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Will OPM allow flexible-spending rollovers?

Under federal "use it or lose it" rules, any unspent money employees set aside last year to pay for out-of-pocket health costs, such as prescriptions or co-pays, is forfeited at the end of the year. But a group of senators from states surrounding the Washington, D.C., area, wants to change that. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) along with Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) wrote to Katherine Archuleta, the head of the Office of Personnel Management, requesting the agency implement new regulations that would allow federal employees to roll over as much as $500 in unused funds from year to year.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , FSA , FSAFEDS , Ben Cardin , Barbara Mikulski , Tim Kaine , Mark Warner , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/30/2013, 01:06pm EST

CIO shuffle continues at SBA, DHS, OPM

SBA, OPM have new CIOs as the carousel in government IT spins once again.

Tags: SBA , Chase Garwood , Commerce Department , DHS , Renee Macklin , OMB , Beth Cobert , Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Donna Seymour

Friday - 12/20/2013, 06:09pm EST

People with disabilities make up larger share of federal workforce, but agency hiring still lags

The federal government now employs a record number of people with a disability. The Office of Personnel Management says agencies are making progress toward the President's 2010 hiring goals.

Tags: Ellen Kortesoja , Katherine Archuleta , disabilities hiring , workforce

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 03:20pm EST

OPM staffs up, reshuffles senior leadership

A little more than a month into Katherine Archuleta's tenure at the Office of Personnel Management, the agency is staffing up and reshuffling a handful of leadership positions. Archuleta, who most recently worked as the national political director for President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection effort, is bringing on board two fellow campaign staffers to serve as top advisers. The agency is also getting a new chief operating officer from within the ranks of the agency. Angela Bailey, the former associate director of employee services, has been named the agency's new COO.

Tags: people , Katherine Archuleta , Angela Bailey , Kathryn Medina , Ann Marie Habershaw , exclusive

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 02:52pm EST

Report: Nearly half of the federal workforce eligible to telework

The number of federal employees deemed eligible to telework nearly doubled last year. All told, nearly half of the entire federal workforce - more than 1 million employees - has been determined to be eligible to telework, according to an annual report to Congress from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM's report, the second since President Barack Obama signed the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, also noted sizable gains in the number of agencies with telework policies in place, in the number employees who signed telework agreements governing their work outside the office and in the frequency with which they telework.

Tags: telework , management , Telework Enhancement Act

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 01:03pm EST

Kathryn Medina to step down from CHCO Council post

Medina's last day at the Office of Personnel Management will be Jan. 3. She is leaving to join public relations firm APCO Worldwide as a senior human resources executive.

Tags: Kathryn Medina , CHCO Council , human resources , people , exclusive

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 02:01pm EST

Phased retirement: Who, when, how?

When you approach a swimming pool for the first time, do you dive straight in or dip your toe first to test the waters? Before you retire, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, wouldn't it be nice to have the toe-dipping option?

Tags: retirement , phased retirement , Mike Causey , Federal Report

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 02:00am EST

POLL: How does a DC snow day affect outside-the-Beltway feds?

When the Office of Personnel Management makes the decision to close federal offices in the Washington, D.C. region because of snow, federal employees outside the area often deride inside-the-Beltway feds for their weather wimpiness. But with hundreds of thousands of federal employees spread across the country, Federal News Radio wants to know: Does a D.C. snow day impact the work that you do wherever you are?

Tags: workforce , snow closings

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 09:31am EST

Even as federal retirements continue declining, OPM processing nosedives

The number of federal employees filing for retirement is on a downward swing. For the fifth month in a row, fewer federal employees than expected filed for retirement, according to new data from the Office of Personnel Management. However, OPM's efforts at processing federal-employee retirement applications also took a nosedive last month. OPM processed just 5,700 claims in November, less than half of what it predicted it would and nearly half the number of cases the agency cleared last month.

Tags: retirement , Ken Zawodny , retirement backlog , Jack Moore

Thursday - 12/05/2013, 05:32pm EST

OPM tweaks snow-closure policy, with added push for telework

With the official start of winter just two weeks away, the Office of Personnel Management is tweaking its closure and dismissal guidelines. The updated policy changes the way OPM will communicate delayed arrivals and continues to call on agencies to ensure all federal employees who are telework-ready actually do so when OPM gives the say-so during inclement weather.

Tags: snow policy , workforce , Brenda Roberts , Jack Moore

Thursday - 12/05/2013, 01:23pm EST
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