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Today we take a moment to step away from our busy lives to remember the life and sacrifices of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It’s a day for the nation to honor the legacy and spirit of this civil rights giant.

In his proclamation designating Jan. 20 as the MLK Federal holiday, President Obama urges Americans to come together for a day of service.

“By volunteering our time and energy, we can build stronger, healthier, more resilient communities. Today, let us put aside our narrow ambitions, lift up one another, and march a little closer to the Nation Dr. King envisioned,” the president said in his proclamation

I hope all Federal employees, each in our own way, will celebrate Dr. King’s life through an act of service to neighbors, friends and people in their communities who are in need of a helping hand. This is what Federal workers do: serve the people of this great country.

Enjoy this holiday. And make it a “day on” not just a day off.

 


I love visiting with Federal workers!

This past week I had the special opportunity to travel to Ft. Meade, Maryland to meet and share donuts and coffee with some dedicated OPM employees from our agency’s Federal Investigative Office and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).


I met such talented and engaged employees like Elaine Bosserman, who has been at OPM for 8 of the 12 years she’s worked for the Federal government. Elaine is a FIS investigative case analyst who evaluates personnel security and suitability background investigations to make sure they meet our national security and quality standards. And I visited with Cassandra, who has served her country as a Federal employee for 33 years. For the past 8 years, Cassandra has supported OPM’s mission by overseeing a team that performs a number of record checks in connection with FIS background investigations.

My trip to Ft. Meade was my first visit in 2014 with OPM employees in the field, but it won’t be my last. One of my highest priorities as Director of OPM is to be a champion of Federal employees all across this great country. And I hope to carry that message personally to as many people in our Federal family as I can.



Every January, Americans celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by stepping up and spending the holiday named to honor him by performing service in their communities. This year we will pay tribute to this great civil rights leader’s vision and accomplishments on Monday, January 20.

The MLK Day of Service is a way for us to do our part to create Dr. King’s “Beloved Community.”  Each of us in our own way can reflect on his life by reaching out to those who need our help. We can do our part to carry on Dr. King’s dream of justice, equality and human rights for all Americans.

Federal workers serve this great country each and every day. And on this special holiday we can showcase our involvement and investment in our communities. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It asks all Americans to participate in our nation’s recovery and renewal by serving their communities in ways large and small. 

I ask you to visit www.MLKDay.gov to find a project you would like to participate in. Also, if you have your own project in mind, the website provides toolkits that will help you with your effort. 

And please, let’s not limit our community service to this one day. Let your service on this Federal holiday be a springboard for coming to the aid of your neighbors all through the year.

The MLK Day of Service is a time when you can honor Dr. King’s legacy through service.  Remember, this is not a day off, but a day on.


As our busy Federal workforce is beginning its work for an exciting and challenging 2014, I want to remind you that it is not too late to contribute to the Combined Federal Campaign.  Remember, the deadline for this year has been extended until Wednesday, Jan. 15.

I want to thank everyone who has already generously donated and who have participated in the many events that agencies have held across the government to build interest in this worthwhile campaign.

The generosity of Federal employees is tremendous.  I appreciate that these are tough times for many of us, but even a small donation can have an impact on the charities that are part of the CFC.

So as you are finalizing your 2014 personal budget, please consider including a CFC contribution in your planning. The money you contribute can help make “the impossible” possible.

For assistance in making a pledge, please contact your CFC key worker.


January is National Mentoring Month and it’s a perfect time to spread the word about the values and possibilities of mentoring and celebrate the Federal workers who take the time to teach, inspire and help guide their colleagues in their careers.

Throughout the Federal government, agencies are finding innovative ways to foster the goals of National Mentoring Month, which are embodied in the President’s proclamation: “America is at its best when we lift each other up, when we pursue our individual goals while never forgetting that we are bound as one nation and as one people…”

I know I have been fortunate to have wonderful mentors along the way in my career and hope that colleagues whose lives I’ve touched have benefitted from my mentoring.

At OPM, we are convening a roundtable discussion next week for employees to share their experiences and backgrounds and hopefully meet someone they can mentor or who can mentor them.

The governmentwide Flash Mentoring Program, which the Chief Human Capital Officers Council coordinates, has provided opportunities and programs at agencies throughout the government to help employees get tips on mentoring and to learn about the benefits of mentoring. In fact, a Flash Mentoring session is scheduled for next week at the Department of Education.

Since the Flash Mentoring Program’s first session in the fall of 2011, more than 600 federal workers have been mentored by more than 100 mentors and 27 agencies have participated in mentoring sessions.

But mentoring doesn’t require a formal program. Look around you. Find someone who you believe can help you develop your career, someone who may have a skills expertise that you would like to acquire. And look for someone who you can help reach his or her potential, who you can partner with and coach.

The President’s goal is to create a culture of mentorship throughout the Federal government. Let’s start now during National Mentoring Month and keep going during the year. Let’s make mentoring a way of life throughout this great Federal workforce.

 


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