Find out more about Federal compensation throughout your career and around the world.
Staffing to align with your agency's mission
Review the new 2014 Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Handbook
Answering your questions about Healthcare and Insurance
Congress approved a cost of living increase for Federal retirees.
Manage your retirement online.
Human Resources and Security Specialists should use this tool to determine the correct investigation level for any covered position within the U.S. Federal Government.
Visit this federal site to search for our regulatory notices, proposed and final rules.
See the latest tweets on our Twitter feed, like our Facebook pages, watch our YouTube videos, and page through our Flickr photos.
The content available is no longer being updated and as a result you may encounter hyperlinks which no longer function. You should also bear in mind that this content may contain text and references which are no longer applicable as a result of changes in law, regulation and/or administration.
Washington, D.C. - Kay Coles James, Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced the call for applications for the 2004 President's Quality Awards (PQA) Program. In a recent memo James outlined two important changes to the awards program designed to strengthen the alignment between the PQA and the President's Management Agenda (PMA).
"Over the last two years, since OPM redesigned the PQA program to recognize the people and internal agency programs that stand out in implementing common sense management objectives of the PMA, we have seen a healthy and growing competition among agencies," stated James in the announcement memo. "The awards recognize agencies and employees for their achievements in creating integrated systems and practices which better support the achievement of their respective agency missions."
The first of the award changes for 2004 is providing for three separate award categories. These categories are designed:
1. To recognize specific innovative and exemplary practices.
2. To recognize overall agency achievement in each of the five governmentwide initiatives outlined in the PMA.
3. To recognize overall agency management and how effectively the different management systems are integrated.
The second new change is making the scores given under the PMA scorecards a baseline condition for submitting an application in each category.
1. For submissions in the innovative and exemplary practices category the condition is status yellow for the governmentwide initiative under which the submission is made.
2. For submissions under the five governmentwide initiatives the condition is a status green score for the initiative under which the submission is made.
3. For submissions in the overall management category the condition is status green scores in two of the five governmentwide PMA initiatives and no reds.
Those agencies that are not scored under the PMA scorecards can only submit applications under the innovative and exemplary practices category. The baseline for these submissions is that they directly and materially advance the common sense management objectives of the PMA.
The PQA's recognize outstanding programs and Federal civil servants who are doing extraordinary things to make our Government results-oriented, citizen-centered and market-based.
Submissions for all categories are due to OPM no later than October 1, 2004. The specific award criteria and application instructions are available electronically at www.opm.gov/pqa. This year's award ceremony will be held the evening of December 14, 2004.
Our mission is to Recruit, Retain and Honor a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American People. OPM supports U.S. agencies with personnel services and policy leadership including staffing tools, guidance on labor-management relations and programs to improve work force performance.