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Today we released our first annual Plain Writing Act Compliance Report. We invite you to give it a read.

As you will see in the report, we've primarily focused our efforts on informing and training our own OPM employees. We're also de-cluttering our website and beginning to ensure our documents are written in plain language for everyone. However, we'd like your help. Keep an eye out for a challenge we will issue for you to identify OPM documents we should make easier to understand using plain language.

Until then, we'd love to hear your comments on the report and how you think we’re doing with the plain writing initiative. Please leave us your comments in – you guessed it – the "Comments" section.


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Cemeish Poplar
5/13/2012 at 8:43 PM
I am a TSA TSO. I am not sure where to write. What I need is to find out where I can find my TSA Training Certifications. Things that were in my Learning History in November are no longer there. The Airport I work at were under investigation. Suddenly, my certifications are gone from the History. When requesting my physical file from the Airport I transferred from there is much missing. I have worked for TSA since 2002. The only history in my file are for 2006 & 2007, where is the rest? Can you please tell me where to find my master file? I need help in finding this information. If you cannot help me please refer me to the right place. Thank You Sincerely, Cemeish E. Poplar glorytohisname1@yahoo.com 734-686-4555 562-599-4542 143 E 16th Street Long Beach, CA 90813
Cemeish Poplar
5/13/2012 at 8:45 PM
I am a TSA TSO. I am not sure where to write. What I need is to find out where I can find my TSA Training Certifications. Things that were in my Learning History in November are no longer there. The Airport I work at were under investigation. Suddenly, my certifications are gone from the History. When requesting my physical file from the Airport I transferred from there is much missing. I have worked for TSA since 2002. The only history in my file are for 2006 & 2007, where is the rest? Can you please tell me where to find my master file? I need help in finding this information. If you cannot help me please refer me to the right place. Thank You Sincerely, Cemeish E. Poplar glorytohisname1@yahoo.com 734-686-4555 562-599-4542 143 E 16th Street Long Beach, CA 90813
elaine a ford
5/15/2012 at 7:47 AM
I was a USPS employee and removed as an injured emmployee,because of "no work available"...2yrs later I was compensated $40,000...and appx. $13,000 was withheld in taxes...I need the 1099 or other tax form to file w/ IRS...Thanks for any help...ETPMULLIS@GMAIL.COM 617 9663136
elaine a ford
5/15/2012 at 7:48 AM
I was a USPS employee and removed as an injured emmployee,because of "no work available"...2yrs later I was compensated $40,000...and appx. $13,000 was withheld in taxes...I need the 1099 or other tax form to file w/ IRS...Thanks for any help...ETPMULLIS@GMAIL.COM 617 9663136
Sam Kinsey
5/16/2012 at 4:36 PM
My SCD and rate of pay are incorrect. A request was made to my agency to research my personnel file to adjudicate my benefits and now two years, countless emails and telephone calls and all I get from my agency are excuses as to why they still have not secured my claim. If can't appeal to OPM without notice from my agency and they can't properly research my claim without my file, what is my recourse?
Sam Kinsey
5/16/2012 at 4:37 PM
My SCD and rate of pay are incorrect. A request was made to my agency to research my personnel file to adjudicate my benefits and now two years, countless emails and telephone calls and all I get from my agency are excuses as to why they still have not secured my claim. If can't appeal to OPM without notice from my agency and they can't properly research my claim without my file, what is my recourse?
Debra Teschner
5/17/2012 at 8:37 AM
I would like to know if anyone is going to be assigned to my case, so I might be able to get some money....I was a USPS employee that was OWCP they stopped that now I have no money coming in and no signes of money ,even though I was awarded my disability postal retirement.Do these people go months with out money?
Al
5/22/2012 at 9:52 PM
Why is it taking so long for my dad to get his full retirement? The little bit he currently receives on a monthly basis hardly covers his living expenses let alone his bills. This is causing great financial strain on my family and this will not be able to continue for long. He has failed in all attempts to contact OPM and feels as though it is a lost cause to even try.
Al
5/22/2012 at 9:53 PM
Why is it taking so long for my dad to get his full retirement? The little bit he currently receives on a monthly basis hardly covers his living expenses let alone his bills. This is causing great financial strain on my family and this will not be able to continue for long. He has failed in all attempts to contact OPM and feels as though it is a lost cause to even try.
