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Senate bill blocks background-check firms from reviewing own work

The Preventing Conflicts of Interest with Contractors Act would block the Office of Personnel Management from contracting with companies to perform final quality reviews if those same companies are also responsible for conducting initial investigations. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta announced in early February that, going forward, only federal employees would conduct final quality reviews. The new bill writes Archuleta's decision into law. Otherwise it could be reversed by a future OPM director.

Tags: Senate , Congress , jon tester , Claire McCaskill , Mark Begich , security clearances , background investigations , Katherine Archuleta , Jack Moore

Friday - 02/28/2014, 11:32am EST

Federal agencies in DC open; option for unscheduled leave, telework

Federal agencies in Washington, D.C., are open Wednesday. Employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Tags: operating status , workforce , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 04:15am EST

Federal agencies in DC area open Friday under 2-hour delayed arrival

Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C., region are open Friday, February 14, with a two-hour delayed arrival in effect. Employees also have the option to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Tags: operating status , workforce

Thursday - 02/13/2014, 10:05pm EST

Congress eyeing legislative fix for security clearances

President Barack Obama signed the OPM IG Act into law this week. The law provides the agency's top watchdog with an additional source of funding to conduct audits and investigations of the security-clearance process.

Tags: oversight , background investigations , security clearances , Stephen Lynch , Darrell Issa , jon tester , Patrick McFarland , Congress , House , Senate , Jack Moore

Thursday - 02/13/2014, 04:14pm EST

Background check probe zeroes in on USIS contracts

Among the issues considered Tuesday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee were contracting practices at the Office of Personnel Management that allowed the largest background-investigation contactor -- accused by the Justice Department of taking improper shortcuts and defrauding the government -- to conduct quality reviews of its own work.

Tags: oversight , background checks , USIS , Sterling Phillips , Katherine Archuleta , Elijah Cummings , Darrell Issa , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 02/11/2014, 04:24pm EST

OPM cancels $2B training RFP 15 months into the acquisition process

The Office of Personnel Management told contractors last week that the solicitation under the Customized Human Resources Solutions Services initiative would be withdrawn and a new one would be released in the coming months. OPM says the government's training and management assistance needs changed and the current RFP wouldn't meet them.

Tags: Customized Human Resources Solutions Services , contracting , industry , workforce , training , management assistance , bid protests , Jason Miller ,

Monday - 02/10/2014, 04:52pm EST

OPM brings background investigation reviews in-house

The Office of Personnel Management has decided that final quality reviews for background investigations will be conducted by government employees -- not contractors. A Feb. 6 statement from OPM Director Katherine Archuleta provided to Federal News Radio said starting Feb. 24 the quality-review process for background checks will be "fully federalized," and that "only federal employees will be conducting the final quality review before the investigative product is sent to the agency for review and adjudication."

Tags: oversight , background investigations

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 03:33pm EST

Pace of federal retirements slows at start of 2014

The number of federal employees filing for retirement in January swelled to more than 17,000, according to new data from the Office of Personnel Management. But that's actually about 2,600 fewer than expected. In fact, this past month marked the first time in at least two years that the number of federal workers filing for retirement in January fell below 20,000 claims.

Tags: workforce , retirement , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 11:18am EST

OPM offers agencies helping hand in perking up employee morale

Fueled by budget cuts and pay freezes, federal employee satisfaction and engagement across the government plunged last year, according to the Office of Personnel Management's annual Employee Viewpoint Survey. Now, OPM says it's here to help agencies turn around those sagging satisfaction scores.

Tags: workforce , management , employee morale , Employee Viewpoint Survey , Joseph Kennedy , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 01/28/2014, 12:09pm EST

OPM undecided whether to suspend, debar USIS after DoJ complaint

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta called Justice's case an "egregious violation of the public trust." OPM has taken steps to reform and improve the oversight of the security clearance system to prevent future "dumping" of cases.

Tags: management , workforce , security clearances , Katherine Archuleta , Justice Department , USIS , contracting , industry , Dan Gordon , George Washington University , Jason Miller

Monday - 01/27/2014, 12:33pm EST
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