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July 2014

  • A Day in the Life: Matthew and MeganJul 25, 2014

    Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes is a great way to really learn what they do every day, and how we can make their lives better. I joined the President’s “Day in the Life” effort. Throughout the summer, senior administrators are traveling the country speaking with -- and learning from -- the people we work for every day.

  • 2014 Sustainability/Energy ScorecardJul 25, 2014

    The Sustainability and Energy Scorecard, issued annually by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), rates agency performance in achieving Federal environmental goals. In FY 2013, OPM made progress in each goal area, including reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, building energy intensity, water intensity, and fleet petroleum.

  • A Present on the ADA's BirthdayJul 21, 2014

    This Saturday, July 26, marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a day for us to celebrate the tremendous contributions of people with disabilities to our country.

  • OPM Releases UnlockTalent.gov DashboardJul 15, 2014

    OPM is providing Federal agencies with a new and powerful online tool to help them boost employee engagement.

  • Federally Employed Women Leadership SummitJul 11, 2014

    Hello women in Federal Government! What a great event. Congratulations Federally Employed Women on 45 years of providing excellent leadership training for women. I am so happy to be here to help you celebrate.

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June 2014

  • Continuing the Work of our Founding FathersJul 3, 2014

    We all love to celebrate the Fourth of July. It is, after all, the birthday of our country. We grill, watch fireworks, and spend quality time with family and friends – what isn’t there to love? But as we celebrate the holiday and the gift of independence that our Founding Fathers gave us, I want to reflect for a moment on the gifts Americans have given us throughout history and continue to gift us every day.

  • Our Plan Behind the People and Culture Pillar of the President's Management AgendaJun 30, 2014

    From Katherine Archuleta, Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and Jonathan McBride, Director of the Presidential Personnel Office. Through his Management Agenda, President Obama is committed to delivering a smarter, more innovative and more accountable government for the American people.

  • Millennials: Let's TalkJun 27, 2014

    It’s no secret that we need more millennials in the Federal government. Currently only 7% of the workforce is under the age of 30. And this sought-after demographic is a constant topic of the national conversation – their habits, their vices, their skills. But instead of talking about them, I want to talk to them.

  • Inspiration at the Working Families SummitJun 24, 2014

    I was honored to speak at the White House Summit on Working Families. The conference, co-hosted by the Department of Labor and the Center for American Progress, brought together business and labor leaders, economists, policy makers, advocates and everyday citizens to discuss policy solutions that can make a real difference in the lives of working families and ensure America’s global competitiveness in the coming decades.

  • Knocking Out Hunger as a Federal FamilyJun 16, 2014

    Feds Feed Families has begun! Since 2009, Federal employees have joined together in the summer months to stock food pantries in communities across the country.

  • My Brother's Keeper: A Call to ActionJun 13, 2014

    On May 30, 2014, President Obama called on Americans from all walks of life to get involved in My Brother’s Keeper by signing a pledge to become long-term mentors to young people.

  • Recruiting: Albuquerque StyleJun 12, 2014

    OPM Director Katherine Archuleta joins the Society of American Indian Government Employees at its annual training program in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaJun 11, 2014

    View remarks given by OPM Director Katherine Archuleta at the 2014 Society of American Indian Government Employees’ 11th Annual National Training Program.

  • Time is Running Out to Take the Federal Employee Viewpoint SurveyJun 10, 2014

    Calling all Federal employees: Have you taken the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey? The FEVS, which OPM administers, is a powerful management tool that helps your senior leaders and managers drive change at your agency. The data we get from your responses tells us what is working and what we can do better.

  • PRESS CALL: Director Archuleta to discuss 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint SurveyJun 9, 2014

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta will discuss the importance of the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) as a powerful management tool, explain the uses of the data collected through the FEVS, and encourage Federal employees to complete their surveys.

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaJun 5, 2014

    OPM Director Katherine Archuleta gives remarks at the Asian American Government Executives Network Leadership Development Workshop in Arlington, Virginia.

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May 2014

  • Celebrating LGBT Pride MonthJun 6, 2014

    June is LGBT Pride Month. One of the best ways to celebrate this community is by making sure that its members have the same rights and benefits as the rest of our Federal family.

