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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.  


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. 




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.

 



Federal Benefits Open Season is here! Each year, we encourage all eligible employees and retirees to review their health, dental, vision, and tax-saving needs and to make changes to, or enroll in, the right benefit programs for you and your family. Open Season is the time to make elections you generally can’t make during other times of the year. Remember that all health, dental, or vision plans have some differences, and between now and December 11 you can make choices in our quality benefit programs. Here is a link to learn more about the Federal Benefits Open Season.

The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program

The FEHB Program covers over 8.2 million employees, retirees, and their families all across the country. For 2018, there will be 262 health plan choices available, with 15 of them available nationwide. To help you find the right plan for you and your family, OPM’s website provides plan details, including costs, provider directory, services, and benefits. Be sure to use our improved Plan Comparison Tool to assist with your decision.

If you are enrolled in “Self and Family”, but have only one eligible family member, consider changing to Self Plus One. The change could save you money.

On OPM’s Quality page, you can also check out plans in your ZIP code to see how they compare to your current plan on the quality and customer satisfaction topics that matter the most to you. OPM selects the most relevant measures available, including prenatal care, blood pressure control, timeliness of processing claims, and overall plan satisfaction. You can learn more about the FEHB Program on our dedicated Federal Benefits Open Season webpage.

Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP)

For 2018, FEDVIP offers 10 dental plans, of which 6 are nationwide plans. And, there are 4 vision plans offered, all available nationwide. Coverage under a FEDVIP dental or vision plan is a great way to fill in the gaps of any coverage you now have or to help pay for services that are not covered or available under your current health plan. Some highlights: FEDVIP offers adult orthodontia and in-network Class A dental services (e.g., oral exams, prophylaxis, topical application of fluoride) are free. And, you can enroll in a self only vision plan for under $4 per pay period. As always, check plan brochures for specific coverage and compare plans. You can learn more about FEDVIP on the Federal Benefits Open Season webpage.

Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS)

Most employees are eligible to enroll in FSAFEDS, but retirees are not eligible for this particular program. You should check with your agency’s human resources office to verify your eligibility. For those that are eligible, FSAFEDS offers 3 accounts to choose from - a health care account, a limited expense health care account, and a dependent care account. Participation in these accounts allows you to lower your taxable income by setting aside pre-tax money to pay for eligible health, dental, vision, and dependent care expenses, such as co-pays, prescription drug costs, orthodontics, eyeglasses, and child/elder care. As a reminder, there is now a “carry over” where enrollees can carry over up to $500 of unused Health Care FSA money into the following year. This means that you won’t have to forfeit money you don’t use by the end of the calendar year. To take advantage of the carry-over of 2017 funds, you must re-enroll for 2018.

FSAFEDS offers paperless reimbursement for your Health Care FSA through a number of FEHB and FEDVIP plans. This means that when you or your provider file claims with your FEHB or FEDVIP plan, FSAFEDS will automatically reimburse your eligible out-of-pocket expenses (co-pay, prescriptions cost, etc..) based on the claim information it receives from your plan. There is little or no paperwork involved, and in many cases you will receive your reimbursement before your bill is due.

To learn more about FSAs, how much you can contribute, how much you can save, and changes for the 2018 benefit period, head over to our Federal Benefits Open Season webpage.

Don’t forget, you have until December 11 to review your and your family’s needs and to make the choices that are right for you.  



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