TSgt Gary
5/30/2012 at 12:42 PM
To whom this may concern, see request/change to SF-86 below: I also emailed the feedback@opm.gov and have not recieved any comments on the below request/change. Please see request below, with the new e-QIP 3.02 the below feature added would greatly enhance the DOD community/processing of signature pages. Request/Change on signature pages for the SF-86: Can the date automatically appear before printing the applicants SF-86 for signatures? Also, another option would be to make this block capable to type in the date before the applicant signs the signature pages. Issue: Recently we had several SF-86's needing to be re-accomplished due to a date not being legible on the signature pages. If the request is changed it would save several days and MAN HOURS from the OPM/ISPM/USM offices trying to get these documents re-signed by the applicant due to a date. Thank you.
TSgt Gary
5/30/2012 at 12:43 PM
To whom this may concern, see request/change to SF-86 below: I also emailed the feedback@opm.gov and have not recieved any comments on the below request change. Please see request below, with the new e-QIP 3.02 the below feature added would greatly enhance the DOD community processing of signature pages. Request Change on signature pages for the SF-86: Can the date automatically appear before printing the applicants SF-86 for signatures? Also, another option would be to make this block capable to type in the date before the applicant signs the signature pages. Issue: Recently we had several SF-86's needing to be re-accomplished due to a date not being legible on the signature pages. If the request is changed it would save several days and MAN HOURS from the OPM/ISPM/USM offices trying to get these documents re-signed by the applicant due to a date. Thank you.
schnorr
6/5/2012 at 1:23 PM
Could someone who is familiar with the Federal retirement system please help us. We lost a family member recently who worked for the post office for 30 years. When we call the OPM to request his "lump sum retirement contributions" they say it's all gone....could this be possible?
schnorr
6/5/2012 at 1:24 PM
Could someone who is familiar with the Federal retirement system please help us. We lost a family member recently who worked for the post office for 30 years. When we call the OPM to request his "lump sum retirement contributions" they say it's all gone....could this be possible?
gary zahlen
6/11/2012 at 11:19 PM
I need some guidance on where to look for existing opm regulations, policies and procedures regarding performance on the job and inability to do that job due to non work medical issues. Just a reference as a place to start so that I may do some research or get to a live person to speak with regardign inequities on the job. Thanks
Cherie Branham
7/6/2012 at 11:41 AM
I need to apply for a "hardship transfer" however the OPM web site indicates a cover letter and resume to include the position I would like to apply to in the "state" I need to move to, to be inc, then take to supervisor who will fwd on to RO director(s). The HR however indicated they ONLY do INTERAGENCY hardship transfers. The problem is there is NO VA Regional office in the area I need to move to, however plenty of DOD federal agency employment I would qualify for. There is NO information available to me on HOW to apply for the much needed non interagency hardship transfer non DOD to DOD (PS) I have prev 5+ yrs in DOD service comitment. Please advise Thanks
Cherie Branham
7/6/2012 at 11:41 AM
I need to apply for a "hardship transfer" however the OPM web site indicates a cover letter and resume to include the position I would like to apply to in the "state" I need to move to, to be inc, then take to supervisor who will fwd on to RO director(s). The HR however indicated they ONLY do INTERAGENCY hardship transfers. The problem is there is NO VA Regional office in the area I need to move to, however plenty of DOD federal agency employment I would qualify for. There is NO information available to me on HOW to apply for the much needed non interagency hardship transfer non DOD to DOD (PS) I have prev 5+ yrs in DOD service comitment. Please advise Thanks
Manolito Toledo
7/11/2012 at 2:42 PM
I retired with disability from USPS last May 5, 2011, until now I'm still receiving interim payments. I emailed OPM regarding this matter several times and all I got is "It has been forwarded to Washington DC." That was done long time ago. You said your quality of services has been improved. (888)767-6738 is useless. I need help.
Manolito Toledo
7/11/2012 at 2:43 PM
I retired with disability from USPS last May 5, 2011, until now I'm still receiving interim payments. I emailed OPM regarding this matter several times and all I got is "It has been forwarded to Washington DC." That was done long time ago. You said your quality of services has been improved. (888)767-6738 is useless. I need help.