  • Welcoming New Citizens May 28, 2014

    Among the many great honors I have had as Director of the Office of Personnel Management is being able to welcome our country’s newest citizens. I had that pleasure again this past weekend when I spoke to 1,206 new Americans in San Francisco.

  • Honor Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day May 23, 2014

    As we get ready to commemorate Memorial Day weekend and enjoy the first outdoor celebration of the season, I hope all of us will take a moment to reflect on the meaning of this holiday: to remember the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to the United States as members of the armed forces.

  • Sharing with Silicon ValleyMay 22, 2014

    As I work to make sure we continue to build a model workforce for the 21st Century, I have been traveling around the country meeting with Federal employees, college students, faculty members and community leaders to learn from their experiences. This week, I spent some time in Silicon Valley talking to technology industry leaders about recruiting, retaining and engaging our employees.

  • OPM Adds to Affordable Care Act SuccessesMay 19, 2014

    As millions of Americans are benefiting from quality, affordable health care because of the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act, I want to let you know that OPM’s Multi-State Plan program is making a difference in the lives of nearly 300,000 people who have chosen this option in the health law’s Marketplace.

  • National Mental Health Awareness Month May 15, 2014

    At the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, we know how important it is to take care of all aspects of the health of our Federal family and their loved ones at every stage of live. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and I want to use this blog to start an important conversation. To be at our best at work, at home, and in our communities, we need to be mentally and physically healthy.

  • Call for Nominations for the 2014 Presidential Rank AwardsMay 13, 2014

    Today, OPM kicked off the 2014 Presidential Rank Awards (PRA) process by asking agencies to nominate distinguished members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and Senior Level (SL)/Scientific or Professional (ST) employees. These prestigious awards recognize these SES and SL/ST employees for sustained accomplishments over a period of years.

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaMay 12, 2014

    OPM Director Katherine Archuleta gives remarks at the GovExec Magazine Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.

  • My First Commencement SpeechMay 12, 2014

    This past weekend I had the honor of giving my first ever commencement speech to the 2014 graduating class of the University of Texas at Brownsville. What a great event!

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthMay 7, 2014

    Each May since 1977 we have celebrated the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the American Story. During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month we recognize the culture, traditions, history, and generations of AAPI community who have enriched America’s history and will be instrumental in its future success.

  • Celebrating Federal Employees during Public Service Recognition Week (May 4-10, 2014)May 5, 2014

    PSRW is time set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees and ensure that our government is the best in the world. Use hashtag #FedSpirit on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to publicly recognize a Federal employee who represents the spirit of PSRW.

  • Complimentary Webinars on Contemporary Leadership during PSRWMay 5, 2014

    In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, OPM’s Center for Leadership Development is offering five complimentary 1-hour webinars on contemporary leadership topics. Register Today!

  • Celebrating Public Service Recognition WeekMay 2, 2014

    From May 4 to 10, the Office of Personnel Management is celebrating Public Service Recognition Week. PSRW, a week dedicated to the service of the Federal workforce, will feature opportunities for agencies to recognize the work of Federal employees who serve their country at home and abroad.

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April 2014

  • Let's Get Prepared! Apr 30, 2014

    April 30 is America’s PrepareAthon! National Day of Action. OPM is a national partner in this nationwide, community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness and resilience.

  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Apr 29, 2014

    OPM announced the release of the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

  • Veterans Employment Council Discusses Strategy to Increase Employment and Retention of Veterans in Federal GovernmentApr 29, 2014

    The President's Council on Veterans Employment, Co-Chaired by Secretary of Labor, Thomas E. Perez, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, and Vice-Chaired by OPM Director, Katherine Archuleta, met to discuss the progress made in implementing Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government.

  • Let's Play Ball Apr 29, 2014

    I have some exciting news. A week from today I will be on the field at Nationals Park. And you can be too. On Tuesday, May 6th, the Washington Nationals will help us celebrate Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) by hosting “Federal Employee Appreciation Night,” and they’ve invited me to throw out the first pitch.

  • OPM and GSA Partner on Training and Management SolutionApr 28, 2014

    OPM and the General Services Administration announced a new partnership to jointly manage the solicitation and award of a new strategically sourced, multiple award contract vehicle to support OPM’s Training and Management Assistance program, which provides customized human capital and training services to all agencies.

