Katherine Archuleta

  • OPM, GSA combine forces for new take on training contract

    The General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management sign an agreement to co-manage the new training and management assistance contract. GSA will handle the acquisition facets, and OPM will oversee requirements and services part of the contract that could be worth billions of dollars.

  • OPM amends CFC rule to streamline donor process, improve transparency

    The Office of Personnel Management published a final rule to amend the of regulations of the Combined Federal Campaign. The changes make it easier for federal employees to contribute to the charities of their choice and increase transparency of the donor process.

  • OPM to begin survey of feds later this month

    The Office of Personnel Management is preparing to take the temperature of the federal workforce. The annual survey tracking federal workers’ job satisfaction across an array of factors will be sent to employees later this month, according to a memo to agency heads from OPM Director Katherine Archuleta.

  • Pay gap shrinks between female and male feds

    Female federal employees earn on average 87 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts, according to a new review from the Office of Personnel Management. Still, the pay gap between men and women in the white-collar federal workforce has dropped significantly over the past 20 years. And across many individual occupations and grades, men and women now earn comparable levels of pay, according to OPM’s new report. OPM’s review found much of the continued pay disparity between male and female feds can be explained by their presence in different occupational categories.

  • Retirement backlog shrinks for first time this year

    Thanks to better than expected progress in processing federal retirement claims last month, the Office of Personnel Management’s backlog of pending claims is shrinking for the first time this year. By the end of March, the number of backlogged claims shrank from more than 23,500 claims to about 18,500.

  • OPM wants to keep FEHBP premium increases ‘in check’

    Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta says she wants to keep premium increases for federal employees’ health coverage “in check.” In a keynote speech at the annual FEHB Program Carrier Conference in Arlington, Va., Thursday Archuleta also called on insurance carriers to make prescription drugs more affordable and urged more federal employees to sign up for wellness programs.

  • OPM’s focus in hiring reform shifting from speed to quality

    The Office of Personnel Management is making tweaks to how agencies report time-to-hire data. But experts who spoke to Federal News Radio say they don’t think OPM is giving up on the idea of improving the federal hiring process. Instead, they say, it appears OPM may be shifting its focus to measuring the quality of new federal hires.

  • GOP lawmakers seek updated ‘official time’ report

    Two Republican members of the House want to know how many hours federal employees are spending on union-related business while on the job. Reps. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) and Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) wrote to Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta urging the agency to release updated data on employees’ use of “official time.” The most recent year for which data is available is from 2011.

  • Unions hope new tools will help labor-management forums be more effective

    The National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations is getting ready to launch new tools to help partnerships between agency management and federal-employee unions better measure their effectiveness. A handful of agencies are months late in compiling metrics on the use and effectiveness of the forums, according to a report presented at a meeting of the labor-management council Wednesday. Unions are frustrated with the haphazard data collection.

  • White House backs 13 recommendations to improve security clearance process

    Six months after 34-year-old IT contractor Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard killing 12 people, concerns about missed red flags in his background and gaps in the security clearance process are now turning into action. The Obama administration released the findings of a interagency review of the federal security clearance process Tuesday. Among the 13 recommendations for shoring up the system are continuously evaluating clearance holders rather than relying on infrequent check-ups and improving investigators’ access to state and local police records.