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OPM releases final rule on phased retirement

The rule comes more than two years after President Barack Obama signed the provision into law on July 6, 2012. Under the final rule, eligible employees can work part time while drawing on part of their earned retirement benefits. Phased retirees must also spend at least 20 percent of their time mentoring other employees.

Tags: phased retirement , Katherine Archuleta , final rule , retirement , pay and benefits , NARFE , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 08:22am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management releases rules on how federal employees can phase in their retirement. They've been two years in the making. But OPM is leaving key decisions up to agencies. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details. Read related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , phased retirement , final rules

Friday - 08/08/2014, 08:40am EDT
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Despite rise in retirement claims, OPM remains on course in cutting backlog

The Office of Personnel Management received 9,101 retirement claims -- about 1,000 more than it had projected for the month, according to data OPM released Tuesday.

Tags: retirement , claims backlog , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 03:05pm EDT

Random audits would close gaps in security clearance process

The Enhanced Security Clearance Act of 2013 requires the Office of Personnel Management to implement an enhanced security clearance system. Under the system, every security clearance gets two random audits over a five-year time period.

Tags: security clearance , Senate , Tom Carper , Claire McCaskill , Kelly Ayotte , Tom Coburn , Shefali Kapadia , oversight

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 04:00pm EDT

DoD gave security clearances to thousands of 'federal tax cheats'

About 83,000 Defense Department employees and contractors, who held or were determined eligible for a security clearance, owed more than $730 million in unpaid taxes as of June 2012, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Per GAO's recommendations, the Office of Personnel Management, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and DoD are now working to include tax-compliance checks to enhance security clearance processes.

Tags: DoD , IRS , GAO , ODNI , management , technology , security clearance , Tom Coburn , Evan Lesser , Stephanie Wasko

Monday - 07/28/2014, 04:33pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management will release results of the 2014 Employee Viewpoint Survey in the next month or so. The National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations is offering agencies a head start in making better use of the data. Kelley Carameli is the co-chairwoman of the council's Measures and Incentives working group. She's also a health science specialist at the Veterans Health Administration. She tells Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller about the new approach to measuring employee engagement. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , Kelley Carameli , Employee Viewpoint Survey

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 06:07pm EDT
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Agencies offered new approach to measure employee engagement

Ahead of results of the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint survey, a National Council on Federal Labor Management Relations working group proposed its initial ways to improve employee engagement through the use of different types of metrics. The Office of Personnel Management is expected to release the annual EVS results in August.

Tags: workforce , employee engagement , OMB , VA , Beth Cobert , Kelley Carameli , Employee Viewpoint Survey , National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Feds given more flexibility updating FEDVIP plans

The Office of Personnel Management just issued a final rule that lets a subset of federal employees enroll in or switch dental and vision plans outside of the open enrollment periods. The amendment goes into effect next month.

Tags: FEDVIP , FEHB , dental/vision plans , QLE , enrollment , Dena Levitz , married , pay and benefits , workforce

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 11:21am EDT

OPM releases new employee engagement tool

The Office of Personnel Management is giving agencies a way to better understand and utilize data gleaned from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) and OPM's Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI).

Tags: dashboard , management agenda , Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey , Enterprise Human Resources Integration , UnlockTalent.gov , workforce

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 03:36pm EDT

TSP scores high, flexible spending low in latest federal employee benefits survey

While federal employees gave high marks on usefulness and importance to the Thrift Savings Plan, only a small percentage said they had flexible spending accounts because they saw little value in the program. The results are part of a survey that OPM has been doing since 2004 to gauge worker opinions on the health and wellness benefits it offers.

Tags: benefits , survey , TSP , flexible spending accounts , long-term care insurance , FEHB , Dena Levitz , NARFE , David Snell

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 03:30pm EDT
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