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Kimberly Holden, OPM

Most federal agencies have shaved weeks, even months, off of their hiring times in response to a 2010 presidential memo. Most hires are now completed within 80 days. But faster doesn't necessarily mean better. The Office of Personnel Management has revised its reporting requirements to focus on quality. Kimberly Holden is OPM's deputy associate director for Recruitment and Hiring. She spoke with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. She says hiring time is just one measurement of how well agencies are filling positions.

Tags: Kimberly Holden , hiring reforms , workforce , CHCO Council , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 07:45am EDT
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OPM expanding HRstat to help agencies parse workforce data

In a memo to agency chief human capital officers, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said eight additional agencies have signed on HRstat. The data-driven review sessions aim to help agencies better parse out HR data and trends and use them to assess their performance.

Tags: management , workforce , HRstat , Katherine Archuleta

Monday - 05/26/2014, 02:05pm EDT

Fixing the security clearance mess starts with bringing background investigations back in house

Matthew Baum, a former investigator in OPM's now-defunct Office of Federal Investigations, questions whether politics and privatization went too far by outsourcing background investigations.

Tags: Matthew Baum , commentary , background investigations , USIS , Trust Redefined , workforce

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 01:17pm EDT

Phased retirement: 49 and 1/2 shades of gray

What's maybe going to top the summer must-read list for federal workers? It's one of the hottest topics in government: phased retirement. Coming soon, we think, to a cubicle near you, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , retirement , phased retirement ,

Friday - 05/16/2014, 02:00am EDT

Concerns over quality continue to plague OPM's background investigations

Ten years ago, the federal government was faced with a crisis in managing security clearances: costly delays and backlogs in performing background investigations. The Office of Personnel Management stepped in and tremendous progress clearing the backlog and meeting strict new timelines mandated by Congress. But some critics now worry too much focus has been put on speed in the process and not enough attention has been given to quality. In our special report, Questioning Clearances, Federal News Radio examines why efforts to measure the quality of background investigations have stalled.

Tags: security clearances , background investigations , Brenda Farrell , GAO , Merton Miller , DoD , Questioning Clearances , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 02:00am EDT

Background investigation fraud case against USIS moved to DC court

Less than two weeks ago, a federal judge approved the transfer of the case alleging USIS with improperly conducting thousands of background-check reviews to Washington, D.C. An investigation conducted by the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general remains ongoing. OPM says it has confidence in the reforms put in place by the company.

Tags: Merton Miller , background checks , Sterling Phillips , USIS , security clearances , Charles Tiefer

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 03:28pm EDT

OPM's crackdown on background check fraud leads to jail time -- for some

Since 2008, the Office of Personnel Management has been on a crusade to root out falsification in background investigations using the courts. Nearly two dozen background investigators for either OPM or one of its contractors have been criminally prosecuted for misconduct ranging from outright falsifying reports, known as "ghostwriting," to performing sloppy checks that failed to adhere to OPM's standards.

Tags: oversight , security clearances , background investigations , USIS , Charles Tiefer , Carolyn Martin

Friday - 05/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

Agency leaders 'on a mission' to pump up employee morale

Federal employees are growing increasingly frustrated with budget cuts, stagnant pay levels and a negative perception of the federal bureaucracy, government surveys reveal. At a townhall event hosted by the Partnership for Public Service, the heads of the Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security and Labor say they're getting the message.

Tags: morale , management , Jeh Johnson , Penny Pritzker , Katherine Archuleta , Tom Perez , DOL , DHS , workforce , Partnership for Public Service , Jack Moore

Thursday - 05/08/2014, 03:37pm EDT

Hearing weighs causes of, solutions to low morale in federal workforce

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce, hosted a hearing Tuesday to discuss the low morale of federal employees and explore possible solutions for agencies seeking to improve it.

Tags: Jon Tester , Senate , Katherine Archuleta , J. David Cox , Best Places to Work , AFGE , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , Jeri L. Buchholz , NASA , Carol Waller Pope , FLRA , employee satisfaction , Employee Viewpoint Survey , workforce , sequestration , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 01:35pm EDT

Despite uptick in retirement claims, OPM reduces backlog by 2K

The Office of Personnel Management received 8,047 new retirement claims in April, which is about 1,500 more than the 6,500 it projected that it would receive for that month.

Tags: retirement , retirement backlog , Katherine Archuleta , Michael OConnell

Monday - 05/05/2014, 05:33pm EDT
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