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Managing morale - lessons from OPM's John Berry

John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, offers his tips for managing the federal workforce during tough times.

Tags: workforce , OPM , morale , Managing Morale

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 02:00am EST

Senators ask OMB to intervene in retirement backlog

A new letter, signed by Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), calls on the Office of Management and Budget to take on the "urgent matter" of processing federal retirements. The letter comes a week after a Senate subcommittee hearing in which the Office of Personnel Management was taken to task for its handling of the longstanding backlog.

Tags: workforce , retirement , OPM , Mark Warner , Barbara Mikulski , Ben Cardin , OMB , Jeffrey Zients , Congress , Senate , retirement backlog

Monday - 02/06/2012, 07:06pm EST

OPM strategy for clearing retirement backlog not just IT issue

The overwhelmed retirement claims backlog at the Office of Personnel Management is only partly a technology problem. John Salamone, a managing consultant at FMP Consulting and the former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the potential complications for OPM ahead.

Tags: OPM , workforce , technology , retirement , retirement backlog , John Salamone , FMP Consulting , In Depth , Francis Rose

Friday - 02/03/2012, 05:07pm EST
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Senators take OPM to task over long wait for pensions

The Office of Personnel Management has a new strategy for tackling its backlog of 62,000 retirement applications. But, after 25 years of hearing such promises, lawmakers are skeptical. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Reform Subcommittee on Oversight brought agency director John Berry to Capitol Hill to explain why this strategy is different.

Tags: OPM , retirement , pay and benefits , workforce , technology , Congress , Senate , Mark Warner , Daniel Akaka , GAO , Valerie Melvin , Patrick McFarland , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 01:51pm EST
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Senate committee to vet OPM annuity processing strategy

The Office of Personnel Management's new strategy to catch up on its backlog of retirement claims will be vetted publicly during a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management.

Tags: OPM , Senate , retirement , Government Managers Coalition , Patrick McFarland , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 08:06pm EST

OPM to extend viewpoint survey to all feds

All federal employees will have the opportunity to participate in this year's Employee Viewpoint Survey. The Office of Personnel Management's annual survey of federal workers' opinions often is used to set administrative policies at agencies. In past years, only a third of the workforce had been asked to participate.

Tags: OPM , Employee Viewpoint Survey , Emily Kopp , management , workforce

Tuesday - 01/24/2012, 03:14pm EST

OPM online training course aims to make telework more accessible

The Office of Personnel Management has updated the telework training offered through Telework.gov. Agencies must provide telework training to employees who are able and willing to work outside the office before the two parties sign a telework agreement. The upgrades will allow agencies to track which employees use and complete the training, according to the memo.

Tags: telwork , Telework Enhancement Act , snow policy , workforce , OPM , Emily Kopp , training

Monday - 01/23/2012, 04:05pm EST

Federal health plans to offer Blue Button digital health-record access

All health insurance options in federal health plans will soon allow members to download a digital version of their health records using a technology called Blue Button, the Office of Personnel Management announced. The adoption of the Blue Button technology, whose use was spearheaded by the Veterans Affairs Department, will make it easer to share digital records with family members and physicians.

Tags: technology , health IT , electronic medical records , VA , Blue Button , OPM , FEHBP , pay and benefits , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 08:07pm EST

New SES appraisal system meant to align agencies

The White House has announced a new system for evaluating the performance of Senior Executive Service members. The system should establish greater consistency among agencies, according to a memo by the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management.

Tags: SES , OPM , OMB , workforce , management , performance management , Jeff Zients , Emily Kopp , Carol Bonosaro , SEA , Steve Shih , Jeff Neal , Ron Sanders

Friday - 01/06/2012, 02:57pm EST
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OPM's new CTO, Bowen, to handle USAJobs, retirement system

The Office of Personnel Management has hired David Bowen as its new chief technology officer. Bowen was the Federal Aviation Administration's chief information officer.

Tags: David Bowen , FAA , OPM , USAJobs , Matt Perry , retirement system modernization , technology , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 06:18pm EST
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