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8:12 am, December 19, 2014

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OPM warns 48,439 federal employees of data exposure

The Office of Personnel Management is going to notify 48,439 federal employees whose personal information may have been exposed due to a compromised computer network at KeyPoint Government Solutions.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 04:10pm EST

Washington's secret (until now) shutdown squad

Who are the decision makers in Washington, D.C.? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's not who you think.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 02:00am EST

OPM updates closure procedures; no excused absences for pre-approved paid leave

Under new dismissal and closure procedures issued by the Office of Personnel Management today, federal employees who are on pre-approved paid leave during a government closure will no longer be given an excused absence.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 01:35pm EST

OPM proposes changes to SES performance standards

The goal of the proposed rule is to clarify and update the three-year-old performance appraisal system for senior executives, and provide more oversight.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:32pm EST

OPM sets deadline for agency SES requests

The Office of Personnel Management is asking agencies to forecast how many Senior Executive Service positions they'll need for the next two fiscal years.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 11:09am EST

OPM proposes new metrics for FEHBP

The Office of Personnel Management wants comments on a new framework to measure the effectiveness of the insurance carriers under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 05:51pm EST

Valerie Melvin, Director of Information Management, GAO

17 federal contractors each claim to know the best way to modernize the retirement system at the Office of Personnel Management. Those vendors pitched their ideas to OPM at an Industry Day earlier this year, and now the agency's gearing up for its fifth attempt to modernize its system. Valerie Melvin is Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said OPM needs to weigh its options carefully so the fifth try is the one that finally sticks.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:22pm EST
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Jenny Mattingley, Director of Government Affairs, Senior Executives Association

The Office of Personnel Management wants to change your agency's performance rating system for senior executives. Its proposal is in the Federal Register, and time's running out to weigh in with your own comments and critiques. Jenny Mattingley is director of government affairs for the Senior Executives Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained what the new system might look like.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:06pm EST
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Several US government buildings lose power

Several US government buildings lose power because of transformer, construction troubles

Monday - 12/15/2014, 01:54pm EST

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The Office of Personnel Management's retirement claims backlog is down by about 10,000 claims in the past 10 months. The average processing time is at 37 days. OPM says an updated case management system will help it do better, but it's not sure yet what exactly that system will look like. Jessica Klement, legislative director for National Active and Retired Federal Employees, and her association's president, Richard Thissen, testified Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, US Postal Service and the Census. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the concerns she's hearing from NARFE members.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:07pm EST
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OPM plots steps to modernize retirement system IT in 2015

Office of Personnel Management officials told the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Census about its plan to buy a case management system. The case management system will serve as the foundation for yet another attempt at modernizing the retirement system.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:27am EST
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Dan Chenok and Rick Holgate, Co-Chairs, ACT-IAC

The Office of Personnel Management is trying for the fifth time to modernize its technology for processing retirement claims. OPM will choose a foundation for a fully automated system next year. Rick Holgate is Chief Information Officer of the Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and Dan Chenok is senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government. They're both co-chairs for ACT-IAC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how agencies like OPM, and others, are planning their IT futures.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:34pm EST
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Disability hiring on the rise, OPM says

Four years after a push from the President, the federal government is hiring employees with disabilities at a rate that's higher than it's been in decades, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 11:39am EST

Obama gives feds four-day holiday weekend

President Barack Obama signed an executive order closing all executive branch offices and agencies on Friday, Dec. 26, creating a four-day weekend for most federal employees.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 07:19pm EST

Retirement claims take a dip in November, OPM says

After receiving 4,000 more retirement claims in October than it expected to, the Office of Personnel Management received 2,000 fewer than it expect to in the month of November.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 03:06pm EST

IT reform bill overcomes toughest hurdle on path to become law

The House and Senate Armed Services committee members agreed to keep a pared down version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act in the final National Defense Authorization Act.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:19pm EST

Jim Hagy, director, Deloitte

One of the newest hires at your agency could be someone that hasn't had a job in a long time. The Office of Personnel Management is helping agencies find and recruit people who haven't had a job in a while to help the long-term unemployment rate. Jim Hagy is a director for Deloitte's Department of Defense Human Capital practice. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered some other human capital management strategies.

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 05:25pm EST
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OPM details self-plus-one FEHBP option

In a proposed rule expected to be released Dec. 3, the Office of Personnel Management outlines how this new benefit will work for federal employees and retirees. OPM is accepting comments on the proposal.

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 02:00pm EST

White House to hold federal managers accountable for employee engagement

Senior managers soon may have more to fret about when it's time to discuss their performance with the boss: Are they engaging employees and creating inclusive work environments?

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 02:03pm EST

GAO raises concerns about quality of OPM official time data

GAO finds discrepancies in OPM data on union-related work by federal employees. OPM admits that official time reporting is not a priority.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 06:37pm EST
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