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New strategy gives agencies a "springboard" for increasing diversity

Agencies have four months to develop diversity and inclusion plans under a broad, brief governmentwide strategy released Thursday. Proponents say, by making the President's Management Council responsible for progress, the strategy will succeed where past measures have failed.

Monday - 11/21/2011, 05:15am EST
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OPM offers feds job help in case of workforce cuts

With federal workforces potentially on the budget chopping block, the Office of Personnel Management is extending a helping hand to feds who may find themselves jobless in the near future.

Friday - 11/18/2011, 05:44pm EST

Senate bill would extend federal benefits to domestic partners

The Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2011 was the logical next step after the repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, which banned gays from openly serving in the military, said committee chairman and bill co-sponsor Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) in a statement.

Friday - 11/18/2011, 04:18pm EST

Tips for choosing the right health plan during Open Season

Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, Colleen Murphy, executive for PlanSmartChoice, and Walton Francis, editor of the Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees discuss the 2011 Open Season.

Friday - 11/18/2011, 01:59pm EST
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CHCOs create speed dating for mentors, mentees

The Chief Human Capital Officers Council will hold speed matchmaking sessions each quarter starting in 2012 to pair up mentors and those who are looking for such support. Kathryn Medina, the executive director of the CHCO Council, said the success of the first speed mentoring session earlier this year presented an opportunity to address a long-standing need.

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 05:35am EST
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OPM to hire CTO to handle USAJobs, retirement system

The Office of Personnel Management faces a House subcommittee today to answer questions about its handling of the USAJobs relaunch.

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 01:11pm EST
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Online health records more common but usage low, OPM says

92 percent of plans have taken steps to educate their members about health information technology, but less than 5 percent of members are accessing their records online.

Monday - 11/14/2011, 05:04pm EST

Lawmakers to question OPM's handling of USAJobs

The widespread frustration over the Office of Personnel Management's handling of USAJobs.gov has caught lawmakers' attention. The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce has invited OPM, government inspectors and Monster, the company that previously ran the federal jobs site, to testify at a hearing Tuesday.

Monday - 11/14/2011, 02:55pm EST
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As open season kicks off, OPM uses Web to get word out

Shirley Patterson, the assistant director of federal employee insurance options at OPM, told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris the agency turned to a new channel of communication to get the word out this year: webcasts.

Monday - 11/14/2011, 08:23am EST
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Senate approves resolution marking FEB 50th anniversary

The Senate Thursday approved a resolution marking the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Federal Executive Boards. The resolution, which was sponsored by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), commemorates the anniversary and notes the work played by the national communication network of the federal government.

Friday - 11/11/2011, 06:33am EST

Experts say administration proposal puts FEHB on the ropes

The White House wants to carve out the prescription drug piece and give OPM the ability to negotiate prices through a third party. But experts say this change would cost employees more money and be the first step toward dismantling the entire Federal Employee Health Benefit program.

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 05:20am EST
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OPM sets reinvestigations at every 5 years for 'public trust' feds

Agency issued a final rule today implementing the 2009 Executive Order requiring certain employees to be reexamined more often.

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 03:57pm EST

CHCO Council rallies around USAJobs

Agency chief human capital officers showed support for the latest version of the federal jobs website despite its rocky launch. They thanked the Office of Personnel Management for frequent updates on fixes. The council gathered Tuesday for its annual public meeting.

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 03:40pm EST
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Public-private pay gap increases to 26 percent

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the pay gap is 26.3 percent, up from 24 percent last year.

Friday - 11/04/2011, 06:14pm EDT

Open season demystified: Tips for making smart choices

Registered employee benefit consultant Ed Zurndorfer, a registered employee benefits consultant, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris with tips for making the best decisions.

Friday - 11/04/2011, 10:16am EDT
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OPM says USAJobs recovered from 'death spiral'

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said the federal jobs website USAJobs.gov is headed in the right direction after a rough debut three weeks ago. OPM has added server capacity and refined features to make the site easier to use. OPM Director John Berry said the agency's response is an example of "government working." But OPM now faces a congressional hearing and public outrage over the botched rollout.

Friday - 11/04/2011, 05:52am EDT
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OPM launches 2011 Open Season webcasts

The Office of Personnel Management debuts a series of webcasts to educate federal employees about the Open Season process.

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 04:45pm EDT

OPM's proposed snow policy: Stay or go when we say so

Employees would have to leave when OPM tells them to or stay in their buildings until OPM says it's safe to leave, under a proposed new snow policy.

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 04:35pm EDT
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GSA rolls out 'opt-out' telework policy

The General Services Administration will announce a new policy that expands its telework and mobility options for employees.

Sunday - 10/30/2011, 10:33pm EDT
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Sen. Kerry calls for private vendor to manage USAJobs site

Following the troubled launch of the revamped USAJobs.gov, the government's jobs portal, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), is renewing his call for a private contractor to manage the site. He has also asked Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel to investigate and intervene.

Friday - 10/28/2011, 09:35am EDT
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