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    USAJOBS, the Federal Government’s career portal, is continuously evolving to be an effective and user-friendly tool. We appreciate feedback from our users that helps us to enhance and improve USAJOBS. As an example, we are pleased to announce a new platform for user log in:, a General Services Administration (GSA) product, offers USAJOBS users the opportunity to benefit from GSA’s focus on authentication, security, privacy and usability.

    So, what is provides the public with secure and private online access to participating government programs. With just a single account, users can sign into programs at a variety of government agencies without needing to create and remember multiple user names and passwords. The ultimate goal of is to make managing Federal benefits, services and applications easier and more secure.

    What does this change mean to your USAJOBS account? Nothing will happen to the information already stored in your USAJOBS account and profile. You will be able to keep all of your applications, saved searches, and saved jobs. Once you set up a account, you will connect the account to your USAJOBS profile. The only difference is that you will now use your email address, password and pin code to sign into USAJOBS. will provide greater security to your profile and uploaded documentation by confirming you, the correct user, have access to each account by requiring two-factor authentication, a standard method used to increase the security of online accounts of all types, from social media to banking.

    Here at OPM’s USAJOBS program, we are excited to offer a product that enhances log-in access to federal jobs while simultaneously increasing account security. Our team will continue to post updates and information to our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ pages throughout the next few weeks to help our job seekers with this transition.

    For more information on using, please refer to our USAJOBS Help Center.

    In February, the nation joins together to celebrate African American History Month. It is a time to reflect on and celebrate the rich culture of African American history in the United States.

    This year’s theme is “African Americans in Times of War.”  Many African American men and women across the nation, and from all walks of life, have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  This year also commemorates the centennial of the end of the First World War in 1918. 

    Over the past one hundred years, African Americans have contributed to the fight for freedom for the United States and those we support.  Despite enduring challenges and struggles, like racial injustice, we have made great strides over the years while serving in times of war to fight for freedom, peace, and respect.

    Many contribute greatly to society but are not as well known, such as the women of the 6888th, also known as the “Six Triple Eight.”  These African American women from the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) of the U.S. Army were designated as the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion.  During World War II, this group of military women tackled the massive task of organizing and distributing a huge backlog of letters and packages in Birmingham, England.  Letters and packages were stacked to the ceiling and were not appropriately addressed for delivery to soldiers in the field. These women worked long hours in poor conditions. The warehouse was unheated and dimly lit, the windows blacked out to prevent light showing during nighttime air raids. Rats had contaminated the packages.  As men were at war, the Six Triple Eight women worked tirelessly around the clock to track soldiers and to deliver their mail to them.

    Like the women of the Six Triple Eight, there are many courageous men and women who have served our country and are family members, neighbors, and coworkers.  They return home and work in our local communities, in public, and private sector jobs.  Recently, I had an opportunity to speak with two of my friends about their service:  Roderick Lawrence, Chief Warrant Officer 4 (Retired) and April Beldo, Fleet Master Chief (Retired).

    Chief Warrant Officer Lawrence served in the U.S. Army including military tours in Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom before retiring after 25 years of dedicated service to his country. He received several medals.  His highest medal was the Bronze Star, which he received for his exceptional performance for 18 months in Iraq overseeing soldiers and civilians during sensitive operations.  Our men and woman often make sacrifices while serving their country.  Lawrence continues his service as a public servant at the Selective Service System. 

    Fleet Master Chief Beldo served in the U.S. Navy for more than 33 years.  Her tours of duties were the Persian Gulf War, War in Afghanistan, and the War in Iraq.  She received numerous awards including Meritorious Service Medals, Commendation Medals, and Achievement Medals.  Beldo was one of the first woman sailors aboard an aircraft carrier.  At one point in time, she was the only African American female in her Command.  After Beldo’s exceptional military career, she continues to be an example for future leaders as a Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Instructor.

    Here, at the Office of Personnel Management, our Veterans Employee Resource Group continues to highlight African American coworkers who serve and have served in the military.   

    I am inspired by all those who put on the uniform and serve our country.  Both, the historical events and those who have touched me personally continue to inspire me even after 35 years of my joining the Armed Forces.

    I encourage you to take some time to learn more about the heroic African American men and women who have dedicated their lives to serve. In addition, the National Museum of African American History and Culture holds events to commemorate the life, traditions, history, and culture of African Americans.

    Today, we released OPM’s Strategic Plan for 2018 – 2022. This blueprint for success is borne out of many long hours of brainstorming, input from within and outside of our agency, and many refined versions. Our Strategic Plan sets out agency-wide strategic goals and objectives. We feel that this is our best roadmap for the next five years.

    In the weeks ahead, we hope you will find the Strategic Plan informative.

    A large part of the strategic planning process focused on refreshing OPM’s core mission and vision statements. Our own employee’s voices were captured in the final versions of these bold new statements. They were also highly involved in developing the vision statement. 

    Our mission statement encapsulates the purpose of OPM. In my career at OPM, which has been long, varied, and very rewarding, I have always had a deep belief in the great work we do to enable our government to succeed. That’s why I’m so excited about our new mission statement: “We lead and serve the Federal Government in enterprise human resources management by delivering policies and services to achieve a trusted effective civilian workforce.”

    Our new vision statement lays out a marker as to where we are going in the future. We crafted a short yet powerful vision statement that succinctly captures the way ahead for OPM. I think it’s perfect.  “Empowering Excellence in Government through Great People.”

    Four new strategic goals serve as the guideposts for the way ahead. The four areas of focus include: transforming hiring, pay, and benefits; establishing and modernizing human capital IT and leveraging data analytics and research; integrating and communicating our human capital management services; and making operational improvements to optimize agency performance.

    Lastly, in addition to new core agency statements and goals, we also established new values. These values include innovation, integrity, excellence, service, and leadership. Each value is intended to support our mission, engage our workforce, and position OPM as the leader of human capital management in the federal government.

    Many individuals in our workforce contributed their time, energy, and talents over the course of the past year to make this strategic plan a reality. The final product is a testament to their commitment to this agency!

    For the plan to be successful, we need to execute it fully, and I am very encouraged by the enthusiasm shown by all of our goal and objective owners in developing the strategies and initiatives that will take us to the future we wish to create. I invite you to take some time this week to engage with our new Strategic Plan.

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