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Today, we released OPM’s Strategic Plan for 2018 – 2022. This blueprint for success is borne out of many long hours of brainstorming, input from within and outside of our agency, and many refined versions. Our Strategic Plan sets out agency-wide strategic goals and objectives. We feel that this is our best roadmap for the next five years.

In the weeks ahead, we hope you will find the Strategic Plan informative.

A large part of the strategic planning process focused on refreshing OPM’s core mission and vision statements. Our own employee’s voices were captured in the final versions of these bold new statements. They were also highly involved in developing the vision statement. 

Our mission statement encapsulates the purpose of OPM. In my career at OPM, which has been long, varied, and very rewarding, I have always had a deep belief in the great work we do to enable our government to succeed. That’s why I’m so excited about our new mission statement: “We lead and serve the Federal Government in enterprise human resources management by delivering policies and services to achieve a trusted effective civilian workforce.”

Our new vision statement lays out a marker as to where we are going in the future. We crafted a short yet powerful vision statement that succinctly captures the way ahead for OPM. I think it’s perfect.  “Empowering Excellence in Government through Great People.”

Four new strategic goals serve as the guideposts for the way ahead. The four areas of focus include: transforming hiring, pay, and benefits; establishing and modernizing human capital IT and leveraging data analytics and research; integrating and communicating our human capital management services; and making operational improvements to optimize agency performance.

Lastly, in addition to new core agency statements and goals, we also established new values. These values include innovation, integrity, excellence, service, and leadership. Each value is intended to support our mission, engage our workforce, and position OPM as the leader of human capital management in the federal government.

Many individuals in our workforce contributed their time, energy, and talents over the course of the past year to make this strategic plan a reality. The final product is a testament to their commitment to this agency!

For the plan to be successful, we need to execute it fully, and I am very encouraged by the enthusiasm shown by all of our goal and objective owners in developing the strategies and initiatives that will take us to the future we wish to create. I invite you to take some time this week to engage with our new Strategic Plan.


Black and white picture of Martin Luther King Jr and the text: #MLKDAY January 15, 2018. Everybody Can Be Great, Because Everybody Can Serve. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On the bottom it says OPM.gov

On Monday, January 15 we will recognize and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his prominent activism and leadership in the Civil Rights Movement. He worked tirelessly to lead and advocate for African-Americans, as well as men, and women everywhere – regardless of their color or creed, to achieve equality. Dr. King’s dedication to nonviolent social change had a profound impact on America. This Federal Holiday is celebrated by many as a day of service: “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”

As I reflect on my past year as Acting Director, I am struck by how OPM -- and Federal employees generally -- embody Dr. King’s teaching of kindness, service to others, and progress. This year was fraught with hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters, and although many communities were devastated by these tragedies, it served as a reminder of how impactful and service-oriented Federal employees can be. From those who responded as part of their official duties or volunteered their time for the relief efforts, to those who donated leave to adversely affected victims of the storms, our Federal workforce was there to offer a helping hand. In that spirit, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is another opportunity to honor and promote Dr. King’s focus on service. As we shift into MLK weekend, we’ve highlighted a number of opportunities to get involved, and to live out Dr. King’s words, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve”.

Opportunities to get involved over the MLK weekend include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)! Last year, Federal employees voluntarily participated in the CFC and contributed more than $167 million to thousands of local, national, and international causes. Today is the last day to pledge time or funds for this season’s campaign. To pledge today, visit the CFC Giving website.
  • Participate in your local communities and organizations to help the less fortunate.
  • Share ways you support MLK Day on its official social media sites:  Twitter: @MLKDay | Hashtag: #MLKDay | Facebook.com/MLKDay.

Thank you, Federal employees, for all you do! 


