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A blue transparent background on top of the American flag imagery. At the top it says #AmericanHeroesWeek and underneath U.S. Office of Personnel Management Celebrates American Heroes

This week was American Heroes week, giving us time to reflect on the true heroes of our nation. We are a country that is truly blessed to have these individuals step forward as part of their daily routines to keep us safe and preserve our way of life. These heroes come in many forms, ranging from law enforcement officers and members of the military, to public safety officers. Behind the uniform, is a person whose valor and courage stand immeasurable, and will never diminish in value, no matter how much time passes.

America was founded based on the values of heroes. The beginning of this country was carried on the backs of those who had everything to lose, and risked it all, to not only secure their freedom, but also the freedom of future generations. Characteristics of heroism have continued to reveal themselves throughout our history, carrying on into the present.

As I look out my office window, I see a scene of Washington, D.C. and my heart fills with pride. I am proud that here at OPM, it is of great importance to protect those who protect us. I am inspired daily by the men and women of this agency who have served in our nation’s military, who protect the walls of the very building we work in, and those who work day in and day out to make sure our heroes will have a place to create a life after they’ve risked it all to protect our freedoms.  As President Donald J. Trump said earlier this week, “[W]e are celebrating American heroes.  And nothing fills our hearts with more pride than to be with those who risked everything to protect our citizens and preserve our way of life.”

At OPM, we are committed to helping transitioning military service members continue their service through Federal careers.  As part of the Federal Veterans Employment Initiative, OPM, in its role as Vice Chair of the Interagency Council on Veterans Employment, created the one-stop Federal employment information resource for veterans, Feds Hire Vets.   On this site, transitioning service members, veterans, and their family members have access to key information to ease the transition to Federal employment.  The Federal Veterans Employment Initiative is a strategic initiative, but has a very straightforward approach to helping the men and women who have served our country in the military find employment in the Federal Government. It also underscores the importance of aligning the talents of these individuals with key civil service positions so the Government is better positioned to meet mission objectives and citizens are better served.   Today veterans make up approximately 31 percent of the Federal family.

Helping those who have done so much for the United States of America is the best way to show you care. OPM cares, I care, and the Federal government cares.

Thank you to our American Heroes, we wouldn’t be where we are today without you. 


"America’s Front Yard” Celebrates 241 Years of Independence

As the seat of the United States government and with the Capitol, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial as backdrop for a spectacular fireworks display, there are few places in America more appropriate or inspiring to spend Independence Day than Washington, D.C.

For more than half a century, the National Park Service has been at the heart of the Fourth of July festivities on the National Mall – coordinating the fireworks and concert on the Mall, and co-sponsoring the National Memorial Day Parade and A Capitol Fourth, the all-star salute to American independence broadcast live from the West Lawn of the Capitol. Every year hundreds of thousands of people come together on the Mall to celebrate of the founding of our nation.

Planning begins long before the parade steps off or the first firework is shot into the air, months in advance. The park establishes an incident management team to organize and administer the event. Working with a wide variety of federal and local partners, the team develops the strategy and organization to successfully manage all aspects of the event, including planning, operations, logistics, safety, public information, finance and more.Picture of park staff setting up lines and lines of fireworks.

As the big day approaches, set-up begins about ten days in advance. The United States Park Police works in conjunction with multiple agencies to develop a security plan for the event to ensure the safety of those who attend. More than 30,000 linear feet of chain link fencing and bike rack, the equivalent of 60 Washington Monuments stacked end to end, are placed around the Mall to establish a secure area for the festivities.

Some 350 portable toilets are placed along the more than two miles between the Capitol and Lincoln Memorial. Rangers work with the fireworks contractor to safely get the 6,500 shells into place. Others plan the pre-fireworks concert at the Sylvan Theater on the grounds of the Washington Monument, working with performers and ensuring that the correct lighting and sound systems are available and in place.

On July 4, more than 200 National Park Service employees and more than 100 volunteers work on the National Mall and the adjacent George Washington Memorial Parkway. Access points are staffed and visitors brought through security. Staff and volunteer crews collect trash and recycling throughout the day. Medical aid stations are set up and manned. Rangers give talks at the memorials throughout the day.

After the fireworks are set off, another whole round of work begins. Cleanup crews begin their work even as the last of the shells are flickering out, working through the night and into the next day with rakes, blowers and other equipment to remove the mountains of trash left behind. Park staff and volunteers quickly remove fireworks debris from the Reflecting Pool and the fallout area after the event in order to reopen closed areas for visitors as quickly as possible.

Additional information and the full schedule of events for the 2017 celebration is online at www.nps.gov/foju. Have a happy Independence Day and enjoy the day!

Four red fireworks over the reflecting pool on the mall.

