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Every November 11, we recognize our Nation’s veterans for the sacrifices they have made for this great country. These men and women are among the best this world has to offer. They set aside everything to serve. Many have seen long deployments away from their families, some have seen combat, but all have given something.

We observe Veterans Day because we as a nation have a responsibility to recognize those who have served to preserve our freedoms. Last year, the President described it as “a time to pay due respect to our veterans, who have passed the torch of liberty from one generation to the next.” Here at OPM, we don’t take this responsibility lightly. Veterans Day is about honoring people who made a commitment to this country. To the veterans out there, we want you to know that OPM is committed to honoring you.

Veteran talent is critical to enacting the President’s Management Agenda which will address 21st Century challenges throughout the Federal workforce. Veterans know what it means to serve a purpose bigger than themselves and that is what working in the Federal Government is all about. They work hard and have invaluable experience not found anywhere else. Without them, our civil service is not the same.

We know from experience working alongside them and their families, that veterans represent the greatness of America. OPM’s Veterans Services Office, works with veterans, transitioning service members, Federal agencies, Veterans Services Organizations, and other stakeholders to support veteran hiring in the Federal Government. Even after their call to service in the military has ended, many continue to serve the American people as members of the Federal Civil Service.

OPM thanks all those wonderful Americans who have served or currently are serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. You make this country and its government possible. Thank you for your service. And I send a special thank you to all of the Federal employees who after answering the call in the Armed Services, decided to continue to serve America as dedicated and faithful servants in the Federal workforce.

I'll close with a quote that best summarizes the reason for our celebration of Veterans Day:

“Our first thought…is to acknowledge the obligation which the Nation owes to those who served in our forces afloat and ashore, which contributed the indispensable factor to the final victory. Although all our people became engaged in this conflict, some in furnishing money, some in producing food and clothing, some in making munitions, some in administering our Government, the place of honor will always be accorded to the men and women who wore the uniform of our country – the living and the dead.” - President Calvin Coolidge

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “America’s Workforce - Empowering All.” As the Nation's largest employer, the Federal Government has a special responsibility to lead by example to include people with disabilities in the workforce, and foster a disability-friendly work culture.

To highlight the achievements of American workers with disabilities, the president released an official proclamation recognizing October as National Disability Awareness Month.

The proclamation states,

[This month], we renew our commitment to creating an environment of opportunity for all Americans and educating people about disability employment issues.

 Earlier this year, the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities reached the lowest rate ever recorded. 

The proclamation highlights steps the administration has taken to addresses disability employment issues, which include “encouraging those with disabilities to engage in the workforce, providing greater opportunities for their involvement, and preventing workplace injuries from occurring,” and describes the administration’s commitment to creating opportunities for Americans with disabilities across the workforce.

OPM is proud to mark 73 years since President Truman approved a Congressional Resolution declaring the first week in October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week”. 

In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the program to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).” 

Today, NDEAM celebrates disability inclusion and the contributions made to this country by workers with disabilities. This month, we celebrate what is possible. This month, we also focus on education and awareness – to remind everyone of the value of the skills and talents workers with disabilities bring to communities everywhere. 

OPM’s community of employees with disabilities contributes much to this agency. Please take a moment to learn about this community here: http://theo.opm.gov/FedsWithDisabilities/index.aspx.


Celebrating TR's 160th Birthday

This week, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management celebrates the 160th birthday of the father of today's civil service, Theodore Roosevelt. 

Theodore Roosevelt, also known as Teddy Roosevelt or TR, lived a life of service, accomplishment, and adventure.

Throughout his life, Roosevelt wore many hats: TR served as New York City Police Commissioner, was appointed Assistant U.S. Navy Secretary under President McKinley, and founded the volunteer cavalry known as the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War. He was also elected Governor of New York and later, President of the United States.

But perhaps most importantly to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Theodore Roosevelt served as U.S. Civil Service Commissioner from 1889 to 1895, where he fought to ensure a federal hiring system rooted in fairness and equal access and protection for all.

As Civil Service Commissioner, he aggressively led efforts to investigate fraud and political abuse in government and expose corrupt government officials.

One week into his job, he recommended the removal of examination board members in New York for selling test questions to the public for $50.

Later, during his tenure as our nation’s 26th President, Roosevelt worked to broaden the scope of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1883 by establishing a merit-based civil service system.

TR believed civil service reform should be based on three principles:

·       Opportunities should be made equal for all citizens;

·       Only those who have merit should be appointed to federal jobs; and

·       Public servants should not suffer for their political beliefs.