The PMF Program is the Federal Government’s flagship leadership development program for entry level professionals with advanced degrees. The program helps Federal agencies access a prescreened talent pool of highly-skilled graduates holding advanced degrees, in order to build a cadre of potential leaders for the Federal government. PMFs are appointed to a temporary, two-year Federal position, where they apply their skills while engaging in leadership development programs that can include classroom, cohort, and rotational experiences.  The Fellowship can lead to a permanent career appointment at a Federal agency. This year, over 6,000 individuals from around the world applied for this prestigious program, and through a rigorous assessment and selection process we have selected 425 Finalists.  The Class of 2018 PMF Finalists represent 69 different degree programs across 161 academic institutions both in the U.S. and across the globe.

Throughout the next year, the Class of 2018 PMF Finalists will have the opportunity to interview with Federal agencies across government to find placements as Fellows. PMFs serve in a variety of Federal positions across government and bring sought-after talent and domain expertise to civil service.  As we continue to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the PMF Program this year, I am incredibly excited to welcome this Class of 2018 Finalists into the PMF family. OPM is honored to have played a role in the success of this Program (and its predecessor, the Presidential Management Interns Program) over the past 40 years.

This anniversary of the PMF Program reminds us of the importance of public service and the legacy of those who serve. The PMF Program has created a lasting legacy of leadership and quality service across Government and I am confident that it will continue to do so in the future.

To find out more about the PMF Program, please check out our website at www.pmf.gov.  



Today, OPM celebrates National Native American Heritage Day and recognizes the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of what eventually became the United States.  Native American Heritage Day is a civil holiday observed the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S.  

The month of November is nationally recognized as Native American Heritage Month, with a day specifically designated to celebrate the achievements, culture, and traditions of our Native American citizens.

In President Trump’s proclamation recognizing November as National Native American Heritage Month, he states, “Native Americans have influenced every stage of America's development. They helped early European settlers survive and thrive in a new land. They contributed democratic ideas to our constitutional Framers. And, for more than 200 years, they have bravely answered the call to defend our Nation, serving with distinction in every branch of the United States Armed Forces. The Nation is grateful for the service and sacrifice of all American Indians and Alaska Natives.”

OPM concurs with the President’s view that Native Americans taught the first European settlers the deep importance of culture, and enthusiasm of traditions. Today, the National Museum of the American Indian will be holding a unique family celebration of Native American Heritage Day showcasing different ways that Native people give thanks. I invite you to join in the museum’s Family Fun Day, and explore the interactive programs which include dancing, games, short children’s films, and storytelling.

Please join us in recognizing the many accomplishments and contributions of Native Americas.  We thank them for their contributions to our great Nation.

 


 

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, the United States of America will unite in honor of our Nation’s veterans, and pay tribute to their sacrifice for our country.

As President Donald J. Trump said in his 2017 Veterans Day proclamation, “Our veterans represent the very best of America. They have bravely answered the call to serve in the finest military force in the world, and they have earned the dignity that comes with wearing the uniform and defending our great flag. On Veterans Day, we honor all Americans who have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, both in times of war and peace. For nearly 100 years, since the end of World War I, Veterans Day has given us a time to pay due respect to our veterans, who have passed the torch of liberty from one generation to the next.”

At the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), we also believe that our veterans represent the very best of America. We know that from working alongside veterans and their families. We see that in our Veterans Services Office here at OPM, as we strive every day to reach out to veterans, transitioning service members, Federal agencies, Veterans Services Organizations, and other stakeholders to support veteran hiring in the Federal Government.

I personally want our veterans to know that their value to our Nation will always be immeasurable, even long after they’ve hung their combat boots up. My father was a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps (predecessor to the U.S. Air Force).  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals for his service in the Pacific Theatre in WWII.  He rejoined Federal service when he was discharged and served about 40 years at the U.S. Postal Service.  The pride I feel for him, and everyone who has served our Nation, will never fade.

Our veterans are, and will always be, valued members of the Federal Civil Service and American citizenry.  America is the land of the free, because of the brave. Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service.


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