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Ambassador John Berry checks in Down Under

Former OPM director introduces himself to his new Australian neighbors through State Department-produced video. Through Facebook comments, Aussies welcome new ambassador and spouse.

Thursday - 09/19/2013, 03:52pm EDT

Senators seek probe into how Navy shooter got clearance

Key senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are seeking answers into how the contractor employee responsible for the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that killed 12 people obtained his security clearance. In a Sept. 18 letter, Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), requested the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general look into what type of clearance the shooter, identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, held as well as what federal agency conducted his background investigation.

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 04:20pm EDT

GSA plans to stop providing HR shared services

The General Services Administration will focus on its core mission and let others provide payroll and human resources services. The decision comes as shared services is gaining momentum as OPM is pumping some energy back into the HR line of business, and the Interior will release a new geospatial platform to host data and applications.

Friday - 09/13/2013, 06:06am EDT
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Retirement backlog falls in August after OPM restores employee overtime

The Office of Personnel Management processed more retirement applications than expected last month -- for the first time since April. The enhanced processing power is thanks to a year-end budget review that allowed OPM to restore limited overtime for employees working in its Retirement Services Offices, OPM said. The agency had suspended employee overtime beginning in April, citing the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 12:34pm EDT

Self plus one, chained CPI, & COLAs

NARFE's David Snell will discuss the impact of a proposed change to how federal retirees' cost-of-living adjustments are calculated.
September 4, 2013

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 08:26pm EDT
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OPM to manage part of Affordable Care Act program

The launch of state insurance exchanges will have little impact on most federal employees, the Office of Personnel Management says. It's a different story for OPM, itself, however. Due to its experience managing the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, OPM has been tasked with managing a part of the new health exchange system.

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 04:37pm EDT

Court ruling gives agencies 'weapon' against employees, union says

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are not entitled to a key civil-service protection under a recent ruling by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington. Andres Grajales, deputy general counsel for the American Federation of Government Employees who represented two federal employees in the case, said the ruling gives agencies a weapon against employees.

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 02:32pm EDT
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OPM pushes telework for March on Washington anniversary

The Office of Personnel Management is pushing federal agencies to allow their employees to telework Wednesday to help ease traffic congestion stemming from the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington. The federal government will remain open on Aug. 28.

Monday - 08/26/2013, 03:28pm EDT

Chained CPI could cost retirees thousands over time, NARFE says

A proposed change to how federal retirees' cost-of-living adjustments are calculated could have a huge, negative impact, according to David Snell of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. NARFE is urging its members and retirees to contact their congressmen during the week of Sept. 16 to express their opposition to the chained consumer price index.

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 02:57pm EDT
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Man collects $340K in deceased mother's federal benefits

After his mother died in 1999, a Washington, D.C. man continued to collect Social Security retirement benefits and Office of Personnel Management annuity checks for 15 years.

Monday - 08/19/2013, 05:44pm EDT

OPM asking feds' opinions of their health, wellness benefits

OPM has kicked off its bi-annual Federal Employee Benefits Survey in an effort to measure the importance, adequacy and value of employee benefits to ensure that available assistance aligns with best practices and employee needs.

Friday - 08/16/2013, 03:09pm EDT

OPM updates relocation, retention and recruitment regs

The final rule issued in Wednesday's Federal Register requires agencies to recertify recruitment incentives annually. Relocation and retention rules affecting federal employees have also been updated.

Wednesday - 08/14/2013, 03:57pm EDT

OPM provision defines how Congress, staff receive health benefits in 2014

Congress and some congressional staff members will no longer be eligible for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, when The Affordable Care Act goes in to effect in January. OPM explains what that means.

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 04:07pm EDT

Union wants rewrite of phased-retirement rules

The National Treasury Employees Union supports the general idea of phased retirement but has taken issue with some of the specifics set out by the Office of Personnel Management in its draft regulations. NTEU President Colleen Kelley says the rules, in their current form, require would-be phased retirees to have 20 years of experience, which could limit the number of employee eligible for the program. NTEU is also concerned about the lack of an appeals process for feds deemed ineligible for the option.

Monday - 08/05/2013, 05:03pm EDT
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Retirement backlog grows slightly in July

For the third month in a row, the Office of Personnel Management failed to meet its monthly goal for processing retirement claims. OPM's backlog now sits at 25,601 claims, up slightly from June. OPM blames its reduced processing power on the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. To comply with the budget shortfalls, OPM was forced to suspend overtime for its employees in its Retirement Services division starting April 28.

Monday - 08/05/2013, 12:52pm EDT

Citing sequestration, OPM pushes back retirement processing goal

The Office of Personnel Management now estimates it will not be able to clear a longstanding backlog of retirement claims until next summer. OPM Associate Director for Retirement Services Ken Zawodny told Federal News Radio the suspension of overtime in late April has left the agency essentially treading water when it comes to processing retirement applications.

Monday - 08/05/2013, 10:00am EDT
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Hold on OPM nominee likely short lived

The White House says the Office of Personnel Management will issue the final rule on how the Affordable Care Act would apply to lawmakers and their staffs on Oct. 1. The Senate confirms the former OPM Director John Berry to be ambassador to Australia, the Census director, the CFO at Commerce and the Navy's comptroller and assistant secretary for energy, installations and the environment.

Friday - 08/02/2013, 02:27pm EDT

House wants to beef up agency customer service

Legislation aimed at improving response times and customer service across government agencies passed the House Wednesday.

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 07:48am EDT

Sen. Coburn to put hold on OPM director nominee

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said he wants an answer from Office of Personnel Management and the White House on how the Affordable Care Act will apply to lawmakers and their staff before moving forward with Katherine Archuleta's nomination to serve as OPM director.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 01:47pm EDT
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GAO advocates for a better-defined grants-management workforce

A new GAO report is recommending OMB be more specific in its guidance on grant management. The report said 5,100 employees are significantly involved in managing grants.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 06:29am EDT
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