Image has all four logos for the work-life programs against a white background. In the left top hand corner is the light green telework logo with two upward arrows and the word telework inside the bottom arrow. On the right top hand corner is the red health and wellness logo with the words health and wellness in a white heart. In the left hand bottom corner is the purple family and dependent care logo with three white icons of people joined together as if in a hug and the text family and dependent care across the icons in purple. In the right hand bottom corner is the yellow employee assistance program logo, containing a white hand icon and the text employee assistance program in yellow. A blue line is below all the logos with the words #WorkLife4Feds in white text aligned right. Besides this bar is the blue work-life logo with contains to white chain links and the text work-life beside it to the right. Underneath to the left is the text OPM.gov

In today's world, employees often seek work-life solutions.  I’m happy to report that the Federal Government is a leader in promoting work-life balance for its workforce.  Work-life solutions are powerful management tools which help the Federal Government recruit and engage qualified talent, and give employees the resources to help them pursue healthy, fulfilling lives.  In fact, analysis of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) data has identified work-life support as a key driver of engagement in the Federal workforce.

The Federal Government offers a variety of work-life programs and flexibilities to assist agencies in promoting work-life balance for their employees.  To assist agencies, OPM recently produced a series of new work-life brochures on family and dependent care, worksite health and wellness, telework, and employee assistance programs.  These work-life brochures increase awareness of options available in the Federal Government and illustrate their potential value for individuals, families, and organizations.

Managers and employees in our Federal community are invited to take the Introduction to Leave, Work-Life, and Workplace Flexibilities Course, explore OPM's Work-Life website and Telework.gov, and reach out to your local HR office for more information about services potentially available to you.

In the upcoming months, OPM will release the Government-wide results of the first Federal Work-Life Survey, which was administered in early 2017.  This new data will inform our analysis of the work-life needs and priorities of Federal employees.  These survey results will be used to help evaluate the relationship between work-life programs and organizational benefits.  Finally, senior leaders and managers will be able to consider these results as they make decisions regarding these programs. 

OPM will continue working with agency leaders across the government to ensure they have the necessary tools for an engaged, productive workforce.  Ultimately, our goal is to create work environments where each employee contributes to the success of the agency while reaching his or her full potential.  I believe that work-life solutions can be valuable tools in this endeavor.


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On June 7, OPM, in conjunction with American University School of Public Affairs, hosted the 2nd Annual OPM Research Summit. The theme of the summit “Transforming Human Capital Management Policy through Research, Innovation, and Analytics” set the tone for an energy-filled, jam-packed day full of innovative ideas, conversations, and collegial debate with one main goal in mind - to identify potential ways to improve Human Capital Management Policy.

The Summit brought together more than 300 Federal practitioners, academic researchers, non-profits, and industry leaders, representing 56 Federal agencies, 13 universities, 49 companies and the general public. The Summit continued to build and strengthen relationships across these sectors.   

This year’s summit featured two keynote speakers, Steve Goodrich and Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt, individual presentations, panel sessions, roundtable discussions, and a symposium, all in which focused on four specific human capital management policy areas: (1) Analytics and Technology, (2) Diversity and Inclusion, (3) Performance Management, and (4) Workforce Reshaping. 

The Federal Government is challenged to do “more with less” but manage to do it better, and to do it faster, and to be more efficient. One way we can accomplish such an enormous challenge is to bring more ideas, experiences, evidence, data, and research to the table. The Summit attempted to do this by encouraging, fostering, identifying, and gathering insights and perspectives among stakeholders from multiple communities. When we draw on the knowledge of a diverse workforce, we are better able to distinguish the best possible way to serve our customers, the American citizenry. 

The Research Summit is just another exceptional example of what can be accomplished when the Federal Government, academia, and private industries engage one another in order to develop new ideas and implementations through research.

I look forward to next year’s Research Summit and building new partnerships.

Thank you to all who were in attendance, and for a job well done. 


Background of the image is a pride flag on the left side side and the American flag from the right side overlapping.  In white all caps text in the middle say 2017 LGBT PRIDE MONTH.

The month of June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month).   As noted by the Library of Congress, LGBT Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June.  LGBT Pride Month is just one way that we can honor the struggles and achievements of the LGBT community, including the LGBT members of our Federal workforce.  Please join me and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in celebrating LGBT Pride Month. 

I firmly believe that when we draw on the wisdom of a workforce recruited from all segments of society, we are better able to understand and meet the needs of our customers – the American people. 

The Federal Government leads by example by providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  It is important to note that a fundamental value of civil service has been to draw from all segments of society, where selection and career advancement of Federal employees are “determined solely on the basis of relative ability, knowledge and skills.”  This is an ideal time to emphasize that all Federal employees – including LGBT individuals – should be able to perform their jobs free from any unlawful discrimination.  Additional information on this important topic can be found in a helpful resource guide titled “Addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Federal Civilian Employment:  A Guide to Employment Rights, Protections, and Responsibilities.”  

June 12th is the one year anniversary of the horrific massacre at a nightclub in Orlando.  As a nation, we showed our respect and solidarity to the LGBT community.  On this one year anniversary, I invite you to pause and reflect on this tragedy again.  It is also an opportunity to show the American people that Federal agencies will continue promoting equal opportunity and stand against any unlawful discrimination.

I want to remind you that various resources are available to promote a diverse and inclusive workforce.  I invite you to take advantage and learn more from these helpful resources.   In addition, to learn more about the benefits that are extended to same-sex partners of Federal employees and their children where the law permits, please visit our frequently asked questions for LGBT Federal employees and annuitants.

Enjoy your celebration and Happy Pride Month.

            

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