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December 2015

  • New Cybersecurity Resource Launches Dec 1, 2015

    I’m pleased to report that we have established a verification center to help individuals who have had their information stolen in the malicious cyber intrusion carried out against the Federal Government. This verification center will help those who believe their data may have been taken but have not received a notification letter from the government.

  • Got a #FedBenefits Question? Ask the Experts Dec 3, 2015

    With the December 14 deadline for Federal employees and retirees to make benefit changes quickly approaching, I want to make sure you have all of the answers you need to make the best possible decisions for you and your family. Today at 1:30 p.m. ET, OPM will host a special #FedBenefits Twitter chat.

  • Engaging the Workforce Pays Off Dec 9, 2015

    Of the many things OPM’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) reveals, one thing is clear: The more agencies across government engage and include their employees, the more satisfied, productive, and motivated the workforce becomes.

  • Reaching out to Small Businesses Dec 11, 2015

    On Wednesday, OPM brought its annual small business conference to Morgan State University’s Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management in the heart of Baltimore. There I met Jackie Boone.

  • Want to Work in Space? USAJOBS Can Help Dec 14, 2015

    Have you ever dreamed about going to Mars? Want to spend some time on the International Space Station? With USAJOBS, OPM is helping NASA find the next generation of future astronauts.

  • Unlocking the Full Potential of America's Federal Workforce Dec 15, 2015

    In his December 2014 address to Federal Senior Executives, President Obama said, “We need the best and brightest of the coming generations to serve. Those of us who believe government can and must be a force for good…we’ve got to work hard to make sure that government works.” Today, the President took executive action to attract, develop and retain the best talent needed to continue moving the Government forward in the 21st Century.

  • Behind the Scenes: Changing the Operating Status Dec 16, 2015

    This is the time of year when winter weather can make for a difficult commute, so Federal employees and the public in the Washington, D.C. area look to OPM’s website, mobile app , and social media platforms to check whether we’ve made a change in the operating status.

  • Happy Holidays Dec 23, 2015

    Every day, Federal workers across this great country serve the American people in so many ways. They guard our borders, respond to natural disasters, protect our civil rights, and deliver benefits to citizens of all ages- from children to retirees.

  • CFC Campaign Winding Down Dec 29, 2015

    On this final week of the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign, I want to thank Federal employees all across the government for their generous contributions and campaign pledges, and urge those who have not yet contributed to please consider making a donation.

  • OPM Completes Initial Mailing of Notification Letters to Individuals Impacted by the Theft of Background Investigation Records Dec 11, 2015

    OPM, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), has concluded the initial mailing of letters to roughly 93% of individuals whose Social Security Number and other personal information was stolen in the cyber incident relating to background investigation records.

  • FEHB Open Season Closes With a Record Number of Transactions Processed Dec 22, 2015

    With the closing of this year’s Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program Open Season, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued preliminary numbers for transactions processed. As expected, they indicate that more transactions were made this year than during any other previous year.

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November 2015

  • OPM Director Announces Key New Cyber Advisor Nov 4, 2015

    OPM Acting Director Beth Cobert today announced the appointment of Clifton Triplett as a new senior cyber and information technology advisor.

  • Realizing the Vision for the White House Leadership Development Program Nov 3, 2015

    As part of the President’s Management Agenda, the Administration is focused on developing and unlocking the full potential of the federal workforce to drive greater effectiveness and efficiency within government and better harness taxpayer resources to spur economic growth for the American people.

  • Championing Native Americans in Federal Service Nov 6, 2015

    Championing diversity and inclusion in America’s Federal workforce is critical as we recruit and develop the talent we need to serve the American people. And OPM is working to encourage and help more Native Americans to join the Federal Government.

  • It's Time to Review Your Federal Benefits Nov 9, 2015

    Federal benefits open season is here. Each year we encourage all employees and retirees to review their benefits and make sure that they have plans that work best for them and their families. From today through December 14, employees and retirees can review and update their health, dental, and vision choices. Eligible employees who are not currently enrolled can also select plans for the first time. Retirees not currently enrolled in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Program (FEDVIP) can also select dental and vision plans for the first time during open season.

  • Serving with Honor, Dedication, and Distinction Nov 10, 2015

    On November 11, 2015 our nation will pause to honor, remember and show our gratitude to all the veterans who have served this nation with honor, dedication, and distinction. Throughout this month, as we pay tribute to those who have served and sacrificed, I hope each of us will reflect on their service and sacrifice and will reach out to our nation’s veterans to say thank you.

  • Meet OPM's New Senior Cyber and IT Advisor Nov 23, 2015

    At this critical time as OPM and its government-wide partners work to strengthen the Federal Government’s cybersecurity posture, I’m excited to once again answer the call to public service. Let me tell you a little bit about myself.

