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One of the many ways that the Office of Personnel Management helps agencies find the top talent they need to serve the American people is through the Presidential Management Fellows, our flagship leadership development program. Last week, we held our annual job fair that gives PMF finalists a chance to connect face-to-face with agency officials.

The PMF Class of 2015 is 600 strong – with 91 of the finalists taking part in our new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) track. More than 65 agencies sent representatives to the event, held at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Kicking off the fair on Thursday, I congratulated these impressive finalists for taking the first step in their journey to becoming leaders in the Federal Government.

Not only were our finalists able to meet with agency representatives, they attended informational sessions that gave them a good grounding in the agencies’ missions and goals for the future. The finalists networked and developed contacts at the agencies.

OPM’s talented PMF staff will support these finalists as they continue their search for a fellowship. It’s very rewarding for us at OPM to help agencies recruit talented individuals who share a purpose-driven mission to serve this great country over the course of their professional careers.

The President today issued an executive order designed to further help the Federal Government attract the brightest minds in technology or innovation to work on some of the nation’s most pressing challenges. The order makes permanent the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program, which brings executives, entrepreneurs, technologists, and other innovators into government, and teams them up with Federal employees to improve programs that serve more than 150 million Americans. I’m proud to say that OPM had a role in developing this novel program, and I’m happy to see it thrive with our colleagues at the General Services Administration at the helm.

Photo of a conference with multiple agencies tables, and participants checking out different tables.  

Feds Feed Families in Full Swing

Federal employees not only serve Americans every day on the job, they display their generosity throughout the year, especially through programs like Feds Feed Families. The 2015 campaign is underway this month, with the theme “Feds Fighting Hunger.” In 2014, Federal employees across government donated nearly 15 million pounds of food, paper goods, and toiletries to help food banks and pantries stay stocked during the summer months, when they traditionally see a decrease in donations.

Each year, employees are asked to bring items they want to donate to their workplaces or to take them directly to a local food bank. I’m confident that the continued generosity of our Federal workforce will ensure that we top last year’s total.

Cybersecurity Update

Working with our partners at the General Services Administration, the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Defense, and other agencies, the government on Aug. 4, 2015 issued a request for quotations (RFQ) for a contractor to handle credit monitoring and identity theft services for people affected by the intrusion of our network. We’ve added information about the RFQ to our online cybersecurity resource center

We are continually updating our website as we get requests for more information and as we make progress on the cybersecurity front. I encourage the Federal community to keep checking the site and to continue giving us feedback. We are listening, and are working hard to provide the latest resources, information, and support for the Federal workforce.


As we head toward Labor Day and the end of summer, I hope all Federal employees will take a few minutes to bring in one last donation for Feds Feed Families, our annual food drive. August 31 is the final day of this important campaign.

I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our family here at the Office of Personnel Management. But I’m not surprised. Each and every day I see all the hard work OPM employees do to serve the American people. And their willingness to help those among us with the least continues to inspire me.

At OPM we have walked, bowled, held bake sales and set up donation boxes at our headquarters in Washington, D.C., at our offices at Boyers, Pennsylvania, and at field locations throughout the country.

Every morning, I walk by what I like to call our wall of inspiration. On it are pasted copies of big red boxing gloves with the names of OPM employees who have donated 10 or more food items to help the hungry in our community. It makes me happy to see how Team OPM has opened its heart to those in need.

During June and July, OPM employees donated more than 15,000 pounds of food. That’s twice as much as had been given by this time last year, and August is usually our biggest month for contributions. So I think we can beat the 38,778 pounds OPM donated last year.

Employees across government are definitely doing their part. Last year, Federal employees nationwide donated nearly 9 million pounds of food. In June and July, our Federal workforce gave nearly 5 million.

We are all well on our way to besting last year’s totals.

But now is not the time to slack off. Donations to food banks and food pantries historically drop off significantly during the summer. And one in six Americans do not have access to enough food.

So before you go off to your well-deserved Labor Day holiday, please consider bringing in one last donation of food. Spread the word: Let’s do all we can to Knock Out Hunger!

Wall of signs with boxing gloves on them and names of employees who have donated to the FFF campaign


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