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August 2015

  • Improving Hiring for our National ParksAug 28, 2015

    One of the Office of Personnel Management’s key missions is helping agencies untie the “knots” in the hiring process, and our recent partnership with the National Park Service offers a good case study of how we do that.

  • Matching Agencies with Top TalentAug 17, 2015

    One of the many ways that the Office of Personnel Management helps agencies find the top talent they need to serve the American people is through the Presidential Management Fellows, our flagship leadership development program. Last week, we held our annual job fair that gives PMF finalists a chance to connect face-to-face with agency officials.

  • Benefits Administration Letter (BAL) 15-305Aug 4, 2015

    For Payroll Providers: The September 2015 Headcount is a reminder for payroll providers to submit the semiannual Headcount for the September 2015 reporting period no later than September 18, 2015.

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July 2015

  • Keeping You Informed on CybersecurityJul 24, 2015

    It’s been an exciting and busy first two weeks for me as the new Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. I will be regularly using this space to share the latest news about what we are doing to address one of my top priorities for OPM – our response to the recent cybersecurity incidents.

  • OPM Announces Steps to Protect Federal Workers and Others From Cyber ThreatsJul 9, 2015

    Today, OPM announced the results of the interagency forensics investigation into a recent cyber incident involving Federal background investigation data and the steps it is taking to protect those impacted.

  • New Information about Background Investigation CyberintrusionJul 9, 2015

    Today, we at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released additional information about a recent cyber incident that affected the background investigation records of current, former, and prospective Federal employees and contractors. It is critical that all of OPM’s constituents, – most importantly – those who are directly impacted by these breaches receive information in a timely, transparent, and accurate manner. As I have said before, we take these incidents extremely seriously and, accordingly, are taking a number of steps to address both our cybersecurity and our process going forward.

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June 2015

  • OPM Notifies Agencies of Temporary Suspension of E-QIP SystemJun 29, 2015

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management today announced the temporary suspension of the E-QIP system, a web-based platform used to complete and submit background investigation forms.

  • Strengthening our IT Security PostureJun 29, 2015

    As our team at OPM continues to work tirelessly to fortify our data systems with stronger security upgrades, I wanted to notify our Federal family that we have taken the e-QIP system offline temporarily. E-QIP is a web-based platform used to complete and submit background investigation forms.

  • OPM's Cybersecurity Action ReportJun 24, 2015

    OPM today published a report that summarizes the actions the agency has taken to combat cyberattacks, the efforts that are currently underway, and plans for the future to meet a critical challenge: Government and non-government entities alike are under constant attack by evolving, advanced, and persistent threats and criminal actors. These adversaries are sophisticated, well-funded, and focused. For that reason, efforts to combat them and improve Federal IT and data security must be constantly improving as well. Read the Cyber report.

  • How OPM is Tackling CybercrimeJun 23, 2015

    As we at OPM and our partners across government work quickly to investigate the nature and scope of the cyberattacks that invaded our network and systems, I want to make sure that our Federal employee family knows that I continue to work each and every day to make sure that the data OPM is entrusted with protecting is secure now and for the future.

  • New Frequently Asked Questions on CybersecurityJun 18, 2015

    During the ongoing investigation of the intrusions into OPM’s computer networks, the agency is updating its Frequently Asked Questions feature as new information becomes available. We are also making updates as new questions come to us from the agencies, Federal employee labor unions, the Chief Human Capital Officers, Federal employees and other interested parties. We hope to deliver the information you need, as quickly as possible.

  • Update on Cybersecurity IncidentsJun 15, 2015

    In the course of the ongoing investigation into the cyber intrusion that compromised personnel records of current and former Federal employees (announced June 4), we discovered that additional OPM systems were compromised. These systems contain information related to background investigations. OPM, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are working as part of an ongoing investigation to determine the number of people affected by this separate intrusion. OPM will notify those individuals whose information may have been compromised as soon as practicable.

