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It’s that time of year again! Time to “show some love.”

I am happy to announce that online giving through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) site is officially open! Employees may now visit https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/welcome - a brand new, centralized giving portal for all potential CFC contributors across the nation - to create their own profile, research charities, and then choose how they would like to support the causes they care about most by donating money or volunteer time. The site will also give Federal employees better access to manage their pledge information, charity payments, and more.

The CFC is one of the largest and most successful workplace fundraising campaigns in the world, and how rewarding is it that we have the opportunity to participate as Federal employees. Over the past 56 years, the CFC has raised $8.2 billion to help those in need around the corner, across the nation, and throughout the world.

However, as times change, the way things are done also change. For all the generosity of the past 55 years, something was missing.  People were still giving millions of dollars a year through the campaign but fewer people were participating.  At OPM, we asked, “What could we do to get back on a better, stronger trajectory that will set the CFC up for its next 55 years of success?”

Thanks to the CFC 50 Commission and the support of CFC Director Keith Willingham, former Commission members, and people like you, we put together a plan to strengthen the integrity, the operation and effectiveness of the CFC.

This new regulatory framework revitalizes the CFC by doing several things: eliminating many of the redundant systems (and costs) from more than 120 different markets by having one online charity application and employee donation system; reducing costs as we phase out the paper systems in the next five years; increasing the accountability and transparency of CFC and all the charities by reflecting costs up front with fees for charities who elect to participate; maintaining the pool of committed donors by staying close to our employees when they retire; and growing that pool by bringing in new donors as we appeal to them to pledge through the CFC AND to volunteer as your ability warrants.

We think the volunteer aspect is very important. Independent Sector tells us that about 63 million Americans gave 8 billion hours of volunteer service. I am sure that Federal employees are a big component of that volunteering workforce.  Finally, I’d like to stress that with this new online system, security was also foremost in our mind.  Not only will we lower campaign costs and get donations to charities more quickly but we will do so through a platform that safeguards donor information.

The CFC exists so you can donate to causes that are near and dear to your heart. We just made it easier to do so. I invite you to explore the CFC new online donation website, and I thank you in advance for showing some love.



The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) continues to be an invaluable tool for assessing the state of Federal workplaces. The workforce is the backbone of the government and employee opinions shared through the survey provide an essential catalyst to achieving effective government.

This year more than 485,000 employees participated in the FEVS, showing their commitment to improving the Federal government. Employee feedback builds upon and supports agency improvement efforts while providing an important baseline for new initiatives.

I am pleased to report that overall 2017 Government-wide FEVS results show that Federal employees have a positive perspective of their workplaces. Overall Employee Engagement is at 67, the highest level since 2011. The New IQ (the Diversity and Inclusion index) is at 60, the highest level since the index was first reported. Results for general satisfaction increased to 64, which is up 3 percentage points from last year, and is the greatest increase among the FEVS indices.

Across the core FEVS items, nearly 100% remained the same or increased from last year, with the largest increases found in supervisory relationships, management communication among work units, and organizational satisfaction. The highest positively rated items continue to highlight employees’ perceptions from last year, including willingness to exert extra effort to get the job done, looking for ways to do a job better, and a belief that their work is important.

While 2017 FEVS results are very positive, survey responses also show several key aspects of Federal workplaces could be improved. Based on employee perspectives, agencies would be more effective to the extent that leaders are able to address insufficient resources, recruit for the right skills, recognize employee performance, and generate commitment and motivation in the workforce.

The results of the survey tell an important story. While multiple aspects of Federal workplaces support effective government, there are always opportunities for improvement. FEVS results point the way to stronger workplaces. The ongoing actions of Federal leadership and employees are key to ensuring that we build on the positive gains we have made over the last few years, while addressing areas in need of improvement.

In close, I offer my thanks to the men and women of the Federal work force. Your dedication to your mission and commitment to providing high quality services continue to enrich the lives of the American people.



Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers announced the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month theme: “Shaping the Bright Future of America”.  The theme invites us to reflect on Hispanic American’s vitality and meaningful legacy in our Nation’s cultural framework.

