The Office of Personnel Management says it's spent the past eight years working within the confines of current laws and regulations to modernize the federal personnel system and help agencies better recruit, hire and retain talented employees. But as the Obama administration winds down, OPM suggested that future administrations should more seriously discuss reform to those civil service regulations.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order authorizing a 2.1 percent pay parity for civilian employees in 2017. This order supersedes the one he signed back in November, which authorized a smaller raise for federal employees.
With the final release of the long-awaited federal HR policy rewrite, agencies will see shorter future Federal Employee Viewpoint Surveys and fewer human capital management reporting requirements.
As 2016 wraps up, here's a look back at the best photo galleries from each month.
President Barack Obama and senior administration leaders celebrated the achievements from the federal workforce over the past eight years. In his final days in office, Obama asked federal employees to think back to the moment they decided to join public service and encouraged them to continue their work as his administration leaves and another takes its place.
The Office of Personnel Management issued a memo Dec. 2 detailing the government’s plans for federal workers during the week of Jan. 16.
Acting Office of Personnel Management Director Beth Cobert said agencies should include merit system principles, the rules and procedures that ensure objectivity in the federal hiring process, as an incentive for the top talent they want to attract.
The White House hosts agency leaders to develop concrete, actionable ideas on developing a more diverse, inclusive federal workforce.
The Office of Personnel Management is behind on its background security checks and retirement claims processing for fiscal 2016. In the agency's financial report, OPM acting Director Beth Cobert pledges a continued effort to make up the difference through a variety of efforts like new contracts and using electronic records.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked the Government Accountability Office to review potential conflicts of interest, possible violations of security protocol and issues of transparency and logistics of President-elect Donald Trump's transition. Meanwhile, two other lawmakers are once again raising concerns about the potential for political appointees to "burrow in" to career positions.
Agencies have gotten approval from the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management raise spending caps slightly on performance awards and bonuses for all non-Senior Executive Service employees in fiscal 2017. Agencies can now spend up to 1.5 percent of the aggregate salaries for those employees at the end of the fiscal year.
The percentage of the federal workforce eligible to telework remained unchanged between fiscal 2014 and 2015, but more workers could be eligible to use the program, the Office of Personnel Management said. About 46 percent of eligible employees participated in the program in 2015, a bump over the previous year's rate.
About 4,000 political appointees will leave the Obama administration in the next nine weeks. While conversations over policy, budget and organizational structure will take center stage, questions about your pay and benefits may not. Federal News Radio reviewed the Office of Personnel Management's transition guide in search of the answers.
Agencies hired 6,000 more veterans in fiscal 2015 than in the previous year, according to a new report on veterans hiring in the federal workforce from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM says the positive numbers are the result of the Veterans Employment Initiative, which President Barack Obama began in 2009.