  • OPM to Notify Employees of Cybersecurity IncidentJun 4, 2015

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has identified a cybersecurity incident potentially affecting personnel data for current and former federal employees, including personally identifiable information (PII).

  • OPM Responds to CyberattackJun 4, 2015

    OPM recently became aware of a cybersecurity incident affecting its data that may have compromised the personal information of current and former Federal employees. OPM discovered the problem as a result of increased security measures added to its network in recent months. You can also find frequently asked questions here.

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May 2015

  • Agencies Release Guide on LGBT Discrimination Protections for Federal WorkersJun 3, 2015

    Washington, DC - Today, four Federal Government agencies with roles in ensuring fairness in the federal workplace released a guide on the rights and processes available to applicants and employees who allege sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination.

  • Celebrating Every Member of our Federal FamilyJun 3, 2015

    As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, I want to proudly reinforce my continued commitment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of our Federal family, and recognize the incredible contributions this community has made in service to the American people.

  • Innovation in Training at OPMMay 26, 2015

    At OPM, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to provide meaningful training opportunities for the Federal workforce. When we decided to offer our first-ever Virtual HR Training Conference, the idea was to give employees a great opportunity for learning that was also affordable in today’s tight budgets.

  • An Admiral's Call to ActionMay 21, 2015

    As we celebrate Memorial Day with family and friends, I’d like to take this opportunity to pause and remember those who have fallen in service to their country. During my 33 years in the United States Navy, I lost friends and comrades. So this day serves as a special reminder to me that we honor their memories through our own service to our country.

  • OPM's Lab Leading Government InnovationMay 21, 2015

    Our Federal workforce is talented, passionate, and creative. To harness this spirit of ingenuity, we created the Lab@OPM to help agencies translate the creativity of their employees into innovative action. A recent project with Food and Nutrition Services at the United States Department of Agriculture shows how the Lab@OPM can bring fresh ideas to life.

  • Engaging Leaders in the City by the BayMay 18, 2015

    I was honored to take part in a roundtable discussion with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders while visiting San Francisco this past week. As I mentioned earlier this month, AAPI Heritage Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate the growing AAPI population in the United States.

  • Inspiring New Talent in Washington StateMay 15, 2015

    During my visit to the West Coast this week, I had the pleasure of speaking with the attendees of OPM’s Federal Internships and Career Expo in Seattle. This event was the first of its kind. I’m thrilled that OPM was able to co-host the expo with the Federal Executive Board and the University of Washington.

  • OPM Announces Rollout of 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint SurveyMay 14, 2015

    OPM has issued the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

  • Four Reasons to Take the SurveyMay 14, 2015

    Real change in the workplace comes from the bottom up. Each employee has important feedback to give and now is the time for your voice to be heard. The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey provides senior leaders and managers with data that shows what works well and what needs to be improved within each agency.

  • Continuing the Celebration of ServiceMay 8, 2015

    As one of my favorite weeks of the year comes to a close, I’d like to reflect on how we honored our incredible Federal employees through Public Service Recognition Week. One of my goals as OPM Director is to make sure we recognize our Federal workforce each and every day.

  • Remarks by OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaMay 7, 2015

    View remarks given by OPM Director Katherine Archuleta at the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Civilian Awards Dinner.

  • Celebrating America's WorkforceMay 4, 2015

    Federal service is public service. That’s easy to forget sometimes because so much of what Federal employees do goes on behind the scenes. But America’s workforce affects every American every day.

  • Let's Celebrate AAPI Month in MayMay 2, 2015

    From Japan to India to Samoa, and from Indonesia to Hawaii, Asian American and Pacific Islanders represent the diversity and traditions that enrich our collective cultural and political heritage. May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and this year’s theme is APA Everywhere.

  • Prepare-A-Thon 2015May 1, 2015

    Be prepared. That may sound like an overused slogan. But as OPM Director, it is my job to make sure that our Federal workforce is fully prepared to continue to serve the American people even during an emergency, whether it’s a man-made or a natural disaster.

