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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!


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.

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