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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) would like to take this opportunity to inform the Federal community about the available resources for employees whose lives are affected by sexual assault. Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) became an idea in the late 1970s. Women in England began holding protests fighting against the violence they encountered while walking the streets at night. These events called “Take Back the Night” spread quickly around the world and are still widely participated in today. By the late 1980s, activists wanted a designated week to raise awareness about sexual assault and the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault designated a week in April. In 2001, the U.S. first observed SAAM and momentum began to build to prevent sexual violence.

As the chief human resource agency for the Federal Government, OPM supports that all Federal employees should feel safe and secure at work.  The effects of these incidents may greatly impact a survivor’s ability to maintain a healthy and productive work and personal life. In a way, it can affect all of us who live and work with victims and survivors, their children, and other loved ones. No one should have to work or live in a climate of fear or insecurity and Federal employees should feel confident that assaultive behavior is not accepted or tolerated.

Federal agencies already have taken steps to address this issue, and should continue to build on these important efforts and existing policies.  Agency Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) offer a wealth of support in the forms of information, resources, and counseling.  Employees should contact their agency EAP coordinator for assistance and support.  OPM hosts a site where you can locate your EAP coordinator.  As the largest employer in the nation, the Federal Government has a duty to promote the health and safety of its employees by providing support and assistance to those whose working lives are affected by sexual assault.  

OPM also would like to remind agencies of the Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking in the Workplace free, online training available for use Governmentwide.  This training is intended for all Government agencies and covers definitions and types of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking (DVSAS), how DVSAS is a workplace issue, possible signs and symptoms of DVSAS, the importance of maintaining confidentiality in the workplace, and identifying the internal and external resources available to assist employees and managers. 

We each have a role to play in combating sexual assault in the workplace and there are resources within each agency that provide guidance and support.  Let's continue working together to take care of not only ourselves, but the men and women we work alongside every day.   

 



I am pleased to present the results of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Federal Work-Life Survey. This report highlights key findings and recommen¬≠dations on the Federal workforce use of workplace flexibilities and participation in work-life programs. Investment in these strategic business practices promotes the recruitment and retention of diverse talent, improves employee morale, and sustains high individual and organizational performance.

Organizations across all sectors of work are consistently challenged by continual changes in the availability of resources, the demand of their mission, and the needs of their workforce. Federal agency and employee values are equally important to the success of Government. These values must be recognized at every level to ensure the Federal workforce is engaged and empowered to best serve the American people.

Key findings from this survey include subject matters about telework, work life programs, Employee Current and Future Work-Life Needs, Barriers to Work-Life Program Participation, and more!

For example, did you know that Employee satisfaction with the use of workplace flexibilities is high? According to the report, employees are satisfied with their use of work schedule flexibilities (80%), telework (76%), and employee assistance programs (60%), but considerably less satisfied with health and wellness programs (38%) and family and dependent care programs (30%). Program satisfaction is an important factor that contributes to the likelihood of program expected outcomes that improve retention and performance.

OPM’s implementation of workplace flexibilities and employee wellness makes OPM an ideal place for employees to build their careers and cultivate ful¬≠filling lives outside the workplace. OPM’s analysis of the work-life survey data provides strong evidence of a significant relationship between participation in work-life programs and desired organizational outcomes. At the same time, there are opportunities for improvement by expanding support and reducing barriers to utilizing these programs.

For more numbers, statistics, and information, I invite you to review the full report! To access the full report, please go to www.opm.gov/worklifesurvey.



As we close out our celebration of Women’s History Month, we reflect on all of the great strides women have made over the years to overcome challenges and reduce the equity gap. This dates back to 1789 when the U.S. Constitution was ratified and terms such as “persons” and “people” allowed for the interpretation of those beings to include men and women. We can track the progress through monumental changes such as Colleges and Universities becoming co-educational, granting of voting rights, to the first woman voted in to the Senate. We have seen the female-to-male earnings ratio increase over time, women moving into senior management positions and sitting on Boards of Fortune 500 companies.  We have come a long way, yet we still have to face some facts. The statistics show that women are underrepresented in leadership roles, not always paid at the same rate as our male counterparts, lack opportunities for upward mobility in organizations, and that the proverbial glass ceiling still exists.

There are numerous publications that point to these gaps that exist between men and women in the workplace and even more publications, written by both men and women, that provide “solutions” to this problem. Awareness is key to springing into action. It makes sense that we need to be aware to act, and Women’s History Month serves this exact purpose. We pause and examine where we were and where we are. What I would like to focus on is the movement forward and what is needed for our actions to result in change. Taking action is not going to result in change unless we take action consistently, purposefully and over time. Think about working out at the gym. If you do it once, it will not change your body, but if you do it purposefully and consistently over time, you will see a change. The systems we face will not change unless we are taking action consistently. Actions can be small acts that culminate in big change. Here are some ways in which we can take small actions to support and change our culture and potentially move beyond the barriers women face:

  • Increase awareness among the entire human race regardless of gender or age. This means that we point out discrepancies or perceptions of fair treatment to those around us and offer solutions that improve conditions.
  • Offer a hand up to other women coming up behind us. This means that we mentor others and share our successes and failures and not feel threatened.
  • Recognize our strengths and weaknesses and take actions that may seem risky.  This means that we value ourselves for our strengths and contributions we make and ask for help when needed.
  • Stop holding back. This means that we become less critical of ourselves and take risks that promote and highlight our accomplishments.

Change is inevitable and we can be the catalysts for positive change moving women even further as we become history. Happy Women’s History Month!


USAJOBS, the Federal Government’s career portal, is continuously evolving to be an effective and user-friendly tool. We appreciate feedback from our users that helps us to enhance and improve USAJOBS. As an example, we are pleased to announce a new platform for user log in: login.gov. Login.gov, a General Services Administration (GSA) product, offers USAJOBS users the opportunity to benefit from GSA’s focus on authentication, security, privacy and usability.

So, what is login.gov? Login.gov provides the public with secure and private online access to participating government programs. With just a single login.gov account, users can sign into programs at a variety of government agencies without needing to create and remember multiple user names and passwords. The ultimate goal of login.gov is to make managing Federal benefits, services and applications easier and more secure.

What does this change mean to your USAJOBS account? Nothing will happen to the information already stored in your USAJOBS account and profile. You will be able to keep all of your applications, saved searches, and saved jobs. Once you set up a login.gov account, you will connect the account to your USAJOBS profile. The only difference is that you will now use your login.gov email address, password and pin code to sign into USAJOBS.

Login.gov will provide greater security to your profile and uploaded documentation by confirming you, the correct user, have access to each account by requiring two-factor authentication, a standard method used to increase the security of online accounts of all types, from social media to banking.

Here at OPM’s USAJOBS program, we are excited to offer a product that enhances log-in access to federal jobs while simultaneously increasing account security. Our team will continue to post updates and information to our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ pages throughout the next few weeks to help our job seekers with this transition.

For more information on using login.gov, please refer to our USAJOBS Help Center.



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.


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