  • The Incredible Generosity of the Federal WorkforceMay 1, 2015

    Child adoptions. Free mammograms. Disaster relief. Food donations. These are just a few of the many efforts that are supported by the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) program because of the generosity of Federal employees.

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April 2015

  • Federal Green ChallengeApr 29, 2015

    I celebrated Earth Day last week by talking about my love for our national parks. Here at OPM, we know how vital it is to protect our environment each and every day. So I am proud to share that the Environmental Protection Agency has chosen the Office of Personnel Management as a recipient of a Federal Green Challenge Award for our dramatic reduction of water consumption at OPM headquarters in Washington, D.C.

  • How Do You #HonorTheOath?Apr 27, 2015

    As the celebration of Public Service Recognition Week quickly approaches, I’d like to tell you about an exciting opportunity for you to connect with fellow Federal employees that could possibly land you a spot next to me on the field at Nationals Park!

  • Honoring Women VeteransApr 23, 2015

    It’s inspiring to see that after serving their country nobly in the armed forces, so many women and men veterans choose to continue working for the American people through Federal civil service. The President has made increasing the hiring of veterans, and particularly women veterans, a top priority

  • Sharing My Favorite Place on Earth (Day)Apr 22, 2015

    Some of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders can be found in our great nation. From the majestic Niagara Falls in New York to the Florida Everglades to the stunning glaciers of Alaska, our country is full of natural treasures.

  • Agreement between OPM and Champlain College Expands Affordable Learning Opportunities for Federal Employees and Their FamiliesApr 20, 2015

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Champlain College have entered into an agreement enabling Federal employees, their spouses, and qualifying adult family members to pursue affordable, online post-secondary education in high-demand business, health care and technology fields.

  • A New Educational AllianceApr 20, 2015

    We know from OPM’s research that Federal employees are well educated and many hold multiple college and university degrees. They love to learn and often don’t consider their educations complete just because they work for the Federal Government. That is why I am excited to announce a new educational partnership for our workforce.

  • A Workplace Flexibilities Guide for Working FamiliesApr 16, 2015

    In his memorandum for modernizing Federal leave, the President wrote, “Men and women both need time to care for their families and should have access to workplace flexibilities that help them succeed at work and at home.

  • Leave the Way You Came InApr 11, 2015

    Rarely do we stay in the same job for our entire careers. A cornerstone of career development is finding new challenges that will give us new skills, new experiences. So it’s inevitable that, at some point, you will have to tell your boss that it’s time for you to move on. As you prepare to have that conversation, I have one key piece of advice I hope you’ll take to heart – leave your job the way you came in.

  • Register Today! OPM’s 2015 Virtual HR Training ConferenceApr 9, 2015

    Last day to register is Friday, April 10. This interactive virtual human resources training conference is April 15 and 16. The conference’s theme is REDI for the Future. REDI stands for Recruitment, Engagement, Diversity, and Inclusion. The conference features more than 40 sessions in tracks that break down the essential core competencies HR professionals need. Any federal HR Specialist, federal manager or federal employee can attend. Register today!

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March 2015

  • Ensuring Women Have a Seat at Every TableMar 31, 2015

    I am excited today to release an insightful report on Women in Federal Service, which draws on OPM’s deep reservoir of data to shine a light on opportunities for women in Federal service. One of my top priorities as Director of OPM is to make sure women have a seat at every decision table.

  • Register for OPM's 2015 Virtual HR Training ConferenceMar 24, 2015

    One of the President’s highest management priorities is to make sure that all Federal employees have access to effective training. One way that OPM and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council are working together to support this priority is by sponsoring an interactive virtual human resources training conference on April 15 and 16.

  • The President’s Council on Veterans Employment Announces Increase in Veterans Hiring in FY 2014Mar 23, 2015

    Washington, DC – In the more than five years since President Obama established the Veterans Employment Initiative, there have been steady increases each year in the percentage of veterans hired into the Federal civilian service.

