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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

Retirement claims tick up in February, OPM retools federal retirement forecast

More than 12,000 federal employees filed for retirement last month, according to new data from the Office of Personnel Management. That was about 2,200 more retirement applications than the agency expected to receive under new monthly projections it began using this month. Despite an overall slower pace of retirements this year compared to last, OPM's progress in clearing a longstanding inventory of claims appears to have stalled. In fact, the backlog grew in February by more than 2,200 claims.

Tags: retirement , retirement backlog , Jack Moore

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 12:46pm EST

Obama to propose employee training improvements in 2015 budget

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta didn't have details on the proposals, but she said agencies need to learn from each other and build on their successes.

Tags: workforce , training , budget , Barack Obama , Katherine Archuleta , NTEU , Jason Miller

Monday - 03/03/2014, 04:31am EST

Feds thank OPM for early call on government closure

Federal employees thanked the Office of Personnel Management for its early announcement that federal agencies in D.C. would be closed Monday. The comments come in stark contrast to complaints about OPM calling closures or delays too late.

Tags: Facebook , Twitter , operating status , workforce , Shefali Kapadia

Monday - 03/03/2014, 09:12am EST

Senate bill blocks background-check firms from reviewing own work

The Preventing Conflicts of Interest with Contractors Act would block the Office of Personnel Management from contracting with companies to perform final quality reviews if those same companies are also responsible for conducting initial investigations. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta announced in early February that, going forward, only federal employees would conduct final quality reviews. The new bill writes Archuleta's decision into law. Otherwise it could be reversed by a future OPM director.

Tags: Senate , Congress , Jon Tester , Claire McCaskill , Mark Begich , security clearances , background investigations , Katherine Archuleta , Jack Moore

Friday - 02/28/2014, 11:32am EST

Federal agencies in DC open; option for unscheduled leave, telework

Federal agencies in Washington, D.C., are open Wednesday. Employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Tags: operating status , workforce , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 04:15am EST

Federal agencies in DC area open Friday under 2-hour delayed arrival

Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C., region are open Friday, February 14, with a two-hour delayed arrival in effect. Employees also have the option to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Tags: operating status , workforce

Thursday - 02/13/2014, 10:05pm EST

Congress eyeing legislative fix for security clearances

President Barack Obama signed the OPM IG Act into law this week. The law provides the agency's top watchdog with an additional source of funding to conduct audits and investigations of the security-clearance process.

Tags: oversight , background investigations , security clearances , Stephen Lynch , Darrell Issa , Jon Tester , Patrick McFarland , Congress , House , Senate , Jack Moore

Thursday - 02/13/2014, 04:14pm EST

Background check probe zeroes in on USIS contracts

Among the issues considered Tuesday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee were contracting practices at the Office of Personnel Management that allowed the largest background-investigation contactor -- accused by the Justice Department of taking improper shortcuts and defrauding the government -- to conduct quality reviews of its own work.

Tags: oversight , background checks , USIS , Sterling Phillips , Katherine Archuleta , Elijah Cummings , Darrell Issa , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 02/11/2014, 04:24pm EST

OPM cancels $2B training RFP 15 months into the acquisition process

The Office of Personnel Management told contractors last week that the solicitation under the Customized Human Resources Solutions Services initiative would be withdrawn and a new one would be released in the coming months. OPM says the government's training and management assistance needs changed and the current RFP wouldn't meet them.

Tags: Customized Human Resources Solutions Services , contracting , industry , workforce , training , management assistance , bid protests , Jason Miller ,

Monday - 02/10/2014, 04:52pm EST
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