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Security clearance process ready for, in need of its next makeover

OMB is set to begin next week a 120-day review of three broad areas around security clearances. DoD and ODNI are pursuing initiatives to create a continuous evaluation process for employees with secret and top secret approvals. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members say recent events show the process is broken.

Tags: management , security clearance , OMB , Joe Jordan , Stephen Lewis , DoD , Brian Prioletti , ODNI , Elaine Kaplan , Claire McCaskill , Rob Portman , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Jason Miller

Friday - 11/01/2013, 03:51am EDT

Senate approves Archuleta to head OPM

The 62-35 vote comes more than five months after President Barack Obama nominated the former Labor Department chief of staff and Obama reelection campaign official to serve as the next head of the agency.

Tags: Congress , Senate , people , Katherine Archuleta ,

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 06:56pm EDT

DOJ joins whistleblower suit against company that vetted Snowden, Alexis

The Justice Department has joined a whistleblower False Claims Act suit against the federal government's largest provider of background investigations. Filed under the False Claims Act, the suit alleges that USIS, which currently has a multimillion-dollar contract with the Office of Personnel Management, failed to properly review its casework before providing it OPM.

Tags: DoJ , USIS , whistleblower lawsuit , False Claims Act , Elaine Kaplan , Edward Snowden , Aaron Alexis , background investigations , oversight , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 04:21pm EDT

Senate bill calls for random background checks for clearance holders

Five senators introduce bipartisan bill aimed at enhancing how the Office of Personnel Management handles the clearances of federal employees and contractors to access classified information. If enacted, the legislation would require OPM conduct random, automated reviews twice every five years of public records and databases for information about individuals with security clearances.

Tags: Senate , Susan Collins , Claire McCaskill , Kelly Ayotte , Heidi Heitkamp , security clearance , background checks , TechAmerica , Trey Hodgkins , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 04:55pm EDT

Feds get more time to give, as OPM extends CFC deadline

OPM Acting Director Elaine Kaplan extends the Combined Federal Campaign one month, to Jan. 15, 2014, giving feds more time to contribute to their favorite charities.

Tags: CFC , Tony DeCristofaro , Elaine Kaplan , In Depth , DoD , workforce

Friday - 10/25/2013, 01:16pm EDT
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FAQ: Federal pay and benefits questions answered as feds return to work

The Office of Personnel Management updated its operating status early Thursday morning to "open." OPM says furloughed employees are expected to return to work Thursday, absent other instructions from their employing agencies. The Office of Management and Budget issued guidance to department and agency heads early Thursday, instructing them to reopen offices promptly and recall all furloughed employees.

Tags: workforce , government shutdown , Jack Moore , back pay , furlough

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 11:30pm EDT

OPM clarifies leave, holiday policies during shutdown

Federal employees who are "excepted" from furloughs have remained on the job despite the government shutdown, which is now stretching into its third week. OPM updated its shutdown guidance Friday to include instructions on how to handle "brief or intermittent unpaid absences" by excepted federal employees. Overall, OPM has made more than a dozen changes to its shutdown guidance since congressional appropriations for fiscal 2014 lapsed two weeks ago.

Tags: government shutdown , workforce , Jack Moore

Monday - 10/14/2013, 11:24am EDT

With fewer feds retiring, OPM back on track in retirement processing

About 5,800 federal employees filed retirement applications in September, according to new data provided from the Office of Personnel Management. That's some 2,600 fewer than OPM expected to receive and more than 6,000 fewer than submitted applications in September 2012. That unexpected drop allowed OPM to process more applications than it anticipated and to make significant progress clearing a longstanding backlog of cases.

Tags: retirement , retirement backlog , Jack Moore

Friday - 10/04/2013, 03:52pm EDT

OPM final rule: Lawmakers, staff eligible for gov't contribution in exchanges

The Office of Personnel Management has made it official: Lawmakers and their staff members are required to purchase health insurance from one of the Affordable Care Act's health-insurance exchanges --but the government will still contribute toward their premiums. OPM issued the final rule, which goes into effect immediately, Wednesday.

Tags: FEHBP , ACA , pay and benefits , benefits , Congress , House , Senate , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 04:47pm EDT
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