Craig Schroeder
7/15/2012 at 9:51 AM
For some of the longer processes wouldn't it be easier to utilze flowcharts with decision models that users can use to follow their need to completion? The flowchart can provide links to help someone get to the correct site and perform the business that they need done.
MILDRED ROSA
7/18/2012 at 12:26 PM
MY FILE HAS BEEN IN BRANCH 7 FOR SEVERAL MONTHS THEY ARE ALWAYS TELLING ME THEY ARE AWAITING A DOCUMENT FROM THE SAME OFFICE SINCE MAY2012
I AM SICK AND RIGHT NOW GOING THREW FINANCIAL STRESS I AM RECEIVING AN ANNUITY BUT ITS NOT ENOUGH, THE OFFICE OF OPM HAS CREATED SEVERAL ESCALATIONS ON MY PART BUT HAVE NOT RECEIVED TOO MANY RESPONSES, TODAY 7/2012 OPM INFORMED ME THAT THEY NO LONGER DO MUCH FOR ME BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS IN THE HANDS OF BRANCH 7 I HAVE LEFT THEM SEVERAL MESSAGE TO DIFFERENT NUMBER BUT HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY RESPONSES FROM BRANCH 7.
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7/18/2012 at 12:27 PM
MY FILE HAS BEEN IN BRANCH 7 FOR SEVERAL MONTHS THEY ARE ALWAYS TELLING ME THEY ARE AWAITING A DOCUMENT FROM THE SAME OFFICE SINCE MAY2012
I AM SICK AND RIGHT NOW GOING THREW FINANCIAL STRESS I AM RECEIVING AN ANNUITY BUT ITS NOT ENOUGH, THE OFFICE OF OPM HAS CREATED SEVERAL ESCALATIONS ON MY PART BUT HAVE NOT RECEIVED TOO MANY RESPONSES, TODAY 7/2012 OPM INFORMED ME THAT THEY NO LONGER DO MUCH FOR ME BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS IN THE HANDS OF BRANCH 7 I HAVE LEFT THEM SEVERAL MESSAGE TO DIFFERENT NUMBER BUT HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY RESPONSES FROM BRANCH 7.
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belllkay
10/15/2012 at 4:21 PM
How do you transfer from USPS to the Federal Gov. I have applied for 200 Jobs in the last year ...I worked for OPM before transferring to the USPS... I in need of a hardship transfer..I think the HR Shares Offices do not address the complaints of Federal Employees...I thought transferring from USPS back to the Federal Government should not be a problem , but obviously it is horrific ordeal trying to apply for a job and you know that you are qualified for it ..but you keep getting feedback saying you are eligible but not qualified. NEED HELP ASAP!!
Dan
11/16/2012 at 10:05 PM
When will OPM publish Locality Pay rates and COLAs for 2013? It should not be too hard if it is supposed to be frozen.
Kelly
11/19/2012 at 8:58 PM
Would you please give me the address, email or fax number for "Branch 7" of the FERS Disability Program? I need to get information to them concerning my health insurance and I have not been able to get a return call. Thanks!
Kelly
11/19/2012 at 8:59 PM
Would you please give me the address, email or fax number for "Branch 7" of the FERS Disability Program? I need to get information to them concerning my health insurance and I have not been able to get a return call. Thanks!
Antoinette Knowles
12/3/2012 at 5:40 PM
Okay, let us see if this will help. I worked for the CPO for years at different sites. As a military dependent, when deployed, jobs changed. I started around 1962 and ended around 1992. I inquired about the CPO pension I paid in for years to the CPO pension, then, I was told, that I switched to SS. Frankly, I don't remember. But...when I asked about the dues paid in for years, I received a vague answer that they were turned over to SS. However, this was not reflect in my SS benefits, so off and on, I kept trying to obtain a better answer. So if you will supple a safe e-mail address, I will try again. I have copies of my employment but when on another occasion, I was told they couldn't find my records.