  • OPM and UMUC Alliance Offers Federal Employees Discounted Rates to Pursue Post-Secondary EducationApr 17, 2014

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) signed a first-of-its-kind agreement to provide a 25 percent discount on out-of-state tuition rates on courses, certificates, and degree programs to all current Federal employees, spouses, and their legal dependents.

  • Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) 2014 FinalistsApr 15, 2014

    Congratulations to the Class of 2014 PMF Finalists!

  • OPM Issues Final Rule to Revitalize the Combined Federal Campaign RegulationsApr 11, 2014

    The final regulations, which will be published in the Federal Register in the coming days, will amend the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) by providing Federal employees more choice, convenience, and confidence, as well as a more cost-effective system.

  • Making Progress toward Fair and Equal WagesApr 11, 2014

    Today, as part of our larger focus on ensuring transparency within the Federal government, the Office of Personnel Management is releasing a study the President ordered to examine the federal government’s progress to guarantee that all workers can earn a fair and equal wage.

  • HR University Reaches $100 Million in Cost SavingsApr 2, 2014

    HR University (HRU) reached a milestone with $100 million in cost-savings government-wide. HRU is a prime example of how we are developing a first-class Federal workforce that is well-prepared, well-trained and has the right skills.

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March 2014

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaMar 27, 2014

    OPM Director Katherine Archuleta gives remarks at the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program Carriers Conference in Arlington, Virginia.

  • Retirement Processing is On the MoveMar 24, 2014

    OPM is committed to the accurate and timely processing of retirement claims to Federal retirees. In recent months, we have taken steps to reduce the backlog in processing Federal employee retirement requests, addressed the needs of the Retirement Services (RS) Information Technology system and improved customer service in RS.

  • March 17, 2014 Operating StatusMar 17, 2014

    FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC, area are CLOSED. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency's policies, including written telework agreements.

  • OPM’s Strategic Plan FY2014-2018 Mar 14, 2014

    The Office of Personnel Management exists to support the men and women who serve the American people as Federal workers. Over the next four years, this strategic plan will guide the agency’s efforts to recruit, retain, and honor a world-class workforce and continue to be a model employer for the 21st Century.

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaMar 13, 2014

    OPM Director Katherine Archuleta gives remarks at the USDA’s celebration of Women’s History Month.

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaMar 11, 2014

    OPM Director Katherine Archuleta gave remarks at the Federal Managers Association’s 76th National Conference and Management Training Seminar.

  • Strategic Information Technology PlanMar 11, 2014

    The Plan provides a framework rooted in the use of human resources data throughout an HR lifecycle. It also establishes enabling, enterprise and business initiatives that define OPM’s IT efforts.

  • National Women's History MonthMar 6, 2014

    Each year, the President designates March as National Women’s History Month as one way that Americans in schools, workplaces and local communities can take the time to reflect on the accomplishments and legacies of women who have shaped our great country’s history.

  • March 4, 2014 Operating StatusMar 3, 2014

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN under 2 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.

  • March 3, 2014 Operating StatusMar 2, 2014

    FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC, area are CLOSED. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency's policies, including written telework agreements.

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February 2014

  • February 26, 2014 Operating StatusFeb 26, 2014

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN and employees have the OPTION for UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK.

  • February 14, 2014 Operating StatusFeb 13, 2014

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN under 2 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.

  • February 13, 2014 Operating StatusFeb 12, 2014

    FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC, area are CLOSED. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency's policies, including written telework agreements.

  • February 5, 2014 Operating StatusFeb 5, 2014

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN and employees have the OPTION for UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK.

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January 2014

  • Draft Position Classification Flysheet for Records Management Series, 0308Jan 23, 2014

    The flysheet proposes to establish an occupational series, consistently defining records management activities throughout the Federal Government. Deadline for agencies to conduct a general review of the duties covered by this draft flysheet has been extended through March 10, 2014.

  • January 22, 2014 Operating StatusJan 21, 2014

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN under 2 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.

  • January 21, 2014 Operating StatusJan 21, 2014

    FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC, area are CLOSED. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency's policies, including written telework agreements.

  • January 3, 2014 Operating StatusJan 2, 2014

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN and employees have the OPTION for UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK.

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