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Today, the Partnership for Public Service released their “2013 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” rankings. I’m proud to say that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management ranks in at #8 among mid-sized agencies.

The employees here at OPM deserve this recognition. Their focus on mission, and on public service, is what makes the U.S. Office of Personnel Management one of the best places to work in government. In my first week, I challenged OPM employees to set the bar high, to achieve what was previously thought impossible. Every day they rise to that challenge. That commitment to succeed is what makes this a great place to work.

From the Partnership for Public Service:

Designed to help a broad audience of government leaders, employees and job seekers, the 2013 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings drew on responses from more than 376,000 civil servants to produce a detailed view of employee satisfaction and commitment across 371 federal agencies and subcomponents.

The Partnership for Public Service uses data from the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to rank agencies and their subcomponents according to a Best Places to Work index score. Agencies and subcomponents are measured on overall employee satisfaction and scored on 10 workplace categories, such as effective leadership, employee skills–mission match, pay, teamwork and work–life balance.


Today I had the honor of being ceremonially sworn-in as Director of the Office of Personnel Management by Vice President Biden during an event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

While I was officially sworn-in when I first joined the OPM team, today's private ceremony allowed my family the time to travel to Washington and share in this wonderful and memorable experience. Later at my office at OPM we gathered a small group of colleagues and friends and I shared with them some thoughts on this special day.

I told them how honored I was that the President asked me to take on the challenge of leading such an important agency with an important mission. OPM touches the lives of so many people and provides a foundation for the work done all across the government because we manage people – the greatest asset we have.

I talked about wanting to instill in people all across this country the belief in the power of public service, and sharing with the American public the incredible work we do in the Federal government.

I want OPM to be an example of collaboration and inclusion for all government. And I asked representatives in the room from outside and inside of government to work with us as we tackle the tough challenges together.

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta being sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden


This week more than 200 SES members were sworn-in as the newest career leaders of the Federal government. I had the honor of speaking to them at their orientation about the opportunities and responsibilities at the mantle of leadership.

The SES corps is the mobile, agile and strong leadership of the Federal service. In every agency, every department of the Federal government, the SES execute the challenging missions of the government and ensure the highest level of performance from our world class 21st Century Federal workforce.

I challenged these new leaders sworn in this week to aim high, to dream the impossible and to collaborate with their colleagues at every level. I stressed that true leadership also means extending a hand to the next generation of SES members. We need a bench of leadership, and it must be rich with the diversity of the country.

Even as these new SES leaders assume their responsibilities, the search for the next SES class has begun. With the President’s Management Council, I’m working to see how we can improve on the processes and procedures for recruiting, hiring and evaluating SES members.

So I congratulate our new SES class and look forward to the great work they will do for the American people.

Director Katherine Archuleta speaking to SES members at their orientation.

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Today our Nation honors each of you, America’s veterans, who have served so faithfully and honorably. We pause to remember the sacrifices our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen have made in serving our Nation where and when you were needed. Veterans Day is more than a holiday; it is a day of heartfelt appreciation to all who have served our great country in the Armed Forces.

In his Veterans Day Proclamation, President Obama has been clear: 

"Under the most demanding of circumstances and in the most dangerous corners of the earth, America's veterans have served with distinction. With courage, self-sacrifice, and devotion to our Nation and to one another, they represent the American character at its best. On Veterans Day and every day, we celebrate their immeasurable contributions, draw inspiration from their example, and renew our commitment to showing them the fullest support of a grateful Nation."


For the full text of the Proclamation, click here:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/05/presidential-proclamation-veterans-day-2013.

One way we at OPM honor our Nation’s promises is by making Federal civilian employment opportunities available when our servicemen and women lay their uniforms down.  This is not only a matter of honor; the courage, integrity, and determination that you displayed in the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard makes you ideal candidates for Federal service.  Every American benefits from retaining the dedication, leadership, skills, and abilities veterans have honed in the fast-paced, dynamic environments of our armed services.

And, in the words of John F. Kennedy, “ As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

It has been four years since President Obama established the Veterans Employment Initiative, and OPM continues to lead the charge to honor and appreciate your service by ensuring that you have the opportunity to continue your service to this great Nation as Federal civilian employees.

On behalf of our Nation and its people, I thank you for your service – past, present, and future.

My first week at OPM is already over and it’s been an intense, exciting, challenging and informative first five days on the job. I’ve had the chance to meet the senior staff and their support teams. I’ve also learned a great deal about all of the intricacies of OPM’s departments and how much everyone at OPM does on a daily basis. So, for that, thank you. Your work is important and impressive. We couldn’t run this agency without you.

I thought this would be a good time to talk to you all about a few of my priorities and goals for my time at OPM.

First and foremost, I want to be your champion. I want the American people to know who you are, and what you do, and how that makes a difference in their daily lives. I am going to represent you across the country, because you deserve the recognition. You deserve to have people know how hard you work and that you dedicate long hours to very difficult issues. Federal employees deserve to be recognized.

I want to tackle some of our most pressing issues to ensure that we are able to serve to the best of our ability. In my first 100 days at OPM, I plan to work with my team to create a plan for handing I.T. modernization across the agency, especially for retirement. I’ve had the chance to meet and talk with our new CTO, the CIO and others every day this week, and I can say that there are some fantastic ideas in the mix. We’re definitely on the right track.

I also want to make sure that the Federal workforce looks like America, that it is diverse, inclusive, and reflects the people we serve. If you are smart, if you are dedicated, and if you are ready to work hard for what you believe in, we want you here. We will continue to build stronger pipelines into Federal service and ensure that we are cultivating and attracting the talent that we need so that from resume through retirement we have the strongest workforce possible.

This week, I challenged the employees at OPM to something. I challenged them to think beyond what is difficult and to help determine how we can accomplish the impossible.  When we set the bar high, when we strive to push our own boundaries of thinking, we move the needle. And that is what we need.

Thank you again for your warm welcomes, your patience, and, most of all, your dedicated hard work. This was just week one and I can already see how great we will be together.

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