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Brian Friel, Government Contracts Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Office of Personnel Management and General Services Administration wraps up an industry day on their latest contracting opportunity. Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTs) is a human resources and training contract vehicle for all agencies. Requests for proposal will likely come from OPM and GSA by June 30. Brian Friel, a government contracts analyst with Bloomberg Government, is looking at HCaTs and the addition of two other contracts to BGOV's top 20 contracting opportunities. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what to expect.

Tags: Brian Friel , Bloomberg Government , workforce , management , In Depth

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:05pm EDT
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GAO finds highs, lows in agencies' human capital management

Yvonne Jones, the Government Accountability Office's director of strategic issues, tells a Senate panel human capital management is critical to improving government's performance.

Tags: Yvonne Jones , GAO , human capital management , workforce , management , Senate , Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee , In Depth , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 05:29pm EDT
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John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

Twenty-five agencies can now make special appointments to hire new digital services experts faster. The Office of Personnel Management says jobs are at General Schedule 11 to 15 levels for up to two years. It's similar to the pilot program OPM launched for the General Services Administration's 18-F program and Office of Management and Budget's Digital Services office last year. On In Depth with Francis Rose, John Salamone, vice president of FMP Consulting and former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, says the authority is better late than never.

Tags: John Salamone , FMP Consulting , GSA , 18 F , In Depth

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:27pm EDT
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Sorry feds, pot still illegal, OPM says

The Office of Personnel Management reminded feds that federal laws on marijuana use remain unchanged following the passage of a ballot initiative in the District of Columbia that took effect in February.

Tags: workforce , marijuana , Katherine Archuleta

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 10:49am EDT

OMB initiates FedStat to hone in on mission, management issues

The latest in a long line of data-driven reviews will give agencies a chance to compare themselves internally and externally with similar federal programs. OMB created FedStat as a way to use the data from its back-office benchmarking effort.

Tags: Jason Miller , Data-driven reviews , Joint Financial Management Improvement Program , Employee engagement , workforce , Shared services , Angela Bailey , FedStat , Presidentís Management Agenda , Beth Cobert , OMB , management

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 04:28am EDT
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Despite declining budgets, CHCOs still desire outside training opportunities

A new survey federal CHCOs, deputy CHCOs and CLOs by Federal News Radio found budget challenges and workforce turnover is causing agencies to value training and education even more. This is putting chief learning officers in a new and more prominent role to ensure critical skill gaps are filled and employees are turned into leaders.

Tags: workforce , Training , Chief Learning Officers Council , Sydney Heimbrock , CXO Surveys , Jason Miller , exclusive

Monday - 05/11/2015, 05:28pm EDT
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OPM lags on retirement processing in April

It's taking longer for the Office of Personnel Management to process retirement claims. By the end of April, OPM had processed less than three-quarters of claims in 60 days or less.

Tags: retirement , Jory Heckman

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 11:33am EDT

OPM grants all agencies excepted hiring authorities for digital services

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta approved the use of excepted service appointments for up to two years at General Schedule 11 to 15 levels for agencies with approved projects in need of digital services expertise.

Tags: Technology , workforce , Digital services , Smarter IT Delivery Agenda , excepted hiring authority , Katherine Archuleta , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 02:51pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies have new power to hire experts to work on specific IT projects without having to go through the standard federal hiring process. The Office of Personnel Management authorizes the use of excepted service for digital services experts. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why OPM took this unusual step.

Tags: Jason Miller , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 05:01pm EDT
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New board to advise OPM director on federal retirement plans

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta will appoint a board to make recommendations about and advise on issues affecting federal retirement plans.

Tags: Katherine Archuleta , Board of Actuaries of the Civil Service Retirement System , Oversight , retirement , FERS , CSRS , CSRDF , pay and benefits , Federal Register , Michael OConnell , Gregory Kissel

Monday - 05/04/2015, 05:52pm EDT
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