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As we begin the 2015-2016 winter season, the U.S.

Training to Combat Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking in the Workplace

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) are pleased to announce the release of a newly-developed training course entitled “Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking in the Workplace.”  This course is available to all agencies at no cost on HR University (http://hru.gov/Course_Catalog.aspx?cid=231&mgr=false). 

Guidance on Awards for SES and SL/ST employees for Fiscal Year 2017

As required by Executive Order (EO) 13714, – “Strengthening the Senior Executive Service (SES)” (

Fiscal Year 2018 Prevailing Rate Pay Adjustments

Division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (the fiscal year 2017 Act), contains two provisions that affect the determination of pay adjustments for certain prevailing rate (wage) employees.  The Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018, extends into FY 2018 the two provisions of the FY 2017 Act.

January 2016 Pay Adjustments

The President has signed an Executive order to implement the January 2016 pay adjustments.  (See Attachment 1.)  The Executive order authorizes a 1 percent across-the-board increase for statutory pay systems and locality pay increases costing approximately 0.3 percent of basic payroll, reflecting an overall average pay increase of 1.3 percent.

Human Resources Flexibilities and Authorities for Federal Employees Affected by the Zika Virus

The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus to be a “public health emergency of international concern” (www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2016/emergency-committee-zika-microcephaly/en/).

Update to Fiscal Year 2017 Prevailing Rate Pay Adjustments

On December 27, 2016, Compensation Policy Memorandum (CPM) 2016-22 notified you that Division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Act), contains two provisions that affect the determination of pay adjustments for certain prevailing rate (wage) employees and that the Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017 (the FY 2017 Act), extends into FY 2017 the two provisions of the FY 2016 Act.

Emergency Leave Transfer for Federal Employees Adversely Affected by the California Wildfires December 2017

Recent California wildfires have destroyed thousands of structures, which has led to evacuation warnings and mandatory evacuations in certain areas.  As the wildfires continue to expand, agencies have asked whether employees affected by the California wildfires that began in December 2017 can participate in the emergency leave transfer program (ELTP) for the California wildfires established in October of this year.  The U.S.

2015 Annual Review of Special Rates (Results)

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducts an annual review of special rates established under 5 U.S.C. 5305 to determine the disposition of special rate schedules when General Schedule (GS) pay is adjusted under 5 U.S.C.

Excused Absence for Voting

This memorandum provides agencies with information on the Federal Government’s longstanding policy of granting employees limited time off from work (i.e., excused absence) to vote in Federal, State, county, or municipal elections, or in referendums on any civic matter in their community.  The head of each agency (or his or her designee) has discretion to grant excused absence in limited circumstances under his or her broad authority to govern, unless otherwise prohibited by law.  Agencies have discretionary authority to grant excused absence to

Senior Executive Service (SES) and Senior Level (SL) and Scientific and Professional (ST) Performance Appraisal System Certification Reference Guide

To support agencies in designing, implementing and applying Senior Executive Service (SES) and Senior Level (SL) and Scientific and Professional (ST) performance appraisal systems that hold SES members and SL/ST employees

Fiscal Year 2016 Prevailing Rate Pay Adjustments

Division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, contains provisions affecting the determination of pay adjustments for certain prevailing rate (wage) employees in fiscal year 2016.  Section 737(a) provides that pay increases for certain prevailing rate employees in FY 2016 may not exceed 1.37 percent—the sum of the January 2016 General Schedule (GS) across-the-board percentage adjustment and the difference between the overall average percentage locality payments for

Responding to Incidents of Societal Tension and Unrest

This memorandum identifies important actions recommended by the Diversity and Inclusion in Government Council (DIG) that Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies can take to help employees positively cope with stress that can occur as a result of incidents of societal tension that have a racial, or other identity consideration. During a July 2016 Convening on Racial Justice following the incidents of summer 2016 surfacing racial unrest, participants shared important actions taken by members of the Cabinet and Agency Heads to quickly address the needs of employees.

Special Solicitation for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

On Friday, August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast. By Monday morning, many buildings and homes in Port Aransas and Rockport and throughout the region were destroyed; many parts of Houston and coastal Texas are under water; thousands have been displaced; and multiple people have lost their lives. The National Weather Service predicts Hurricane Harvey will stay in the area and regain strength. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) declares, "This is still a dangerous storm."

Pay-Related Legislative Changes in the National Defense Authorization Act, FY 2018

This is to inform you of several legislative changes and extensions affecting Federal employee pay and certain benefits.  The changes resulting from the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 (Public Law 115-91, December 12, 2017) are summarized below.

Section 611 – Reserve Income Replacement Program 

Performance Management Guidance for End-of-Fiscal Year 2015 and Beginning-of-Fiscal Year 2016 Activities

As we enter Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, I would like to provide some helpful information on performance management, as many agencies are concluding performance appraisal periods and planning for the next performance cycle.  Attached to this memorandum are guidance and reminders for agencies on performance management, including involving employees in crucial performance management activities.

Emergency Leave Transfer for Federal Employees Adversely Affected by Hurricane Harvey

In the event of a major disaster or emergency as declared by the President that results in severe adverse effects for a substantial number of Federal employees, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in consultation with the U.S.

Update to Fiscal Year 2018 Prevailing Rate Pay Adjustments

On December 22, 2017, Compensation Policy Memorandum (CPM) 2017-20 notified all agencies that Division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Act), contains two provisions that affect the determination of pay adjustments for certain prevailing rate (wage) employees and that the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 (the FY 2018 Act), extends into FY 2018 the two provisions of the FY 2017 Act. 

Emergency Leave Transfer for Federal Employees Adversely Affected by Hurricane Matthew

In the event of a major disaster or emergency as declared by the President that results in severe adverse effects for a substantial number of employees, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in consultation with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), may establish an emergency leave transfer program (ELTP).  After coordinatin

Special Solicitation for Victims of Hurricane Irma

The previous authority to Department and Agency Heads to allow a special solicitation of Federal employees at the workplace for Hurricane Harvey victims is hereby extended to include  the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and areas in Florida that have been damaged by Hurricane Irma.  As a reminder, this authority is for emergency relief related to both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

Reemployment of civilian retirees under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, as Amended

On December 19, 2014, the President signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA).  Section 1107 of the act amends sections 8344 (l)(7) and 8468 (i)(7) of title 5 to extend retroactively, the expiration date of the dual compensation waiver authority provided by the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2010.  This waiver authority allows the head of an agency to grant their own dual compensation (salary off-set) waivers on a temporary basis under certain specified circumstances.  The authority, as amended, expires on December 31, 2019.  As a rem

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