  • Meeting the Needs of Women in the WorkplaceMar 19, 2015

    As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I want to highlight OPM’s commitment to ensuring that all women -- and men -- are offered the flexibilities they need to be productive, satisfied members of the Federal workforce. OPM encourages agencies to help their employees balance the needs of their lives inside and outside of work.

  • Remarks by Admiral Earl L. Gay: AHIP/OPM FEHB Carrier ConferenceMar 19, 2015

    View remarks given by Admiral Earl L. Gay, senior advisor to OPM Director Archuleta, at the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)/OPM FEHB Carrier Conference in Arlington, Virginia.

  • National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations Meeting - March 18, 2015Mar 17, 2015

    The National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations meeting will be held on March 18, 2015, at the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Headquarters, 80 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. This meeting is open to the public.

  • Remarks by OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaMar 16, 2015

    View remarks given by OPM Director Katherine Archuleta at the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ Women’s History Month event in Washington, DC.

  • Building Inclusive Diversity: More Than NumbersMar 13, 2015

    My passion for building a Federal workforce that looks like the America we serve is not just about numbers. It is about the American people benefiting from the talent, the wisdom, the experience, and the insights of people from every community in this great country. We need that diversity at every level and at every decision table.

  • Reaching out to Native American Youth in KansasMar 12, 2015

    As I work to make sure that our Federal workforce looks like the country it serves, I am dedicated to engaging Native Americans, especially Native youth.

  • OPM Releases Recruitment, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) RoadmapMar 9, 2015

    OPM released the new REDI Roadmap.

  • A Look Inside the REDI RoadmapMar 9, 2015

    I’m excited to share with you today the details of OPM’s comprehensive strategy to help the Federal government attract, develop, and retain a talented, engaged, and diverse workforce. We call this effort our REDI Roadmap – our roadmap to better Recruitment, Engagement, Diversity, and Inclusion.

  • Join Director Archuleta Today 2 p.m. (ET) for the REDI Kickoff EventMar 9, 2015

    OPM previews a new roadmap for America's Workforce. Join OPM Director Archuleta at 2 p.m. (ET) today to get a preview of OPM’s Recruitment, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Roadmap--designed to make sure we are using the latest data-driven expertise, social media tools, and collaborative thinking to continue to build, develop, and retain a purpose-driven workforce now, and for years to come.

  • Mother Knows BestMar 8, 2015

    I don’t think that I am very different from other women in looking to my mother as one of the most important influences in my life. She had an especially large influence on how I developed throughout my career because of the example she set, because of how she lived her life. Her guiding principles not only shaped me, they continue to be the compass for my own family and career choices.

  • Selma: A Lasting LegacyMar 7, 2015

    As I reflect on the bravery and commitment of the Americans who marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years ago, I think about how far we have come as a Federal workforce in championing the values of justice, of equality, and of fairness.

  • March 6, 2015 Operating StatusMar 6, 2015

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN under 2 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.

  • March 5, 2015 Operating StatusMar 5, 2015

    FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC area are CLOSED. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency's policies, including written telework agreements.

  • March 3, 2015 Operating StatusMar 3, 2015

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN and employees have the OPTION for UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK.

  • March 2, 2015 Operating StatusMar 2, 2015

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN under 2 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.

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February 2015

  • Two Feds We Are Proud to Call ColleaguesFeb 27, 2015

    As we recognize the contributions of African-Americans during Black History Month, I want to take a moment to reflect on two outstanding Federal law enforcement leaders: Omar Perez Aybar and Reginald J. France of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General.

  • February 26, 2015 Operating StatusFeb 26, 2015

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN under 2 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.

  • February 18, 2015 Operating StatusFeb 17, 2015

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN and employees have the OPTION for UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK.

  • February 17, 2015 Operating StatusFeb 16, 2015

    FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC area are CLOSED. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency's policies, including written telework agreements.

