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6:33 am, October 24, 2014

OPM News

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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The TSP and more

CBS MoneyWatch Columnist Allan Roth discusses what you can do to maximize your TSP investments, and Nicole Johnson from the Federal Times discusses OPM's plans to reform its IT systems.
March 12, 2014

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 07:37pm EDT
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Tracking feds' morale, changes to General Schedule part of 2015 budget plan

The Obama administration is calling on agencies to get smarter about tracking employee morale and engagement. The administration plans to roll out an "engagement dashboard" this year that agency supervisors can use to track the mood of their workforces. It's just one part of a planned overhaul of federal management called for in President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget blueprint. Other initiatives include a revamp of the General Schedule personnel system, real-time performance reviews of management efforts and enhanced training for senior executives.

Monday - 03/10/2014, 02:08pm EDT

Retirement claims tick up in February, OPM retools federal retirement forecast

More than 12,000 federal employees filed for retirement last month, according to new data from the Office of Personnel Management. That was about 2,200 more retirement applications than the agency expected to receive under new monthly projections it began using this month. Despite an overall slower pace of retirements this year compared to last, OPM's progress in clearing a longstanding inventory of claims appears to have stalled. In fact, the backlog grew in February by more than 2,200 claims.

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 12:46pm EST

Federal offices open Tuesday with delayed arrival

Federal offices in the D.C. region will open with a two-hour delayed arrival Tuesday, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Federal workers will have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. Workers are expected to arrive at work no later than two hours after they are normally expected to.

Monday - 03/03/2014, 10:00pm EST

Feds thank OPM for early call on government closure

Federal employees thanked the Office of Personnel Management for its early announcement that federal agencies in D.C. would be closed Monday. The comments come in stark contrast to complaints about OPM calling closures or delays too late.

Monday - 03/03/2014, 09:12am EST

Obama to propose employee training improvements in 2015 budget

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta didn't have details on the proposals, but she said agencies need to learn from each other and build on their successes.

Monday - 03/03/2014, 04:31am EST

Senate bill blocks background-check firms from reviewing own work

The Preventing Conflicts of Interest with Contractors Act would block the Office of Personnel Management from contracting with companies to perform final quality reviews if those same companies are also responsible for conducting initial investigations. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta announced in early February that, going forward, only federal employees would conduct final quality reviews. The new bill writes Archuleta's decision into law. Otherwise it could be reversed by a future OPM director.

Friday - 02/28/2014, 11:32am EST

Federal agencies in DC open; option for unscheduled leave, telework

Federal agencies in Washington, D.C., are open Wednesday. Employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 04:15am EST

Conquering the snow...federal style

The Office of Personnel Management closed federal offices Thursday because of snow, but that doesn't mean all federal operations ceased. Click through the gallery to see how feds and others conquered the snow. Email us your photos. What did you do on your day off Thursday? What does your agency's parking lot look like today? We'll continue to update this gallery with your pics!

Friday - 02/14/2014, 05:20am EST

Federal agencies in DC area open Friday under 2-hour delayed arrival

Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C., region are open Friday, February 14, with a two-hour delayed arrival in effect. Employees also have the option to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Thursday - 02/13/2014, 10:05pm EST

Congress eyeing legislative fix for security clearances

President Barack Obama signed the OPM IG Act into law this week. The law provides the agency's top watchdog with an additional source of funding to conduct audits and investigations of the security-clearance process.

Thursday - 02/13/2014, 04:14pm EST
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