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9:02 am, May 29, 2015

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GAO finds highs, lows in agencies' human capital management

Yvonne Jones, the Government Accountability Office's director of strategic issues, tells a Senate panel human capital management is critical to improving government's performance.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 05:29pm EDT
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Brian Friel, Government Contracts Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Office of Personnel Management and General Services Administration wraps up an industry day on their latest contracting opportunity. Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTs) is a human resources and training contract vehicle for all agencies. Requests for proposal will likely come from OPM and GSA by June 30. Brian Friel, a government contracts analyst with Bloomberg Government, is looking at HCaTs and the addition of two other contracts to BGOV's top 20 contracting opportunities. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what to expect.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:05pm EDT
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John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

Twenty-five agencies can now make special appointments to hire new digital services experts faster. The Office of Personnel Management says jobs are at General Schedule 11 to 15 levels for up to two years. It's similar to the pilot program OPM launched for the General Services Administration's 18-F program and Office of Management and Budget's Digital Services office last year. On In Depth with Francis Rose, John Salamone, vice president of FMP Consulting and former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, says the authority is better late than never.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:27pm EDT
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Sorry feds, pot still illegal, OPM says

The Office of Personnel Management reminded feds that federal laws on marijuana use remain unchanged following the passage of a ballot initiative in the District of Columbia that took effect in February.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 10:49am EDT

GAO: Most agencies meeting requirements to improve records management

The Office of Management and Budget and the National Archives issued a set of requirements in 2012 for agencies to improve their electronic records management. A new Government Accountability Office report says most agencies are meeting those requirements, but some still have more work to do.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 11:39am EDT
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OMB initiates FedStat to hone in on mission, management issues

The latest in a long line of data-driven reviews will give agencies a chance to compare themselves internally and externally with similar federal programs. OMB created FedStat as a way to use the data from its back-office benchmarking effort.

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 04:28am EDT
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Despite declining budgets, CHCOs still desire outside training opportunities

A new survey federal CHCOs, deputy CHCOs and CLOs by Federal News Radio found budget challenges and workforce turnover is causing agencies to value training and education even more. This is putting chief learning officers in a new and more prominent role to ensure critical skill gaps are filled and employees are turned into leaders.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 05:28pm EDT
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OPM lags on retirement processing in April

It's taking longer for the Office of Personnel Management to process retirement claims. By the end of April, OPM had processed less than three-quarters of claims in 60 days or less.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 11:33am EDT

OPM lets agencies decide if conferences count as training

It will be up to agencies to decide whether to pay for employees to go to such events as part of their official duties, the Office of Personnel Management says.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 03:20pm EDT

OPM grants all agencies excepted hiring authorities for digital services

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta approved the use of excepted service appointments for up to two years at General Schedule 11 to 15 levels for agencies with approved projects in need of digital services expertise.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 02:51pm EDT
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New board to advise OPM director on federal retirement plans

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta will appoint a board to make recommendations about and advise on issues affecting federal retirement plans.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 05:52pm EDT

Nominations open for 2015 Causey Awards

The Causey Awards recognize federal employees and government contractors for their innovations and achievements in the human capital arena. Nominate someone today.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:36am EDT

New federal leave policies a good start, but more should be done

President Barack Obama's memo directing OPM and federal agencies to implement leave practices that support parental leave was a good start, but more needs to be done, says former DHS human capital exec Jeff Neal.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 04:40am EDT

Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

A toxic political environment is the number one reason people leave the senior executive service, according to exit surveys with the Office of Personnel Management. More than half say senior leadership and their agency's organizational structure aren't helping either. Bob Tobias is professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose and guest co-host Karen Evans, he analyzed OPM's exit survey results, and how many senior executives feel they could be convinced to stay on the job.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:11pm EDT
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We need to address 'deep, systemic problems' to improve federal workforce morale

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) wants to improve working conditions for federal workers by dealing with poorly performing employees more quickly. He said most federal workers are committed, hard-working people, but long-standing challenges are hampering employee success need to be addressed.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 03:46am EDT

SES members leaving for greener pastures, OPM finds

Members retiring from the Senior Executive Service say they're leaving for better-paying work, and cite politics and management as reasons for departure - but insist it's still a great place to work.

Friday - 04/24/2015, 11:33am EDT

Rep. Cummings warns more feds at risk in USIS cyber breach

A review by federal cyber experts from DHS, ODNI and OPM raise the prospect that the initial estimate of 27,000 federal employees thought to have been impacted by the August 2014 cyber breach of security clearance contractor USIS is low. In light of that breach and others, OMB led a governmentwide review of contracts to ensure contractors are in compliance with laws and policies to protect government data on non-federal systems.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 03:46am EDT
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Katherine Archuleta talks REDI Roadmap at OPM

Director Katherine Archuleta discusses the Office of Personnel Management's new Recruitment, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion Roadmap on this week's Women of Washington radio show.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 06:47pm EDT

With online learning for feds, OPM sees narrowed skills gap

Following up on the success of its first continuing education program, the Office of Personnel Management on Monday announced its partnership with Champlain College, a 137-year-old private college based in Burlington, Vermont. Federal workers and their spouses will be able to enroll in degree or certificate programs before the start of the summer 2015 semester. The admission deadline is June 5.

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 11:26am EDT

Sergio Fernandez, Indiana University Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Agencies have been using the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to get feedback since 2002. It's one of the main tools used by the Office of Personnel Management to monitor agencies' human capital management efforts. Now a group of researchers says the survey itself could stand some touching up. After reviewing more than 40 research articles based on Viewpoint survey data, they say there's room for improvement in survey data quality. Dr. Sergio Fernandez is an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington. He is also one of the authors of the report. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about what the research team found.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:14am EDT
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