  • Giving Thanks by Helping Others Nov 25, 2015

    As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with our loved ones, I want to take a moment to thank each and every Federal employee for their hard work and dedication to serving the American people. I also want them to thank them for their continued support of the Combined Federal Campaign.

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October 2015

  • Notifying Those Impacted by the Recent Cyber Intrusion Oct 1, 2015

    Yesterday, we began mailing notification letters to the individuals whose personal information was stolen in a malicious cyber intrusion carried out against the Federal Government. Impacted individuals will be notified by OPM via U.S. Postal Service mail. Email will not be used.

  • OPM Releases Full FEVS Report for 2015 Oct 6, 2015

    OPM today released the complete FEVS results for 2015. The report contains the scores for the three major indices – employee engagement, overall job satisfaction, and workplace inclusion – plus lots of supporting detail from the survey and the trend lines for individual agencies over the past few years.

  • Meeting the President's Challenge to Hire People with Disabilities Oct 13, 2015

    In 2010, the President laid down a challenge to his Administration: hire 100,000 people with disabilities into the Federal workforce within five years. This was one of the many ways the President has demonstrated his strong commitment to broadening career opportunities for people with disabilities, and I’m happy to report we are making steady progress toward meeting that important goal.

  • Building An Inclusive Workforce Oct 26, 2015

    As we conclude the month-long celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, OPM is releasing its new report on Hispanic employment in the Federal Government. The data shows that we continue to make steady progress in improving the representation of Hispanics in Federal service. The numbers also indicate that agencies that have made the recruitment and retention of Hispanics an important part of hiring and inclusion have shown more progress.

  • Supporting Hiring Excellence Oct 26, 2015

    Hiring is one of a manager’s most important responsibilities. Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to hire many people – at the junior, mid-career, and senior levels – and over time, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to find and hire top talent.

  • Celebrating a Culture of Work-Life Balance and Wellness Oct 30, 2015

    In the Federal Government, we emphasize the importance of work-life flexibilities for attracting, empowering, and retaining a talented and productive workforce. Earlier this month – in celebration of National Work and Family Month – Acting Director Cobert issued a memo on the progress we’ve made across government to improve our use of work-life flexibilities.

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September 2015

  • Guidance for Agencies in D.C. Area During Papal Visit Sep 3, 2015

    OPM released guidance for agencies in the Washington, D.C. area on workplace flexibilities during the Papal visit this month. Agencies are encouraged to give employees maximum workplace flexibilities, especially telework, to alleviate road and public transportation congestion.

  • Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Sep 16, 2015

    Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off this week, with the theme, Hispanic Americans: Energizing Our Nation’s Diversity. As a workforce, we are better when we draw from all segments of society. Hispanics are an integral part of America’s culture and heritage, and this year’s theme encourages us to explore and celebrate that legacy.

  • OPM Encourages Telework During Papal Visit Sep 21, 2015

    Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, D.C. this week is expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors to the city and create traffic congestion across the region. Depending on where your office is located, this could have a significant impact on your commute.

  • Administration's Focus on Engagement Brings Change to HUD Sep 24, 2015

    OPM soon will be releasing the government-wide results of the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS), and I am happy to report that we are seeing some positive trends in the numbers this year, although we still have more work to do. Participation in the survey was up – the response rate was 50 percent, up from 47 percent in 2014 – and employee engagement index scores improved at most agencies.

  • Positive Trend Lines in Employee Engagement and Job Satisfaction Sep 28, 2015

    The results of the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) are in and they show that employees across the Federal Government are more engaged in their workplaces and more satisfied with their jobs than they were a year ago. While there is still plenty of room for improvement, there are signs that the Administration’s focus on employee engagement is beginning to pay dividends for the workforce, and ultimately for our customers, the American people.

  • A Presidential Fellow Tells Her Story Sep 29, 2015

    This is the time of year that I recall with chagrin how I got my start in the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) program. The applications were due, and I applied at the last minute, the day of the deadline. While I do not recommend that strategy, I do, without reservation, recommend the PMF program.

  • OPM, DoD Announce Identity Theft Protection and Credit Monitoring Contract Sep 1, 2015

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. Department of Defense today announced the award of a contract for identity theft protection and credit monitoring services for 21.5 million individuals whose personal information was stolen in one of the largest cybercrimes ever carried out against the United States Government. These services will be provided for three years at no cost to the victims.

  • Statement by OPM Press Secretary Sam Schumach on Background Investigations Incident Sep 23, 2015

    As part of the government’s ongoing work to notify individuals affected by the theft of background investigation records, the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Defense have been analyzing impacted data to verify its quality and completeness.

  • OPM Releases Government-wide FEVS Scores and Sep 28, 2015

    OPM today released the government-wide employee engagement index scores and the global satisfaction index scores from the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

  • Open Season for Federal Health Benefits, Dental and Vision Sep 29, 2015

    OPM today announced premiums for the 2016 Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will rise by an average of 6.4 percent.