During his administration, President Roosevelt prioritized modernizing the Federal Government. Some of his reforms established the foundation for the modern merit system, including:

·       Position-classification based on duties;

·       The establishment of the modern job survey in Federal Service; and

·       Requirements for stricter compliance of restrictions against political activity by Federal officials.

Evidence of TR’s reforms can still be seen today.

In the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the merit system principles were codified into law, which states,

...to provide the people of the United States with a competent, honest, and productive workforce...and to improve the quality of public service, Federal personnel management should be implemented consistent with merit system principles.

Today, the merit system principles exist as framework for accountability to ensure Federal employees behave responsibility and work toward mission success.  

In 1992, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Washington Headquarters was named the “Theodore Roosevelt Federal Building,” in honor of TR’s contributions and dedication to our civil service system.

This week, we continue to honor Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy and his impact on the modern civil service system by remembering his 160th birthday.

Please be sure to join in the conversation on social media by using #TRFact and #TR160, so that together, we can celebrate and remember Theodore Roosevelt’s service to our country and his lasting impact on our nation’s civil service.  


CFC 2018 - Show You Care!

During this period of seasonal transition between summer fun and the holidays, many of us start to find ourselves indoors a little more than usual.

When that happens, we start to reflect on the year, think about how much we have been given, and we often seek ways to give back.

There are many ways to give. We can give of our time. We can give with money, with gifts, or even with a smile and an open heart.

One thing remains the same for all givers: we share the core belief that connecting and sharing with others is a cornerstone for making this world a better place.

On October 17th, OPM launched its internal Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). For Federal employees, the CFC is a familiar annual fundraising opportunity.

Over the past 56 years, the CFC has raised $8.2 billion to help those in need in the National Capital Region, across the nation, and throughout the world.

Why give through CFC? The CFC is a one-stop-shop organization with an easy to navigate website that automates the process of giving to people in need.

There are thousands of charities on the CFC website to select from, and no doubt, you will find a cause there that you can find some connection to and support, whether it is pet adoption, homelessness, veterans’ causes, or a host of other worthy organizations that could benefit tremendously from your donations.

To give to CFC, you don’t need to give a lot. The minimum financial contribution is $1 per pay period. To give you a comparison, it costs approximately $2, usually more, for one cup of coffee downtown D.C. these days.

Did you know that $1.31 per pay period can feed 100 homeless people? That just goes to show: every little bit that you can give makes a difference.

This year, volunteer hours are also monetized towards our agency goal. So if you would prefer to donate your time, that contribution will make an enormous difference as well.

Our goal at OPM this year is to raise $100,000 through CFC giving. We can absolutely hit this mark with your generosity. Please Show Some Love, and consider exploring the CFC website to select a cause that touches your heart.

To get involved, please visit https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/, where you will be able to create a profile that you can use over and over again. Through the CFC website, you will be able to research charities locally, nationally, or worldwide and make a difference through your contributions to helping others in need.



This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Service Reform Act, which was signed by President Jimmy Carter on October 13, 1978 to bring more efficiency and accountability to the Federal Government.

The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 reorganized the Civil Service Commission, establishing the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Federal Labor Relations Authority in its place. 

The law also modernized the existing Federal personnel system by putting the merit system principles into law, laying out prohibited personnel practices, and establishing the Senior Executive Service.

Upon signing the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, President Carter stated,

Now this bill is law, but this is just the start of a continuing effort to improve the Federal Government’s services to the people.

By itself, the law will not ensure improvement in the system. It provides the tools; the will and determination must come from those who manage the Government.

Following the law’s enactment in 1978, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management assumed the role of chief human resources agency and personnel policy manager for the Federal Workforce.

OPM works with the President, Congress, key stakeholders, and agencies across the Federal Government to implement human capital policies that help Federal agencies meet their strategic goals and achieve agency results.

Today, OPM continues to advance its mission by modernizing and improving our Federal Workforce through the President’s Management Agenda.

The President’s Management Agenda was created to address 21st Century challenges throughout the Federal workforce and drive improved results across all Federal agencies by focusing on achieving mission-driven results, providing excellent service to the public and exercising effective stewardship of taxpayer funds.  

By embracing the reforms outlined by the PMA, OPM will continue to build upon the mission outlined by the Civil Service Reform Act, making our government more efficient, effective and accountable to the American people. 

To learn more, check out this video recapping OPM's Civil Service Reform Act 40th Anniversary event. 


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