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Did OPM flub Monday's delayed arrival announcement?

OPM announced federal offices would be open Monday on a "delayed arrival" schedule. It was the first time the agency has used the classification since it revamped its closure policies last year. But it didn't go off without a hitch - OPM updated the operating status language twice and some federal employees said they were confused by OPM's communication.

Tags: OPM , operating status , NTEU , AFGE , Jack Moore , Thomas Richards

Monday - 01/28/2013, 04:00pm EST

Can East Meet West at Interior?

If you want to be secretary of the Interior, the first thing you do is make sure you are born west of the Mississippi, preferably in California, Arizona, New Mexico or Colorado, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what does that do to the job chances of Maryland-born, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry who is said to be on the short-list for the Interior job?

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , Interior , OPM ,

Friday - 01/25/2013, 02:00am EST

Unions frustrated by slow-roll of some labor-management forums

At the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations meeting, several employee representatives said the time has come for the committee to put more pressure on agencies to have more of the collaborative forums up and running well. During a time of budget reductions, possible furloughs and a government shutdown, the unions say the forums provide a way for agencies to better manage all of these fiscal challenges.

Tags: management , workforce , OPM , Danny Werfel , OMB , Scott Gould , VA , David Kappos , Patent and Trademark Office , Bill Dougan , NFFE , Michael Filler , International Brotherhood of Teamsters , David Holway , National Association of Government Employees , Robert Budens , Patent Office Professional Association , National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relat , labor-management relations , Jason Miller

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 05:54am EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 19, 2012

Defense analyst Jim McAleese reviews the Defense Authorization Bill agreed on by both the Senate and the House yesterday. OPM Director John Berry says proposed rules to implement phased retirement are on the fast track. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) discusses changes that will make it easier for feds to telework. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) talks about benefits that will help retain federal employees. Vivian Reifberg of McKinsey & Co. talks about why the current administrative transition is so important. Alex Bolton of The Hill discusses the fiscal cliff negotiations.

Tags: Jim McAleese , McAleese and Associates , OPM , phased retirement , retirement , John Sarbanes , telework , Telework Enhancement Act , Gerry Connolly , workforce , Vivian Riefberg , McKinsey & Co. , Alex Bolton , The Hill , congress , fiscal cliff , COLAs , Federal Drive , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , DoD , DoD Report

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 08:41am EST

OPM fast tracking draft regulations for phased retirement

Director John Berry said the agency's Innovation Lab is helping to take a different, more rapid approach to developing the proposed rule to implement the new program. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) also is suggesting the creation of a "leave bank" for workers who leave federal service but plan to return. Berry said that's an innovative idea OPM may look at.

Tags: workforce , management , OPM , Gerry Connolly , congress , telework , phased retirement , retirement claims processing , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 05:21am EST
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OPM survey: Tight budgets, pay freeze 'taking toll' on employee satisfaction

Employee satisfaction across the federal government is sagging, according to the 2012 Employee Viewpoint Survey released by the Office of Personnel Management Wednesday. While there weren't any drastic drops, scores governmentwide were down in every major measure, including employees' satisfaction with their jobs, supervisors and pay.

Tags: OPM , Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey , workforce , management , pay , pay freeze , budget , telework , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 06:13pm EST

Locality pay, official time reports likely to rekindle federal pay debate

The Federal Salary Council will submit to the Federal Pay Agent in the coming weeks a recommendation to increase the number of localities that get special pay rates. OPM also will release the annual report on how much time federal employees spend on union activities during working hours. CHCO Council will also consider certification process for HR employees.

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , OPM , Angela Bailey , Chief Human Capital Officers Council , Federal Salary Council , locality pay , official time survey , Senior Executive Service , HR University , HR certification , Pam Malam , Interior , USAJobs.gov , Presidential Management Fellows Program , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 05:27am EST
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All feds wind up buried in limestone mine

No matter what your rank or job is or where you work, in the end you will wind up buried in a limestone mine in a remote corner of Pennsylvania, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And once you retire it could be a long time before you see your first full annuity payment. But things seem to be getting better.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce , retirement , OPM ,

Tuesday - 10/09/2012, 02:00am EDT

Premiums for federal health plan set to increase 3.4 percent

The Office of Personnel Management announced 2013 premiums for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program are set to increase 3.4 percent. That's slightly below last year's increase of 3.8 percent, which had been the lowest since 2008. In 2010, premiums rose 7.3 percent.

Tags: health care , OPM , FEHBP , pay and benefits , benefits , Walt Francis , Ruben Gomez

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 01:23pm EDT

Berry aims to nix HR from high risk list in the next year

Cyber criminals might unknowingly provide the impetus to help agencies address a cybersecurity skills gap. OPM also is working with agencies to address other shortfalls in key workforce competencies.

Tags: workforce , Gene Dodaro , congress , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , GAO , High Risk list , cybersecurity , Ruben Gomez , OPM

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 12:06pm EDT
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