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August 2015

  • Benefits Administration Letter (BAL) 15-305 Aug 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.

  • Matching Agencies with Top Talent Aug 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.

  • Improving Hiring for our National Parks Aug 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.

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July 2015

  • New Information about Background Investigation Cyberintrusion Jul 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.

  • Keeping You Informed on Cybersecurity Jul 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 Threats Jul 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.

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June 2015

  • OPM Responds to Cyberattack Jun 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.

  • Update on Cybersecurity Incidents Jun 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.

  • New Frequently Asked Questions on Cybersecurity Jun 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.

  • How OPM is Tackling Cybercrime Jun 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.

  • OPM's Cybersecurity Action Report Jun 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.

  • Strengthening our IT Security Posture Jun 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 to Notify Employees of Cybersecurity Incident Jun 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 Notifies Agencies of Temporary Suspension of E-QIP System Jun 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.

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May 2015

  • OPM Announces Rollout of 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey May 14, 2015

    OPM has issued the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

  • Agencies Release Guide on LGBT Discrimination Protections for Federal Workers Jun 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. The guide is being reissued after more than a decade and has been substantially revised to reflect major developments in the law.

  • Prepare-A-Thon 2015 May 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 Workforce May 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.

  • Let's Celebrate AAPI Month in May May 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.

  • Celebrating America's Workforce May 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.

  • Continuing the Celebration of Service May 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 Archuleta May 7, 2015

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

  • Four Reasons to Take the Survey May 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.

  • Inspiring New Talent in Washington State May 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.

  • Engaging Leaders in the City by the Bay May 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.

  • An Admiral's Call to Action May 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 Innovation May 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.

  • Innovation in Training at OPM May 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.

  • Celebrating Every Member of our Federal Family Jun 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.

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April 2015

  • Agreement between OPM and Champlain College Expands Affordable Learning Opportunities for Federal Employees and Their Families Apr 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.

  • Register Today! OPM’s 2015 Virtual HR Training Conference Apr 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!

  • Leave the Way You Came In Apr 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.

  • A Workplace Flexibilities Guide for Working Families Apr 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.

  • A New Educational Alliance Apr 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.

  • 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.

  • Honoring Women Veterans Apr 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

  • 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!

  • Federal Green Challenge Apr 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.

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March 2015

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

    OPM released the new REDI Roadmap.

  • The President’s Council on Veterans Employment Announces Increase in Veterans Hiring in FY 2014 Mar 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. In FY 2014, the percentage of veteran new hires hit a new high of 33.2 percent, surpassing the previous mark set in FY 2013, when 31 percent of all new Federal civilian hires were veterans.  

  • March 2, 2015 Operating Status Mar 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.

  • March 3, 2015 Operating Status Mar 3, 2015

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

  • March 5, 2015 Operating Status Mar 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 6, 2015 Operating Status Mar 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.

  • A Look Inside the REDI Roadmap Mar 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 Event Mar 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.

  • Selma: A Lasting Legacy Mar 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.

  • Mother Knows Best Mar 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.

  • Reaching out to Native American Youth in Kansas Mar 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.

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

  • Building Inclusive Diversity: More Than Numbers Mar 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.

  • Meeting the Needs of Women in the Workplace Mar 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 OPM Director Katherine Archuleta Mar 16, 2015

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

  • Remarks by Admiral Earl L. Gay: AHIP/OPM FEHB Carrier Conference Mar 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.

  • Register for OPM's 2015 Virtual HR Training Conference Mar 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.

  • Ensuring Women Have a Seat at Every Table Mar 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.

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February 2015

  • The First 90 Days: Four Tips for Success in a New Job Feb 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.

  • Honoring African American History-Makers This Month Feb 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.

  • Only one more week to enroll in Feb 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 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

  • Introducing the REDI Roadmap Feb 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 Guidance Feb 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.

  • Another Incredible #GetCovered Mobilization Feb 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.

  • February 17, 2015 Operating Status Feb 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 Service Feb 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.

  • February 18, 2015 Operating Status Feb 17, 2015

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

  • February 26, 2015 Operating Status Feb 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.

  • Two Feds We Are Proud to Call Colleagues Feb 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.

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January 2015

  • January 6, 2015 Operating Status Jan 6, 2015

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

  • January 12, 2015 Operating Status Jan 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 Online Jan 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 21, 2015 National Labor-Management Council Meeting Cancelled Jan 13, 2015

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

  • January 14, 2015 Operating Status Jan 14, 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 21, 2015 Operating Status Jan 21, 2015

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

  • January 26, 2015 Operating Status Jan 26, 2015

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

  • January 27, 2015 Operating Status Jan 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.

  • Three Weeks Left to #GetCovered Jan 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.

  • Prepare, Present, and Serve Jan 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.

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