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As we close out our celebration of Women’s History Month, we reflect on all of the great strides women have made over the years to overcome challenges and reduce the equity gap. This dates back to 1789 when the U.S. Constitution was ratified and terms such as “persons” and “people” allowed for the interpretation of those beings to include men and women. We can track the progress through monumental changes such as Colleges and Universities becoming co-educational, granting of voting rights, to the first woman voted in to the Senate. We have seen the female-to-male earnings ratio increase over time, women moving into senior management positions and sitting on Boards of Fortune 500 companies.  We have come a long way, yet we still have to face some facts. The statistics show that women are underrepresented in leadership roles, not always paid at the same rate as our male counterparts, lack opportunities for upward mobility in organizations, and that the proverbial glass ceiling still exists.

There are numerous publications that point to these gaps that exist between men and women in the workplace and even more publications, written by both men and women, that provide “solutions” to this problem. Awareness is key to springing into action. It makes sense that we need to be aware to act, and Women’s History Month serves this exact purpose. We pause and examine where we were and where we are. What I would like to focus on is the movement forward and what is needed for our actions to result in change. Taking action is not going to result in change unless we take action consistently, purposefully and over time. Think about working out at the gym. If you do it once, it will not change your body, but if you do it purposefully and consistently over time, you will see a change. The systems we face will not change unless we are taking action consistently. Actions can be small acts that culminate in big change. Here are some ways in which we can take small actions to support and change our culture and potentially move beyond the barriers women face:

  • Increase awareness among the entire human race regardless of gender or age. This means that we point out discrepancies or perceptions of fair treatment to those around us and offer solutions that improve conditions.
  • Offer a hand up to other women coming up behind us. This means that we mentor others and share our successes and failures and not feel threatened.
  • Recognize our strengths and weaknesses and take actions that may seem risky.  This means that we value ourselves for our strengths and contributions we make and ask for help when needed.
  • Stop holding back. This means that we become less critical of ourselves and take risks that promote and highlight our accomplishments.

Change is inevitable and we can be the catalysts for positive change moving women even further as we become history. Happy Women’s History Month!


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: login.gov. Login.gov, 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 login.gov? Login.gov provides the public with secure and private online access to participating government programs. With just a single login.gov 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 login.gov 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 login.gov account, you will connect the account to your USAJOBS profile. The only difference is that you will now use your login.gov email address, password and pin code to sign into USAJOBS.

Login.gov 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 login.gov, 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.


Black and white picture of Martin Luther King Jr and the text: #MLKDAY January 15, 2018. Everybody Can Be Great, Because Everybody Can Serve. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On the bottom it says OPM.gov

On Monday, January 15 we will recognize and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his prominent activism and leadership in the Civil Rights Movement. He worked tirelessly to lead and advocate for African-Americans, as well as men, and women everywhere – regardless of their color or creed, to achieve equality. Dr. King’s dedication to nonviolent social change had a profound impact on America. This Federal Holiday is celebrated by many as a day of service: “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”

As I reflect on my past year as Acting Director, I am struck by how OPM -- and Federal employees generally -- embody Dr. King’s teaching of kindness, service to others, and progress. This year was fraught with hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters, and although many communities were devastated by these tragedies, it served as a reminder of how impactful and service-oriented Federal employees can be. From those who responded as part of their official duties or volunteered their time for the relief efforts, to those who donated leave to adversely affected victims of the storms, our Federal workforce was there to offer a helping hand. In that spirit, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is another opportunity to honor and promote Dr. King’s focus on service. As we shift into MLK weekend, we’ve highlighted a number of opportunities to get involved, and to live out Dr. King’s words, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve”.

Opportunities to get involved over the MLK weekend include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)! Last year, Federal employees voluntarily participated in the CFC and contributed more than $167 million to thousands of local, national, and international causes. Today is the last day to pledge time or funds for this season’s campaign. To pledge today, visit the CFC Giving website.
  • Participate in your local communities and organizations to help the less fortunate.
  • Share ways you support MLK Day on its official social media sites:  Twitter: @MLKDay | Hashtag: #MLKDay | Facebook.com/MLKDay.

Thank you, Federal employees, for all you do! 


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