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With online learning for feds, OPM sees narrowed skills gap

Following up on the success of its first continuing education program, the Office of Personnel Management on Monday announced its partnership with Champlain College, a 137-year-old private college based in Burlington, Vermont. Federal workers and their spouses will be able to enroll in degree or certificate programs before the start of the summer 2015 semester. The admission deadline is June 5.

Tags: Champlain College , cybersecurity , workforce , Katherine Archuleta , Jory Heckman

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 11:26am EDT

Sergio Fernandez, Indiana University Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Agencies have been using the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to get feedback since 2002. It's one of the main tools used by the Office of Personnel Management to monitor agencies' human capital management efforts. Now a group of researchers says the survey itself could stand some touching up. After reviewing more than 40 research articles based on Viewpoint survey data, they say there's room for improvement in survey data quality. Dr. Sergio Fernandez is an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington. He is also one of the authors of the report. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about what the research team found.

Tags: Sergio Fernandez , Indiana University , Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey ,

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:14am EDT
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With fewer new retirees, OPM trims claims backlog

The Office of Personnel Management saw a big drop in retirement claims for the month of March, which helped the agency trim its total claims backlog by about 3,500.

Tags: retirement , retirement claims processing , OPM backlog , Sean McCalley

Monday - 04/06/2015, 01:02pm EDT

Women make gains in federal management, but hurdles remain

For women who dream of the corner office, now is a good time to work for the federal government, according to a report by the Office of Personnel Management.

Tags: women , gender , diversity , workforce , Emily Kopp , management

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 02:22pm EDT

Congress to feds: Do union work on your own time

Two Georgia lawmakers have both introduced bills that would bar federal employees from conducting union work while on the clock. OPM data shows official time has been on the rise since fiscal 2008.

Tags: official time , Jody Hice , Congress , Johnny Isakson , unions , BLS , workforce

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 10:51am EDT

Veterans make up growing share of federal workforce so why is their morale faltering?

Nearly three in every 10 new employees hired by the federal government have worked for Uncle Sam before -- in uniform. But even as the federal government has found success onboarding veteran employees, new questions have been raised about the workplace environments veterans are encountering.

Tags: workforce , management , veteran , veteran hiring , Employee Viewpoint Survey , Brandon Friedman , Alex Horton , VA , Barrett Bogue , Eric Young , Bureau of Prisons , morale , Jeff Neal , Patrick Boulay

Monday - 03/10/2014, 02:00am EDT

Agencies' hiring of veterans hits all-time high in 2014

Veterans accounted for one of every three federal civilian new hires last year, according to the President's Council on Veterans Employment.

Tags: workforce , hiring , Presidents Veterans Employment Initiative , Labor , VA , Katherine Archuleta , Bob McDonald , Tom Perez , Lauren Larson

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:25pm EDT

These lucky feds are getting a 30 percent pay raise

What would you do if your pay increased by 30 percent or more? A handful of federal employees in North Dakota and Montana's booming oil region are about to find out with their next paychecks.

Tags: pay raise , pay , AFGE , Heidi Heitkamp , North Dakota , Montana , Bakken , Minot , Emily Kopp , Federal Wage System , Special Pay Request

Friday - 03/20/2015, 11:31am EDT

5 things that could be coming to your FEHBP plan in 2016

Expect some new health care options when open season rolls around later this year. We break down the Office of Personnel Management's letter to insurers about 2016 coverage.

Tags: health care , FEHBP , health insurance , Earl Gay , transgender , self plus one , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 12:35pm EDT

OPM banks on data to attract younger, more diverse job seekers

Four in 10 federal employees will be eligible to retire in the next five years. Who will take their place remains the big question. Meanwhile, 70 percent of jobs advertised on USAJobs.gov go to internal candidates, says Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta.

Tags: Katherine Archuleta , REDI , hiring , workforce , data , USAJobs.gov , Emily Kopp

Monday - 03/09/2015, 05:58pm EDT
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