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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Contact: Office of Communications
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Director Unveils the Agency's Newly Renovated Health Unit

The fully accessible facility includes body mass index station and a lactation room

WASHINGTON , D.C. - U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director John Berry will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony this Thursday, January 14, 2010, to officially open the doors to the agency's renovated health unit. This is part of Director Berry's ongoing effort to create a model Work-Life "campus" that will showcase what the Federal Government can do to improve the wellness, morale and productivity of Federal employees.

Three federal agencies, OPM, General Services Administration and the Department of the Interior, combined forces in July 2009 to create a Work-Life campus that would include more than 6,000 feds.  The OPM health unit is one of the largest units within a federal agency, providing services such as blood pressure screenings, Influenza and H1N1 vaccinations, body mass index measurement, health education and cholesterol screenings. All services are free of charge to federal employees.

The campus approach will allow the three agencies to share staff and facilities, thereby making the most efficient use of available resources. "By combining our efforts, we can improve employee wellness and morale better than we could with an agency-by-agency approach, while saving taxpayer money," said Berry.

Who:                           U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry

                                    GSA Acting Administrator Stephen Leeds

What:                          Grand Opening of the OPM Health Unit

When:                         Thursday, January 14, 2010

                                    Ceremony 10:00 AM - 10:30AM

                                    Open House 10:30 AM - 11:30AM

Where:                        Health Unit - Room 4428

                                    United States Office of Personnel Management

                                    1900 E Street, NW     

                                    Washington, DC 20415

Media wishing to attend the event should contact Marcus A. Williams at 202-359-2492 or via email at marcus.williams@opm.gov in OPM's Communications and Public Liaison office.

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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.


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