Antoinette Knowles
12/3/2012 at 5:44 PM
Okay, let us see if this will help. I worked for the CPO for years at different sites. As a military dependent, when deployed, jobs changed. I started around 1962 and ended around 1992. I inquired about the CPO pension I paid in for years to the CPO pension, then, I was told, that I switched to SS. Frankly, I don't remember. But...when I asked about the dues paid in for years, I received a vague answer that they were turned over to SS. However, this was not reflect in my SS benefits, so off and on, I kept trying to obtain a better answer. So if you will supple a safe e-mail address, I will try again. I have copies of my employment but when on another occasion, I was told they couldn't find my records.
Antoinette Knowles
12/3/2012 at 5:44 PM
Okay, let us see if this will help. I worked for the CPO for years at different sites. As a military dependent, when deployed, jobs changed. I started around 1962 and ended around 1992. I inquired about the CPO pension I paid in for years to the CPO pension, then, I was told, that I switched to SS. Frankly, I don't remember. But...when I asked about the dues paid in for years, I received a vague answer that they were turned over to SS. However, this was not reflect in my SS benefits, so off and on, I kept trying to obtain a better answer. So if you will supple a safe e-mail address, I will try again. I have copies of my employment but when on another occasion, I was told they couldn't find my records.
Antoinette Knowles
12/3/2012 at 5:53 PM
As a military dependent , I worked for CPO's from about 1962' to
1988. On deployment, jobs were changed.. etc. However, I was led to believe that in the beginning,i paid into a CPO pension fund. At some time it was changed to SS but...what happened to the funds paid into the CPO fund? I was told that these funds were submitted to SS but.. doesn't seem right. I have been trying for years, off and on,to receive a more detail answer. The last? My records couldn't be found.I do have some records at home from CPO, of copies of some of my jobs. What to give me a secure mail address? Or I will send my cell number. I did try speaking to a representative but became frustrated.
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Stacey
1/2/2013 at 12:44 PM
I am wondering if there is any written rules about how long you must serve in a career position to be given a mandatory promotion. I have been at the same grade for over 10 years in the same position and I cannot get any type of promotion other than the mandatory step increase. I have been told that experience does not equal education but I found that to be a lie in the OPM handbook. I have also been told I cannot have a promotion without a proper education and a diploma, there are no standard education programs for my position. Entry level jobs in Atlanta start at the pay I have been receiving and increase, according to administration we do not pay the say as the Atlanta facility, isn’t that illegal!! Any time I have tried to get a promotion I am shot down by someone in power that uses her position to bully employees. I am getting very frustrated to be at the same pay as a work study student when I have been with the government of over 15 years!
Thank you,
stacey
1/2/2013 at 12:46 PM
I am wondering if there is any written rules about how long you must serve in a career position to be given a mandatory promotion. I have been at the same grade for over 10 years in the same position and I cannot get any type of promotion other than the mandatory step increase. I have been told that experience does not equal education but I found that to be a lie in the OPM handbook. I have also been told I cannot have a promotion without a proper education and a diploma, there are no standard education programs for my position. Entry level jobs in Atlanta start at the pay I have been receiving and increase, according to administration we do not pay the say as the Atlanta facility, isn’t that illegal!! Any time I have tried to get a promotion I am shot down by someone in power that uses her position to bully employees. I am getting very frustrated to be at the same pay as a work study student when I have been with the government of over 15 years!
Thank you,
stacey
1/2/2013 at 12:47 PM
I am wondering if there is any written rules about how long you must serve in a career position to be given a mandatory promotion. I have been at the same grade for over 10 years in the same position and I cannot get any type of promotion other than the mandatory step increase. I have been told that experience does not equal education but I found that to be a lie in the OPM handbook. I have also been told I cannot have a promotion without a proper education and a diploma, there are no standard education programs for my position. Entry level jobs in Atlanta start at the pay I have been receiving and increase, according to administration we do not pay the say as the Atlanta facility, isn’t that illegal!! Any time I have tried to get a promotion I am shot down by someone in power that uses her position to bully employees. I am getting very frustrated to be at the same pay as a work study student when I have been with the government of over 15 years!
Thank you,
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Grace
3/14/2013 at 7:48 AM
I think the plain writing act is an important achievement by the government. Writing clearly and precisely is what we also believe in. This is what we teach students. The idea is to be able to convey your thoughts without ambiguity.

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