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Charities bristle at OPM's proposed changes to CFC program

The Office of Personnel Management's proposed changes to the Combined Federal Campaign, the annual federal fundraising drive, are getting a frosty reception from local charities. OPM wants to do away with the local volunteer coordinating committees and put in place a set of more centralized regional committees established by OPM. It also wants to require charities to pay an application fee and eliminate cash and check donations in favor of electronic donations. However, some charities say the proposed changes would likely lead to fewer charities joining the program -- and fewer total donations.

Tags: Congress , House , oversight , CFC , Debby Hampton , Mark Lambert , Kal Stein , EarthShare , Ken Berger

Wednesday - 07/10/2013, 07:57pm EDT

Federal health premiums to rise 3.7 percent in 2014

Health premiums for federal employees are going up an average of 3.7 percent, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Postal Service employees, who separate negotiating rights over premiums, will see, on average, a 3.8 percent increase.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , FEHBP , health insurance , Open Season , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 11:36am EDT

Navy officials push for security clearance changes

The Navy, in a report released Monday, revealed that the shooter, Aaron Alexis, did not disclose a 2004 arrest or some financial problems when he filled out his application for a security clearance when he joined the Navy as a reservist several years later. And officials said the background report given to the Navy at the time, also failed to reveal that he had shot out the tires of another person's car during a 2004 dispute in Seattle.

Tags: Navy , security clearance , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 04:10am EDT

Ambassador John Berry checks in Down Under

Former OPM director introduces himself to his new Australian neighbors through State Department-produced video. Through Facebook comments, Aussies welcome new ambassador and spouse.

Tags: John Berry , Curtis Yee , State Department , Australia , people , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 09/19/2013, 03:52pm EDT

GSA plans to stop providing HR shared services

The General Services Administration will focus on its core mission and let others provide payroll and human resources services. The decision comes as shared services is gaining momentum as OPM is pumping some energy back into the HR line of business, and the Interior will release a new geospatial platform to host data and applications.

Tags: management , technology , shared services , OMB , Norm Dong , Scott Bernard , GSA , Anne Rung , David Vargas , Joe Ward , Jerry Johnston , Interior Department , Geospatial information , ACT-IAC , DHS , Jeff Spicka , Jason Miller , Uncle Sam

Friday - 09/13/2013, 06:06am EDT
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Retirement backlog falls in August after OPM restores employee overtime

The Office of Personnel Management processed more retirement applications than expected last month -- for the first time since April. The enhanced processing power is thanks to a year-end budget review that allowed OPM to restore limited overtime for employees working in its Retirement Services Offices, OPM said. The agency had suspended employee overtime beginning in April, citing the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

Tags: retirement , retirement backlog , Jack Moore

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 12:34pm EDT

Self plus one, chained CPI, & COLAs

NARFE's David Snell will discuss the impact of a proposed change to how federal retirees' cost-of-living adjustments are calculated.
September 4, 2013

Tags: David Snell , NARFE , Your Turn with Mike Causey , chained CPI , phased retirement , self-plus-one , benefits , retirement , workforce , Mike Causey

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 08:26pm EDT
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OPM to manage part of Affordable Care Act program

The launch of state insurance exchanges will have little impact on most federal employees, the Office of Personnel Management says. It's a different story for OPM, itself, however. Due to its experience managing the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, OPM has been tasked with managing a part of the new health exchange system.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , health insurance , FEHBP , Elaine Kaplan , Jack Moore

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 04:37pm EDT

Court ruling gives agencies 'weapon' against employees, union says

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are not entitled to a key civil-service protection under a recent ruling by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington. Andres Grajales, deputy general counsel for the American Federation of Government Employees who represented two federal employees in the case, said the ruling gives agencies a weapon against employees.

Tags: DoD , MSPB , OSC , whistleblower protections , Andres Grajales , AFGE , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 02:32pm EDT
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OPM pushes telework for March on Washington anniversary

The Office of Personnel Management is pushing federal agencies to allow their employees to telework Wednesday to help ease traffic congestion stemming from the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington. The federal government will remain open on Aug. 28.

Tags: telework , Elaine Kaplan , March on Washington , Jack Moore

Monday - 08/26/2013, 03:28pm EDT
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