agencies open Tuesday with option of unscheduled leave or telework

Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are open Tuesday, but workers have the opportunity to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 03:53am EST

How to fix the SES: Wipe the slate clean

Political leaders of all stripes have long called for reforming the Senior Executive Service. But what if instead of fixing the SES' current problems, the government wiped the slate clean and started from scratch? In part four of Federal News Radio's special report, Fixing the SES, current and former members of the service discuss what the key ingredients would be in a new SES recipe.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 05:00am EST

New HR training contract pushes toward RFP release

A year after canceling its $2 billion training contract, the Office of Personnel Management is getting closer to finalizing what that new procurement vehicle will look like.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:51am EST

If you are a fed, every inch counts

Size does matter, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, especially when it comes to the federal government when it snows.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 03:00am EST

Fed agencies in DC open Wednesday with unscheduled leave and telework in effect

Federal agency offices in the Washington, D.C., area are open Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, but employees have the option to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:43pm EST

New and noteworthy on Capitol Hill: A week in review

A brief look at the latest happenings in Congress this week

Friday - 02/13/2015, 12:39pm EST

John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

The Office of Personnel Management is falling behind in the plan to get rid of its backlog of retirement claims. The latest retirement numbers show OPM's backlog is growing, even though it received fewer claims than it expected. John Salamone is vice president of FMP Consulting, and former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the retirement trends he sees at OPM.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:27pm EST
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Fixing the SES: 'This used to be an honor. Now it's a joke.'

Fewer than half of the Senior Executive Service members who responded to an exclusive Federal News Radio online survey say they would join today. The survey results were even more dim for federal employees at the GS-15 and GS-14 ranks. In the first of our four-part special report, Fixing the SES, we examine how current senior execs feel about the SES, and what they believe is right and wrong with the service.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 05:00am EST

OPM retirement backlog climbs in January

As is typical for the beginning of the year, retirement claims spiked at the Office of Personnel Management, but the number was slightly smaller than expected. The agency also processed fewer claims than it planned to for the month.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 02:15pm EST

Answers to your questions about survival benefits

David Snell, retirement director of the federal benefits service department at NARFE, will answer your calls and emails about the federal survivor benefits package.
February 4, 2015

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 07:13pm EST
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OPM takes FAST track to closing skills gaps

The Office of Personnel Management has given Federal Agency Skills Team (FAST) the job of putting in place a standard and repeatable methodology to identify and mitigate skills gaps governmentwide.

Friday - 01/30/2015, 04:55pm EST
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