This theme embodies the ideal that Hispanics shape the bright future of America through contributions to all aspects of America’s daily life and national endeavors.  Whether it be defending our nation or exploring the universe, conducting scientific research or providing services, in the law or in the arts, in community leadership, finance, sports, or in any other activity, Hispanics enrich the fabric of America to make it brighter, more just, and stronger!

 In support of our Hispanic friends, family, and colleagues, OPM will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month as well. As we recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, I want to take this opportunity to reinforce our commitment to help agencies across government inspire all communities, including Hispanics, to pursue a career in Federal service.

As the President said in his celebration proclamation, “This month, we recognize the countless contributions of Hispanic Americans that help make our Nation a thriving and secure land of opportunity.” We want to inspire students still in school and those contemplating careers in the Federal service. To kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month, OPM, with support from Adelante, our Hispanic Employee Resource Group, hosted a student forum this afternoon.

I want to thank our partners and volunteers who helped develop and implement this program for your hard work and commitment to creating a diverse workforce.

It is part of OPM’s overall mission to create and maintain a world-class workforce to serve the American citizenry, and I believe one of the best ways to do so is to draw on the knowledge of a diverse workforce.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Enjoy your celebration.

 

 



It’s that time of year again. The time when children begin packing their bags for school, parents are making school lunches, vacations are ending, and the unofficial end of summer comes knocking, sometimes sooner than some would like.

Each year, on the first Monday of September, our nation comes together to recognize a Federal holiday dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, also known as Labor Day. This day has established a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the success, strength, and well-being of our country.  This year, Labor Day falls on September 4th.

It’s a day in which we have the chance to glance back on the history of our great nation, and realize that our tenacity, accomplishments, and growth are all traced back to you – the American worker. The idea of taking a day to celebrate labor is traced back to over 100 years ago.

The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882 in New York City. Two years later, in 1884, the first Monday in September was selected as the official date for the holiday, and 10 years later, in 1894, it was made an official Federal holiday. We are so fortunate as citizens of the United States of America to have the ability to collaborate together through our work, and create new theories, ideas, and ways of thinking. Our entire foundation is built on the idea that every citizen can work towards accomplishing their own unique dream or goal, and therefore continue to strengthen the bonds of the American workforce.

On Monday, we celebrate all those who work towards a better life, and a better nation. Those who put in hours and hours of work every week to be the best version of themselves that they can be. If you think about it, we wouldn’t be where we are today without the drive of the average, everyday American-worker.

So, while you’re out enjoying the sunshine with your friends and family, or taking part in various Labor Day traditions, I invite you to take a moment to reflect on the contributions workers have made towards the establishment and continuous well-being of our country. In the end, it’s your work that leads us towards a brighter future.

Happy Labor Day!



Image of four silhouetted women all in different colors. From left to right, pink, blue, orange, green. Text says Women's Equality Day.

Please join me in commemorating Women’s Equality Day this Saturday, August 26, 2017, which marks the 97th anniversary of national women’s suffrage. On this date in 1920, the 19th Amendment of the United Sates Constitution was passed, granting women the right to vote. In 1971, 51 years later, the U.S. Congress established Women’s Equality Day.

It’s important to remember that at one point in our nation’s history, women were not seen as the leaders and pioneers we are seen as today. There was a time when women didn’t have the ability to vote, and were often discouraged from obtaining an academic education and told not to pursue a professional career. Times have changed and today, we have the opportunity to accomplish our hopes, dreams, and live our lives to the fullest potential.

The first major women’s rights conference occurred in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. During that meeting, the social, civil, and religious rights of women were discussed. That conference began a movement, and as a career woman myself, I am grateful for their achievements. Over the years, thousands of women participated in marches throughout America, gave speeches, wrote convincing newspaper editorials, and lobbied their Congressmen, all to achieve voting rights for all women. On this day, I invite all my colleagues to pause a moment to reflect on the determination and unyielding spirit demonstrated by these courageous women.

On Women's Equality Day, we celebrate women’s suffrage. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made, and look forward to seeing the bright future ahead.

Enjoy Women’s Equality Day!


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