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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! 


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 www.pmf.gov.  



Today, OPM celebrates National Native American Heritage Day and recognizes the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of what eventually became the United States.  Native American Heritage Day is a civil holiday observed the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S.  

The month of November is nationally recognized as Native American Heritage Month, with a day specifically designated to celebrate the achievements, culture, and traditions of our Native American citizens.

In President Trump’s proclamation recognizing November as National Native American Heritage Month, he states, “Native Americans have influenced every stage of America's development. They helped early European settlers survive and thrive in a new land. They contributed democratic ideas to our constitutional Framers. And, for more than 200 years, they have bravely answered the call to defend our Nation, serving with distinction in every branch of the United States Armed Forces. The Nation is grateful for the service and sacrifice of all American Indians and Alaska Natives.”

OPM concurs with the President’s view that Native Americans taught the first European settlers the deep importance of culture, and enthusiasm of traditions. Today, the National Museum of the American Indian will be holding a unique family celebration of Native American Heritage Day showcasing different ways that Native people give thanks. I invite you to join in the museum’s Family Fun Day, and explore the interactive programs which include dancing, games, short children’s films, and storytelling.

Please join us in recognizing the many accomplishments and contributions of Native Americas.  We thank them for their contributions to our great Nation.

 


 

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, the United States of America will unite in honor of our Nation’s veterans, and pay tribute to their sacrifice for our country.

As President Donald J. Trump said in his 2017 Veterans Day proclamation, “Our veterans represent the very best of America. They have bravely answered the call to serve in the finest military force in the world, and they have earned the dignity that comes with wearing the uniform and defending our great flag. On Veterans Day, we honor all Americans who have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, both in times of war and peace. For nearly 100 years, since the end of World War I, Veterans Day has given us a time to pay due respect to our veterans, who have passed the torch of liberty from one generation to the next.”

At the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), we also believe that our veterans represent the very best of America. We know that from working alongside veterans and their families. We see that in our Veterans Services Office here at OPM, as we strive every day to reach out to veterans, transitioning service members, Federal agencies, Veterans Services Organizations, and other stakeholders to support veteran hiring in the Federal Government.

I personally want our veterans to know that their value to our Nation will always be immeasurable, even long after they’ve hung their combat boots up. My father was a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps (predecessor to the U.S. Air Force).  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals for his service in the Pacific Theatre in WWII.  He rejoined Federal service when he was discharged and served about 40 years at the U.S. Postal Service.  The pride I feel for him, and everyone who has served our Nation, will never fade.

Our veterans are, and will always be, valued members of the Federal Civil Service and American citizenry.  America is the land of the free, because of the brave. Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service.



I am excited to announce that OPM is releasing the latest Federal Human Capital Business Reference Model (HCBRM), defining the Federal Government Human Capital Management (HCM) functional framework. This model was developed by engaging Human Resources (HR) policy and industry experts. 

You may be wondering what this means and how it might impact you so some background on the HCBRM may be helpful.   The HCBRM is the first step toward the goal of establishing a common experience for all employees concerning delivery of HR operations and services.  It provides a simplified view of operational functions and policy ownership, and a common structure which intends to align HR operations, finance and acquisition. Ultimately, it seeks to foster uniformity in the HR experience for employees notwithstanding the Federal agency in which they serve. 

The HCBRM is a functional tool impacting all of us and can be leveraged by agency leaders, HR professionals, and our partners inside and outside government by laying out a clear, transparent and common HCM functional structure that:

1. Informs everyone with a simplified view of HR operational functions and policy ownership;

2. Gives HR practitioners a quick reference to understand the functional requirements for their specific area of HR;

3. Provides agency leadership with a model to more effectively plan, deliver, assess, and manage their HR workforce, policy, processes, budget, service, and delivery; and

4. Lays out the Federal HCM blueprint for government-wide HR operations, acquisition, budget formulation, programmatic evaluation, shared services, and data.

The HCBRM delivers value because it will be used to help streamline government-wide HR operations, standardize HR service delivery including information technology, simplify HR acquisitions, and drive transparency in the HR budget.   These are all benefits that can have long-lasting impact across the Executive Branch. 


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