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Thursday, January 5, 2017
Contact: OPM Office of Communications
Tel: (202) 606-2402


Highlights Key Accomplishments in Support of the Federal Workforce

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), along with Federal agencies across government, released its exit memo today, highlighting the accomplishments the agency delivered during the Obama Administration.

“Over the past eight years, our overarching focus has been to modernize the way OPM supports agencies, current and former Federal employees, and their families,” said Beth Cobert, Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management. “By embracing new ways to use data to make decisions, investing in innovative tools and technologies, and streamlining and improving our processes, we have helped foster a workforce capable of tackling 21st century challenges.”

OPM helps agencies recruit, retain, and honor world-class employees, and conducts background investigations to help safeguard the integrity and trustworthiness of the 2.1 million men and women who serve in the Federal workforce. During the Obama Administration, OPM has focused on:

  • Making the Federal Government a model employer by adopting workplace policies that reflect the modern American economy;

  • Strengthening the personnel system to improve Federal agencies’ capacity to recruit, hire, develop, engage, and retain a motivated and qualified workforce;

  • Embracing new and innovative tools to improve customer service;

  • Enhancing the use of technology, development and deployment of cyber skills, and the implementation of new processes and controls to strengthen the cyber security of OPM’s networks; and

  • Strengthening and enhancing the background investigation process through the creation of the NBIB.

    Moving forward, OPM will continue its effort to develop innovative ways to compete with leaders in the private sector. Under the Obama Administration, OPM has made strides thus far by working to:

  • Close the gender pay gap;

  • Promote diversity and inclusion across all sectors;

  • Embrace workplace flexibilities;

  • Leverage the Pathways Programs to recruit students and recent graduates into Federal service;

  • Enhance USAJOBS to make the Federal application process more streamlined and user-friendly; and

  • Modernize and strengthen the security and effectiveness of Federal background investigations.

    The full Exit Memo can be found at   

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