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The month of June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month).   As noted by the Library of Congress, LGBT Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June.  LGBT Pride Month is just one way that we can honor the struggles and achievements of the LGBT community, including the LGBT members of our Federal workforce.  Please join me and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in celebrating LGBT Pride Month. 

I firmly believe that when we draw on the wisdom of a workforce recruited from all segments of society, we are better able to understand and meet the needs of our customers – the American people. 

The Federal Government leads by example by providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  It is important to note that a fundamental value of civil service has been to draw from all segments of society, where selection and career advancement of Federal employees are “determined solely on the basis of relative ability, knowledge and skills.”  This is an ideal time to emphasize that all Federal employees – including LGBT individuals – should be able to perform their jobs free from any unlawful discrimination.  Additional information on this important topic can be found in a helpful resource guide titled “Addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Federal Civilian Employment:  A Guide to Employment Rights, Protections, and Responsibilities.”  

June 12th is the one year anniversary of the horrific massacre at a nightclub in Orlando.  As a nation, we showed our respect and solidarity to the LGBT community.  On this one year anniversary, I invite you to pause and reflect on this tragedy again.  It is also an opportunity to show the American people that Federal agencies will continue promoting equal opportunity and stand against any unlawful discrimination.

I want to remind you that various resources are available to promote a diverse and inclusive workforce.  I invite you to take advantage and learn more from these helpful resources.   In addition, to learn more about the benefits that are extended to same-sex partners of Federal employees and their children where the law permits, please visit our frequently asked questions for LGBT Federal employees and annuitants.

Enjoy your celebration and Happy Pride Month.

            

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From May 2 until June 22, 2017, just over a million employees across the Federal government will have the chance to participate in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS).  If you received a survey this year, I invite you to participate.  While you may find it hard to set aside time in your busy day, or even wonder about the value of participating, let me assure you -- your response is valued!  The FEVS is an employee survey, which means it is your survey.  Results from the survey support the work of government by giving you a voice in ongoing Federal workplace improvements. The survey is sent to a sample of employees and your input helps your leadership know more about the employee experience.

All levels of leadership across government are able to use FEVS results to inform decisions for agency development. Results provide a snapshot of employees’ perceptions of whether, and to what extent, conditions characterizing successful organizations are present in their agencies. This is your opportunity to help shape and improve Federal workplaces. OPM shares results from the FEVS through a series of reports and tools to help agency leadership identify challenges and opportunities for Federal workplace development.  You too can see results from the FEVS.  A few weeks after the survey closes, we send a summary of responses to each FEVS item to your agency, and those are required to be posted to your agency intranet within 120 days. You can also find FEVS Government-wide results on our website.  FEVS results are also available with other HR data on our UnlockTalent dashboard; log in to see your agency’s 2016 results.

While your perspective is shared, it is confidential: your identity and any information that would permit personal identification will be withheld when survey results are shared with your employer or in publicly released reports regarding the survey.  . 

The FEVS supports information-sharing between employees and management as they come together to serve the American people.  So remember, if you receive a Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey please take the time to respond.  Your response to the survey is important and counts toward the successful functioning of your agency and the Federal government.  


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By Steve Shih, Deputy Associate Director for Senior Executive Services and Performance Management

Each May, the Federal Government recognizes Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month – an opportunity to honor those Americans who can trace their ancestry to a multitude of countries in Asia, Hawaii and the Pacific Island territories, and for us to celebrate those who contribute in so many ways to the success of our Nation.  President Donald J. Trump recently issued a Proclamation recognizing May as AAPI Heritage Month, and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), along with other Federal agencies, join President Trump in celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

This special observance originated in June 1977, when Representatives Frank Horton of New York and Norman Mineta of California called upon the President to proclaim the first 10 days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week.  In October 1978, President Jimmy Carter expanded the observance as an annual celebration, and 12 years later President George H.W. Bush extended the week-long celebration to a month.  The official designation of May as Asian American and Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law in 1992.  The month of May was chosen to observe Asian and Pacific Americans for a number of reasons, including to commemorate the first Japanese who came to the country in May of 1843, and to mark the May 1869 completion of the Transcontinental Railroad which involved the labor of many Chinese immigrants.

