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2016 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC

On Thursday, March 31 through Friday, April 1, 2016, President Obama will welcome world leaders from more than 50 nations and four international organizations at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC.  This historical event will be one of the world’s largest gatherings of Heads of State and is designed to enhance international cooperation to prevent nuclear terrorism.  For more information on the summit, see www.nss2016.org. 

Mission Critical Occupation Resource Charts Guidance and Submission Instructions

Federal Human Capital (HC) Management is at a pivotal point for how it supports agency missions.

Emergency Hiring Situation Resulting from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma

To address Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma recovery efforts, you may have an immediate need to hire additional staff. Therefore, you are authorized to make excepted appointments under 5 CFR 213.3102(i)(3), on a temporary basis for up to 1 year, to hire individuals who will be directly involved with the recovery and relief efforts associated with Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma.  These appointments may be extended in increments up to 1 year. 

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in partnership with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy, urges all Federal employees to participate in the National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Individuals wishing to dispose of their medications can find a collection location at: www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.

New Back Pay Interest Calculator

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is pleased to announce the release of a new back pay interest calculator to assist agencies with the computation of back pay awards and interest payments.  The new calculator can be found at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/back-pay-calculator/.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, October 28, 2017

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in partnership with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the Office of National Drug Control Policy, invites all Federal employees and their friends and families to participate in the National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Closing Skills Gaps: Strategy, Reporting and Monitoring

The U.S.Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in partnership with the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council, recently revalidated the need to continue working to close skills gaps within the following Governmentwide high-risk mission critical occupations (MCO):  (0110) Economist, (0201) HR Specialist, (0511) Auditor, (1102) Acquisition, Cybersecurity and the STEM functional area.

Issuance of OPM’s Supervisory Training Program Survey

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announces the issuance of OPM’s Supervisory Training Program Survey.  This web-based survey, and future stakeholder focus group sessions, are in response to the U.S.

Excelsior College Alliance Offers Federal Employees, their Spouses and Domestic Partners Reduced Tuition Rates to Pursue Post-Secondary Education

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) mission is to recruit, retain and honor a world-class workforce to serve the American people.  OPM and Excelsior College have entered into an agreement as part of OPM’s continued effort to close skills gaps, increase Federal employees' access to high quality, affordable educational resources, and further develop and sustain the Federal workforce. 

National Work & Family Month

This memorandum provides an overview of our progress towards more effective, flexible work environments, in celebration of National Work & Family Month (October) and in support of the June 23, 2014 Presidential Memo

Impact of the Metro SafeTrack Project on Washington, DC, Area Federal Employees

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has announced it will implement a SafeTrack maintenance plan to address safety recommendations and rehabilitate the Metrorail system to improve safety and reliability.  WMATA’s plan will include continuous single tracking on certain segments of the rail system for several weeks, as well as shutting down segments entirely for up to several weeks.  This will be in addition to intensive weeknight and weekend track work, which will include the closure of the system at midnight on weekends.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in partnership with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy, urges all Federal employees to participate in the National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Individuals wishing to dispose of their medications can find a collection location at: www.DEAdiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.

Implementing Policy Guidance for the Competitive Service Act (Shared Certificates)

On March 18, 2016, the Competitive Service Act of 2015 was enacted as Public Law 114-137.  The Act allows an appointing authority (i.e., the head of a Federal agency or department) to share a competitive certificate issued under delegated examining procedures with one or more appointing authorities (at different departments or agencies) to make an appointment to a position that is in the same occupational series, grade level (or equivalent), full performance level, and duty location during the 240-day period beginning on the date of issuance of the certificate of eligibles. 

Central Michigan University Alliance Offers Federal Employees, their Spouses and Dependents Reduced Tuition Rates to Pursue Post-Secondary Education

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) mission is to recruit, retain and honor a world-class workforce to serve the American people.

Governmentwide Assessment of Federal Work-Life Programs

I am pleased to announce that the U.S.

Pay and Leave for Employees Affected by the Lapse in Appropriations and Continued Pay Freeze for Certain Senior Political Officials


The President has signed legislation restoring appropriations through February 8, 2018, or the date of enactment of specified appropriations legislation.  (See section 2001 of Division B of H.R. 195, enacted on January 22, 2018.)  This memorandum provides guidance on the effect of this legislation on certain Federal employee pay and leave benefits.

Penn State World Campus Agreement Offers Federal Employees, their Spouses and Legal Dependents Reduced Tuition Rates to Pursue Post-Secondary Education

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) mission is to recruit, retain and honor a world-class workforce to serve the American people.  OPM and Penn State World Campus have entered into an agreement as part of OPM’s continued effort to close skills gaps, increase Federal employees' access to high-quality, affordable educational resources, and further develop and sustain the Federal workforce. 

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Offers Federal Employees and/or their legal Spouses a Federal Employee Grant to Pursue Postgraduate Education

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) mission is to recruit, retain and honor a world-class workforce to serve the American people.

Pay for Employees Affected by the Lapse in Appropriations and Continued Pay Freeze for Certain Senior Political Officials

The President has signed legislation restoring appropriations through March 23, 2018, or the date of enactment of specified appropriations legislation, and further amending the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018.

National Security Professional Development (NSPD) Interagency Personnel Rotations Program Guidance on Strong Preference

In order to support the implementation of the NSPD Interagency Personnel Rotations Program, The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing the attached guidance on providing preference to employees who completed the program when they apply to senior level positions.  This guidance is to assist participating agencies in meeting the requirement mandated by section 1107(e) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. 

If you have any questions, please contact Veronica Villalobos at Veronica.Villalobos@opm.gov.

Policy guidance on Executive Orders – Noncompetitive Appointment in the Competitive Service for Certain State Department Student Scholarship Programs and Certain Employees of the Foreign Service

On November 29, 2016, President Barack Obama signed Executive Orders (EO) providing for noncompetitive appointment in the competitive service for certain participants in the State Department Student Scholarship Programs and certain employees of the Foreign Service.  These EOs provide alumni of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Benjamin A.

Fiscal Year 2017 Federal Executive Board National Network Annual Report

It is my pleasure to share with you the attached Fiscal Year 2017 Federal Executive Board National Network Annual Report. 

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