  • President's Day: Celebrating Public ServiceFeb 16, 2015

    As the nation pauses on Monday to celebrate President’s Day, I thought I’d share with you some interesting stories about the public service roles that presidents have had before reaching the White House. Public service truly was a calling for many of those who attained our nation’s highest office.

  • Another Incredible #GetCovered MobilizationFeb 14, 2015

    Today, I visited Tampa, Florida to join in the final effort to enroll people in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. During this open enrollment period, I’ve visited nine communities to talk with people about the importance of getting affordable, quality health care coverage for themselves, their families, their friends, and their neighbors.

  • Introducing the REDI RoadmapFeb 12, 2015

    Since becoming the Director of OPM 15 months ago, I have made it a priority to travel the country meeting Federal employees, educators, students, and stakeholders. I set out to learn what the agency could do to better serve its customers – the hard-working executive agencies of the Federal Government and their equally hard-working employees. I have been inspired by the stories, questions, and thoughts of the people I’ve met. These conversations inspired me and my team to create OPM’s new Recruitment, Engagement, Diversity, and Inclusion Roadmap.

  • Notice to Agencies: Employer Shared Responsibility Reporting GuidanceFeb 12, 2015

    As part of OPM’s role as administrator of the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, OPM is providing guidance to agencies on how to report information on their employees’ access to health coverage to the IRS.

  • Only one more week to enroll in HealthCare.govFeb 6, 2015

    Tell your friends and family! As the February 15 enrollment deadline approaches, we hope you will talk to your uninsured friends and family members about HealthCare.gov and the Health Insurance Marketplace. There’s only one week left–-if every Federal employee talks to just one person about the Marketplace, millions of people will be better informed about the affordable, quality health insurance options available on HealthCare.gov.

  • Honoring African American History-Makers This MonthFeb 3, 2015

    Each February, our nation pauses to recognize the countless contributions African Americans have made throughout our history. They have helped shape the fabric of our society, our culture, and our growth as a country.

  • The First 90 Days: Four Tips for Success in a New JobFeb 2, 2015

    The first three months in a new job can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Whether you’re entering the workforce as an assistant or as a senior leader, you’ll want to make a strong first impression. It’s a time to start fresh, with new opportunities and challenges.

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January 2015

  • Prepare, Present, and ServeJan 28, 2015

    One of the things I love most about my job as the Director of the Office of Personnel Management is the variety and complexity of the work we do to serve the American people.

  • January 27, 2015 Operating StatusJan 27, 2015

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN under 2 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.

  • January 26, 2015 Operating StatusJan 26, 2015

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN and employees have the OPTION for UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK.

  • Three Weeks Left to #GetCoveredJan 23, 2015

    The second open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act ends on February 15. These next three weeks are critical if we are to get as many still uninsured Americans as possible signed up for quality and affordable health care.

  • January 21, 2015 Operating StatusJan 21, 2015

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN and employees have the OPTION for UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK.

  • Honor MLK with a Day On, Not a Day Off Jan 15, 2015

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a strong believer in service to others and to our nation. That is why every January, in honor of his birthday, hundreds of thousands of Americans come together for a National Day of Service to recognize Dr. King’s life and legacy.

  • January 14, 2015 Operating StatusJan 14, 2015

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN and employees have the OPTION for UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK.

  • January 21, 2015 National Labor-Management Council Meeting CancelledJan 13, 2015

    The meeting scheduled for January 21, 2015 has been cancelled.

  • January 12, 2015 Operating StatusJan 11, 2015

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN under 2 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.

  • Retirement Questions? Check Out Services OnlineJan 10, 2015

    At OPM, our Retirement Services staff works hard each and every day to provide the best customer service we can to our Federal retirees and their families. I know that as tax season approaches and the new cost of living increases take effect, many of our annuitants have questions.

  • January 6, 2015 Operating StatusJan 6, 2015

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN and employees have the OPTION for UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK.

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