As we look forward to the beginning of 2014, I want to thank everyone in the OPM family for another extraordinary year of service to the federal workforce, to retirees, their families and the American people.
Looking back on 2013, OPM employees have worked through many challenges to achieve so much. And they never missed a beat in their efforts to ensure that the work of this vital agency continued. The agency made strides in such important areas as improving retirement processing, increasing the percentage of new hires who are veterans and people with disabilities, implementing key provisions of the Affordable Care Act and beginning work on the reform of our IT systems.
And I want to thank OPM for welcoming me as its new Director and for the support I’ve been given as this important agency begins the next chapter in its history.
2014 is going to be an exciting and busy year. I’m looking forward to ensuring that OPM continues to make the federal government a model employer for the 21st Century. We must find ways to honor government employees here and around the world, strive to create a workforce that is engaged, innovative, inclusive and reflects the brilliant mosaic of the America we all serve.
All my best wishes for a Happy New Year!
As we celebrate the holidays this week, I want to take a moment to thank all OPM employees for their hard work and dedication to serving the Federal workforce, Federal annuitants, and their families all across this great country and the world.
What the workforce at OPM does every day means so much to so many people, and I didn’t want this season of caring and hope to go by without saying how much I appreciate all of their efforts. In addition, I am so grateful for the warm welcome everyone at the agency has given me as we begin this journey at OPM together.
For many, this will be a time to celebrate with loved ones both near and far. Children away at school will find their way home. The hustle and bustle of our busy lives will be put aside for a few days as we treasure the time away from the daily pressures of the important work of serving the nation.
Some will be on duty for the American people during this holiday season. Many Federal workers who maintain the safety of our airports, stand guard over Federal facilities, tend to our wounded warriors and perform so many other vital Government functions will remain vigilant during this holiday time. To them and everyone who makes up this world-class workforce, I thank you for your continued service.
I wish you and yours a Happy Holiday!
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