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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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With fewer new retirees, OPM trims claims backlog

The Office of Personnel Management saw a big drop in retirement claims for the month of March, which helped the agency trim its total claims backlog by about 3,500.

Monday - 04/06/2015, 01:02pm EDT

Women make gains in federal management, but hurdles remain

For women who dream of the corner office, now is a good time to work for the federal government, according to a report by the Office of Personnel Management.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 02:22pm EDT

Agencies' hiring of veterans hits all-time high in 2014

Veterans accounted for one of every three federal civilian new hires last year, according to the President's Council on Veterans Employment.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:25pm EDT

These lucky feds are getting a 30 percent pay raise

What would you do if your pay increased by 30 percent or more? A handful of federal employees in North Dakota and Montana's booming oil region are about to find out with their next paychecks.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 11:31am EDT

24 feds get to work with Obama on fixing the SES

The White House has named two dozen federal employees to a group that will advise the president on possible changes to the Senior Executive Service. Obama joined the group at its meeting Thursday.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:15am EDT

5 things that could be coming to your FEHBP plan in 2016

Expect some new health care options when open season rolls around later this year. We break down the Office of Personnel Management's letter to insurers about 2016 coverage.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 12:35pm EDT

OPM orchestrates cyber protections through automation

Jeff Wagner, OPM's director of IT security, said by detailing specific processes, his organization can protect the network in near real-time and ensure threats or vulnerabilities do not put the entire infrastructure at a greater risk.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 03:54pm EDT
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Council on governmentwide diversity to impact agency hiring

Following up on the Office of Personnel Management's new recruitment and retention strategy the Chief Human Capital Officers Council announced Friday a governmentwide forum on diversity hiring.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 10:56am EDT
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