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OPM brings background investigation reviews in-house

The Office of Personnel Management has decided that final quality reviews for background investigations will be conducted by government employees -- not contractors. A Feb. 6 statement from OPM Director Katherine Archuleta provided to Federal News Radio said starting Feb. 24 the quality-review process for background checks will be "fully federalized," and that "only federal employees will be conducting the final quality review before the investigative product is sent to the agency for review and adjudication."

Tags: oversight , background investigations

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 03:33pm EST

Pace of federal retirements slows at start of 2014

The number of federal employees filing for retirement in January swelled to more than 17,000, according to new data from the Office of Personnel Management. But that's actually about 2,600 fewer than expected. In fact, this past month marked the first time in at least two years that the number of federal workers filing for retirement in January fell below 20,000 claims.

Tags: workforce , retirement , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 11:18am EST

OPM offers agencies helping hand in perking up employee morale

Fueled by budget cuts and pay freezes, federal employee satisfaction and engagement across the government plunged last year, according to the Office of Personnel Management's annual Employee Viewpoint Survey. Now, OPM says it's here to help agencies turn around those sagging satisfaction scores.

Tags: workforce , management , employee morale , Employee Viewpoint Survey , Joseph Kennedy , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 01/28/2014, 12:09pm EST

OPM undecided whether to suspend, debar USIS after DoJ complaint

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta called Justice's case an "egregious violation of the public trust." OPM has taken steps to reform and improve the oversight of the security clearance system to prevent future "dumping" of cases.

Tags: management , workforce , security clearances , Katherine Archuleta , Justice Department , USIS , contracting , industry , Dan Gordon , George Washington University , Jason Miller

Monday - 01/27/2014, 12:33pm EST

Damned if you do, darned if you don't!

What's the worst job in Washington? Some would say it is being director of the Office of Personnel Management in winter, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And we found out why last week.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , Katherine Archuleta

Monday - 01/27/2014, 02:00am EST

The status of telework in the federal government

Jennifer Mattingley hosts a roundtable discussion of the the status of telework in the federal government.
January 24, 2014

Tags: workforce , telework , Jennifer Mattingley , Ron Sanders , Booz Allen Hamilton , Kate Lister , Global Work Analytics , Tyler Robinson , Young Government Leaders , Kimberly Wells , Shaw Bransford and Roth , Fed Talk

Friday - 01/24/2014, 10:33pm EST
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Background check firm in hot water for 'flushing' records

The Justice Department has accused the company that performed background investigations of both National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis of defrauding the government, making false statements and breach of contract. DoJ's civil complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Alabama alleges the company, which is the government's largest contractor for background-investigation services, submitted at least 665,000 background investigations to the Office of Personnel Management that hadn't been properly reviewed.

Tags: DoJ , background investigations , USIS , Edward Snowden , Aaron Alexis

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 01:29pm EST

Facebook commenters blast Archuleta over operating status

Facebook users were quick to criticize the Office of Personnel Management's decision to operate federal agencies on a two-hour delay Wednesday.

Tags: Katherine Archuleta , operating status , snow , Facebook , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 01/22/2014, 07:13am EST

OPM to RIF 300 workers from HR Solutions office

The Office of Personnel Management said it's abolishing 300 positions nationwide, about 25 percent of which are full-time workers. OPM said the budget environment where fewer agencies are hiring and training employees is causing the need to reduce staff.

Tags: workforce , Joseph Kennedy , reduction of force , HR Solutions , resume bank , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/22/2014, 02:06pm EST

Fed agencies open Wednesday under two-hour delayed arrival

Due to wintry weather conditions in the D.C. region, federal agencies will be open Wednesday, Jan. 22, under a two-hour delayed arrival. Employees also have the option for unscheduled leave or telework. The Office of Personnel Management says employees should plan to arrive for work no more than two hours later than they would normally be expected to arrive.

Tags: operating status , workforce

Tuesday - 01/21/2014, 10:03pm EST
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