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Today we take a moment to step away from our busy lives to remember the life and sacrifices of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It’s a day for the nation to honor the legacy and spirit of this civil rights giant.

In his proclamation designating Jan. 20 as the MLK Federal holiday, President Obama urges Americans to come together for a day of service.

“By volunteering our time and energy, we can build stronger, healthier, more resilient communities. Today, let us put aside our narrow ambitions, lift up one another, and march a little closer to the Nation Dr. King envisioned,” the president said in his proclamation

I hope all Federal employees, each in our own way, will celebrate Dr. King’s life through an act of service to neighbors, friends and people in their communities who are in need of a helping hand. This is what Federal workers do: serve the people of this great country.

Enjoy this holiday. And make it a “day on” not just a day off.

 


I love visiting with Federal workers!

This past week I had the special opportunity to travel to Ft. Meade, Maryland to meet and share donuts and coffee with some dedicated OPM employees from our agency’s Federal Investigative Office and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).


I met such talented and engaged employees like Elaine Bosserman, who has been at OPM for 8 of the 12 years she’s worked for the Federal government. Elaine is a FIS investigative case analyst who evaluates personnel security and suitability background investigations to make sure they meet our national security and quality standards. And I visited with Cassandra, who has served her country as a Federal employee for 33 years. For the past 8 years, Cassandra has supported OPM’s mission by overseeing a team that performs a number of record checks in connection with FIS background investigations.

My trip to Ft. Meade was my first visit in 2014 with OPM employees in the field, but it won’t be my last. One of my highest priorities as Director of OPM is to be a champion of Federal employees all across this great country. And I hope to carry that message personally to as many people in our Federal family as I can.



Every January, Americans celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by stepping up and spending the holiday named to honor him by performing service in their communities. This year we will pay tribute to this great civil rights leader’s vision and accomplishments on Monday, January 20.

The MLK Day of Service is a way for us to do our part to create Dr. King’s “Beloved Community.”  Each of us in our own way can reflect on his life by reaching out to those who need our help. We can do our part to carry on Dr. King’s dream of justice, equality and human rights for all Americans.

Federal workers serve this great country each and every day. And on this special holiday we can showcase our involvement and investment in our communities. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It asks all Americans to participate in our nation’s recovery and renewal by serving their communities in ways large and small. 

I ask you to visit www.MLKDay.gov to find a project you would like to participate in. Also, if you have your own project in mind, the website provides toolkits that will help you with your effort. 

And please, let’s not limit our community service to this one day. Let your service on this Federal holiday be a springboard for coming to the aid of your neighbors all through the year.

The MLK Day of Service is a time when you can honor Dr. King’s legacy through service.  Remember, this is not a day off, but a day on.


As we work on fulfilling our personal New Year’s resolutions, it was good to hear from Federal workers across the government about what their hopes and expectations are for OPM in 2014.

Let me tell you about some of my priorities for the coming year and share one of your colleague’s stories that epitomizes the dedication and compassion of our Federal workforce.

2014 is going to be an exciting year at OPM. We have a dynamic new strategic plan in the works and our 100-day plan to modernize our IT systems is well underway.

This will also be a year that we champion the Federal workforce. As I travel around the country visiting Federal workers, I will be listening to them and sharing their accomplishments, their vision and their commitment to their communities and their country.

One of you has given me a perfect example.

In answering my call to share New Year’s resolutions, John Lee, an OPM colleague who works at our Boyers, Pa. facility,  suggested that we all get more involved in the community, in helping our fellow citizens in need. John and some of his colleagues did more than just talk about such service; they embodied it over the Christmas holiday. Here’s John’s post:

In his memorandum six months ago on expanding national service, the President called on all Federal agencies to promote national service and volunteerism across the Federal government.

Employees like John and his colleagues embody that call. My thanks to the Boyers team for their service and thanks to John for sharing.

I appreciate all the responses to our call for New Year’s resolutions. Please keep your feedback coming. We want to hear from you on Facebook, Twitter or via email.


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