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Our Director Top Priorities

OPM has set out six priority areas:

  1. Retirement Processing: Based on the past year's success in speeding retirement processing, OPM is systematically closing in on our goal to process 90% of cases within 60 days, while also incrementally updating our systems to transition to a paperless process.
  2. Multi-State Plans: In one of our newest responsibilities, OPM will establish and administer the Multi-State Plans set out in the Affordable Care Act. The Multi-State Plans will be affordable, quality health insurance options made available on the Exchanges currently being established in each state and the District of Columbia. Our most important deadlines for Multi-State Plans will come this year – so the plans can be in place when open enrollment begins on October 1.
  3. Skills Gap: OPM and the CHCO Council are working together close the skills gap on mission critical positions across Government. We will follow through on short and long-term strategies that will assure the Federal government's ready and able to recruit, retain, and train staff for mission critical occupations like acquisition, cyber security, auditors, economists, human resources and STEM careers now and in the future.
  4. Background Investigations: With over 2.2 million background investigative products completed each year, and an increasing number of Top Secret investigative requests, we will need to keep a clear focus to continue to meet our 40-day timeline for the fastest 90% of initial background investigations.
  5. Diversity and Inclusion: By Executive Order, OPM is the lead agency on increasing Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal workforce. These efforts will help employees of all backgrounds contribute to their fullest potential, assuring that employees and applicants are measured by how well they do the job – and nothing else.
  6. Performance Management: Taking lessons learned from the pilot projects under the Goals, Engagement, Accountability and Results (GEAR) framework, OPM will help agencies better engage with their employees to boost performance, to align individual goals with agency goals, to hold poor performers accountable, and to get the best results for the American people.
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