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4:37 am, July 30, 2014

OPM News

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management is teaming up with the General Services Administration to re-imagine its multi-billion dollar training contract. OPM and GSA signed an agreement yesterday to use each agency's expertise to develop the new contract. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the new plans for the training and management assistance (TMA) contract. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 09:47am EDT
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OPM, GSA combine forces for new take on training contract

The General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management sign an agreement to co-manage the new training and management assistance contract. GSA will handle the acquisition facets, and OPM will oversee requirements and services part of the contract that could be worth billions of dollars.

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 03:55am EDT
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Charities, lawmakers voice concerns over OPM's rewrite of CFC rules

New regulations published this week by the Office of Personnel Management aim to overhaul the Combined Federal Campaign, in part by eliminating cash donations in favor of online giving and requiring charities to pay fees to cover the administrative costs of the program. But some charity groups say OPM's regulations are too focused on wringing more efficiencies out of the annual fundraising drive instead of on re-energizing a workplace-giving program that has seen declining donations in recent years.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 04:09pm EDT

Building blocks for financial literacy

Federal benefits specialist Ray Kirk discusses how to achieve your financial goals by using the building blocks provided by the federal government.
April 14, 2014

Monday - 04/14/2014, 08:16pm EDT
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OPM amends CFC rule to streamline donor process, improve transparency

The Office of Personnel Management published a final rule to amend the of regulations of the Combined Federal Campaign. The changes make it easier for federal employees to contribute to the charities of their choice and increase transparency of the donor process.

Monday - 04/14/2014, 05:50pm EDT

OPM to begin survey of feds later this month

The Office of Personnel Management is preparing to take the temperature of the federal workforce. The annual survey tracking federal workers' job satisfaction across an array of factors will be sent to employees later this month, according to a memo to agency heads from OPM Director Katherine Archuleta.

Monday - 04/14/2014, 05:36pm EDT

What topics are trending for the federal workforce?

Julie Perkins hosts a roundtable discussion of the hottest topics in the federal government.
April 11, 2014

Friday - 04/11/2014, 08:08pm EDT
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Pay gap shrinks between female and male feds

Female federal employees earn on average 87 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts, according to a new review from the Office of Personnel Management. Still, the pay gap between men and women in the white-collar federal workforce has dropped significantly over the past 20 years. And across many individual occupations and grades, men and women now earn comparable levels of pay, according to OPM's new report. OPM's review found much of the continued pay disparity between male and female feds can be explained by their presence in different occupational categories.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 12:16pm EDT

Retirement backlog shrinks for first time this year

Thanks to better than expected progress in processing federal retirement claims last month, the Office of Personnel Management's backlog of pending claims is shrinking for the first time this year. By the end of March, the number of backlogged claims shrank from more than 23,500 claims to about 18,500.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 12:02pm EDT

Better trained supervisors key to improving morale

Federal News Radio's survey of agency chief human capital officers and deputy CHCOs finds that employee engagement and supervisor training are among the most common ways they are improving the morale of the workforce. NASA CHCO Jeri Buchholz said training of these supervisors is key to making agencies run more smoothly.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 06:14am EDT
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Improving the federal workforce

Avue Technologies Co-CEO Linda Rix will discuss some ideas on how to make the federal government a more attractive option for job seekers.
March 28,2014 (Encore presentation April 4, 2014)

Friday - 03/28/2014, 07:49pm EDT
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Is low employee morale 'compromising' the federal government?

In the wake of across-the-board budget cuts, furloughs and slim -- or no -- annual pay raises, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says he's concerned about a nose-dive in federal-employee morale. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is now asking the Government Accountability Office to look into recent trends in feds' job satisfaction. The lawmakers are concerned declining satisfaction "may be compromising the federal government's ability to serve the American people."

Friday - 03/28/2014, 10:58am EDT

OPM wants to keep FEHBP premium increases 'in check'

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta says she wants to keep premium increases for federal employees' health coverage "in check." In a keynote speech at the annual FEHB Program Carrier Conference in Arlington, Va., Thursday Archuleta also called on insurance carriers to make prescription drugs more affordable and urged more federal employees to sign up for wellness programs.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 11:34am EDT

OPM's focus in hiring reform shifting from speed to quality

The Office of Personnel Management is making tweaks to how agencies report time-to-hire data. But experts who spoke to Federal News Radio say they don't think OPM is giving up on the idea of improving the federal hiring process. Instead, they say, it appears OPM may be shifting its focus to measuring the quality of new federal hires.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 04:54pm EDT

GOP lawmakers seek updated 'official time' report

Two Republican members of the House want to know how many hours federal employees are spending on union-related business while on the job. Reps. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) and Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) wrote to Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta urging the agency to release updated data on employees' use of "official time." The most recent year for which data is available is from 2011.

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 02:37pm EDT

Unions hope new tools will help labor-management forums be more effective

The National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations is getting ready to launch new tools to help partnerships between agency management and federal-employee unions better measure their effectiveness. A handful of agencies are months late in compiling metrics on the use and effectiveness of the forums, according to a report presented at a meeting of the labor-management council Wednesday. Unions are frustrated with the haphazard data collection.

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 05:16pm EDT

White House backs 13 recommendations to improve security clearance process

Six months after 34-year-old IT contractor Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard killing 12 people, concerns about missed red flags in his background and gaps in the security clearance process are now turning into action. The Obama administration released the findings of a interagency review of the federal security clearance process Tuesday. Among the 13 recommendations for shoring up the system are continuously evaluating clearance holders rather than relying on infrequent check-ups and improving investigators' access to state and local police records.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 04:28pm EDT

Federal offices closed Monday

Federal offices in the Washington D.C. area are closed Monday. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work will follow their agency's policies.

Monday - 03/17/2014, 04:09am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

More changes coming to OPM's IT organization.

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 05:27pm EDT
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OPM begins its march toward a modern IT infrastructure

The Office of Personnel Management will focus its efforts around six pillars and a series of initiatives to improve how it uses and delivers technology services. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said the plan helps reinforce the collaborative approach needed to implement IT systems.

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 03:50am EDT
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