What's New2015-07-24T00:00:00-04:00U.S. Office of Personnel Managementhttp://firstname.lastname@example.org://www.opm.gov/rss/whats-new/Keeping You Informed on Cybersecurityhttps://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2015/7/24/Keeping-You-Informed-on-Cybersecurity/2015-07-24T00:00:00-04:00It’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 Threatshttps://www.opm.gov/news/releases/2015/07/opm-announces-steps-to-protect-federal-workers-and-others-from-cyber-threats/2015-07-09T00:00:00-04:00WASHINGTON, D.New Information about Background Investigation Cyberintrusionhttp://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2015/7/9/New-Information-about-Background-Investigation-Cyberintrusion/2015-07-09T00:00:00-04:00Today, 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.OPM Notifies Agencies of Temporary Suspension of E-QIP Systemhttps://www.opm.gov/news/releases/2015/06/opm-notifies-agencies-of-temporary-suspension-of-e-qip-system/2015-06-29T00:00:00-04:00WASHINGTON, D.Strengthening our IT Security Posturehttps://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2015/6/29/Strengthening-our-IT-Security-Posture/2015-06-29T00:00:00-04:00As 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 Reporthttp://www.opm.gov/news/latest-news/announcements/2015-06-24T00:00:00-04:00OPM 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 Cybercrimehttps://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2015/6/23/How-OPM-is-Tackling-Cybercrime2015-06-23T00:00:00-04:00As 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 Cybersecurityhttp://www.opm.gov/news/latest-news/announcements/2015-06-18T00:00:00-04:00During 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 Incidentshttp://www.opm.gov/news/latest-news/announcements/2015-06-15T00:00:00-04:00In 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 Incidenthttps://www.opm.gov/news/releases/2015/06/opm-to-notify-employees-of-cybersecurity-incident/2015-06-04T00:00:00-04:00WASHINGTON, DC – The U.OPM Responds to Cyberattackhttp://www.opm.gov/news/latest-news/announcements/2015-06-04T00:00:00-04:00OPM 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.Agencies Release Guide on LGBT Discrimination Protections for Federal Workershttps://www.opm.gov/news/releases/2015/05/agencies-release-guide-on-lgbt-discrimination-protections-for-federal-workers/2015-06-03T00:00:00-04:00Washington, 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 Familyhttps://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2015/6/3/Celebrating-Every-Member-of-our-Federal-Family2015-06-03T00:00:00-04:00As 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 OPMhttps://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2015/5/26/Innovation-in-Training-at-OPM/2015-05-26T00:00:00-04:00At 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 Actionhttps://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2015/5/21/An-Admirals-Call-to-Action/2015-05-21T00:00:00-04:00As 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 Innovationhttp://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2015/5/21/OPMs-Lab-Leading-Government-Innovation/2015-05-21T00:00:00-04:00Our 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 Bayhttp://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2015/5/18/Engaging-Leaders-in-the-City-by-the-Bay/2015-05-18T00:00:00-04:00I 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 Statehttp://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2015/5/15/Inspiring-New-Talent-in-Washington-State/2015-05-15T00:00:00-04:00During 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 Surveyhttps://www.opm.gov/news/releases/2015/05/fevs-launch-2015-1/2015-05-14T00:00:00-04:00WASHINGTON, DC – The U.Four Reasons to Take the Surveyhttp://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2015/5/14/Four-Reasons-to-Take-the-Survey/2015-05-14T00:00:00-04:00Real 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 Servicehttps://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2015/5/8/Continuing-the-Celebration-of-Service/2015-05-08T00:00:00-04:00As 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 Archuletahttp://www.opm.gov/news/speeches-remarks/fapac-civilian-award-dinner/2015-05-07T00:00:00-04:00View remarks given by OPM Director Katherine Archuleta at the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Civilian Awards Dinner.Celebrating America's Workforcehttps://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2015/5/4/Celebrating-Americas-Workforce/2015-05-04T00:00:00-04:00Federal 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 Mayhttps://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2015/5/2/Lets-Celebrate-AAPI-Month-in-May/2015-05-02T00:00:00-04:00From 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 2015https://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2015/5/1/Prepare-A-Thon-2015/2015-05-01T00:00:00-04:00Be 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.