The AAPI community is made up of culturally and linguistically-diverse people, representing populations from many countries and islands.  The diversity of AAPIs – and the value of diversity in general to the excellence of our Nation – are reflected in the theme for this year’s celebration, “Unite Our Voices by Speaking Together.”  The theme speaks not only to the variety of AAPI experiences in the United States but encourages all Americans to join together to share our important individual experiences and to come together to make our Nation great.

Throughout the history of our country, our citizens from the AAPI community have made significant contributions exemplifying American values of hard work and perseverance.  Members of the AAPI community have excelled in so many patriotic and leading ways, including as artists; authors; athletes; teachers; scientists; doctors; engineers; lawyers; government leaders; and brave members of our Armed Forces.

OPM continues our commitment to helping the Federal Government achieve a strong and united workforce – a world-class workforce – to serve the American people.  AAPI Heritage Month reminds us we can best solve the complex and historic challenges of our time by solving them together; when we join our individual strengths, we unify and magnify our nation’s effectiveness. 

For information on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, please visit: http://asianpacificheritage.gov/ and http://asianpacificheritage.gov/about/.

 


National Women's History Month 2017: Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business

Each March, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management honors Women’s History Month by recognizing the invaluable contributions of women who have inspired and shaped our Nation through civil service.  Women’s History Month honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of women throughout the history of the United States. 

Since the passage of the Pendleton Act of 1883, it has been a fundamental value of civil service to draw from all segments of society, where selection and career advancement of Federal employees are “determined solely on the basis of relative ability, knowledge and skills.”  The second person ever to be appointed to the U.S. Civil Service, and first ever woman, was Mary F. Hoyt.  Miss Hoyt earned her job because of the score she received on the first official competitive examination.  On September 5, 1883, Miss Hoyt was appointed to the Treasury Department as a clerk for a salary of $900 a year.    

While you don’t need to look back over 130 years to find incredible examples of leadership, service, and innovation from women in public service, I would like to highlight a few for you. Each one is a pioneer in her own way, but all have displayed the courage and determination it takes to break barriers on the way to greatness.

Frances Perkins was the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet and was the Secretary of Labor for 12 years – the longest tenure in the history of that agency. During that time, Perkins fought for laws to set minimum wages, pensions, unemployment insurance, restrictions on child labor practices, and contributed to the creation of the Social Security Act of 1935.

Betty Mae Tiger Jumper lived a life of firsts: the first Seminole to graduate high school, read and write English, and get certified as a public nurse. She went on to initiate the beginnings of the Indian Health Care Program. Jumper became the first female elected tribal Chief in the U.S. and served on the National Congress on Indian Opportunity, where she created the United Southeastern Tribes coalition, which today consists of more than 26 tribes.

Ellen Ochoa became the first Hispanic American woman to fly in space, where she logged nearly 1,000 hours on four missions. She is the current Director of the Johnson Space Center – the first Hispanic and second woman to hold that position. Ochoa is a co-inventor on three patents, and her research has led to critical developments in optical systems for automated space exploration.

During my 25 years as a civil servant, I have had the opportunity to work for and with many amazing Federal employees, many of whom have been women. Merit System Principles are honored and the United States is well-served when agencies select employees based on merit, and not gender. The Federal government continues to aspire to be the model employer where, regardless of gender, employees are afforded the opportunity for a challenging and rewarding career in service of our country. 

As we prepare for the future challenges facing our country, let us pause and reflect on the women who have inspired us all to go further, take risks, and do more good. I invite you to join us in honoring those women who inspire you as we observe Women’s History Month, whether they are famous historical figures or those who work in the cubicle next to you.

For information on Women’s History Month, please visit: http://womenshistorymonth.gov/

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