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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

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 |

Thank you, Federal employees, for all you do! 

The PMF Program is the Federal Government’s flagship leadership development program for entry level professionals with advanced degrees. The program helps Federal agencies access a prescreened talent pool of highly-skilled graduates holding advanced degrees, in order to build a cadre of potential leaders for the Federal government. PMFs are appointed to a temporary, two-year Federal position, where they apply their skills while engaging in leadership development programs that can include classroom, cohort, and rotational experiences.  The Fellowship can lead to a permanent career appointment at a Federal agency. This year, over 6,000 individuals from around the world applied for this prestigious program, and through a rigorous assessment and selection process we have selected 425 Finalists.  The Class of 2018 PMF Finalists represent 69 different degree programs across 161 academic institutions both in the U.S. and across the globe.

Throughout the next year, the Class of 2018 PMF Finalists will have the opportunity to interview with Federal agencies across government to find placements as Fellows. PMFs serve in a variety of Federal positions across government and bring sought-after talent and domain expertise to civil service.  As we continue to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the PMF Program this year, I am incredibly excited to welcome this Class of 2018 Finalists into the PMF family. OPM is honored to have played a role in the success of this Program (and its predecessor, the Presidential Management Interns Program) over the past 40 years.

This anniversary of the PMF Program reminds us of the importance of public service and the legacy of those who serve. The PMF Program has created a lasting legacy of leadership and quality service across Government and I am confident that it will continue to do so in the future.

To find out more about the PMF Program, please check out our website at  

There are many pieces of information to review when you’re choosing a health plan. The type of plan (fee-for-service, Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)), the provider network, the cost sharing structure, and other coverage details may all be important in your decision making process. We show these details in our Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Plan Comparison Tool to help you choose the right plan for you and your family.   While these are important considerations, we encourage you to focus on quality in making your plan choice.

We built our Compare Quality page to show you how well a plan delivers its services in your area. Enter your ZIP Code to see how plans perform on key measures of population health and customer satisfaction. We’ve compared plans of different types on the same measures and have displayed pie charts showing how well each plan meets national standards.

OPM chooses measures that are most relevant to FEHB members, and you can review the ones most relevant to you, such as:

  • Timeliness of Prenatal Care, if you are planning to grow your family.
  • Controlling Blood Pressure, if you are keeping an eye on your blood pressure.
  • Hospital Readmissions, if you have a surgery coming up.

Plans are listed according to their average performance on these first three quality measures, which represent critical areas of health to FEHB members. The other measures displayed are also important indicators of how well plans deliver preventive care, help you manage chronic conditions, provide behavioral health services, and encourage appropriate testing. Click on the question mark above each column for more information about each measure.

Another indicator of the quality of a plan’s services is how satisfied customers are with the plan. You can review customer satisfaction scores on the Compare Quality page for each plan in your area and see how people in that plan rate their overall experience as a member and the quality of a plan’s communication, access, and claims processing. This information can inform your decision to enroll in, keep, or change your FEHB coverage for 2018.

OPM is proud to provide affordable quality healthcare choices in the FEHB Program. We encourage you to visit the Compare Quality page and use the information to help you choose the best option for you and your family this Open Season. 


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