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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

Federal Holidays and Human Resources Flexibilities for Employees Located in the Washington, DC, Area during the Week of Inauguration

In January 2017, most Federal employees in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area will have two holidays during the week of Inauguration:  Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Monday, January 16), and Inauguration Day (Friday, January 20).  In addition, Federal employees who work in the downtown Washington, DC, area and its vicinity should expect significant commuting delays and travel disruptions on Wednesday, January 18 and Thursday, January 19 due to extensive road closures, mass transit changes, motorcades, and the establishment of security perimeters. 

Emergency Leave Transfer for Federal Employees Adversely Affected by Hurricane Irma

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.

Washington, DC, Area Dismissal and Closure Procedures

As we begin the 2016-2017 winter season, the U.S.

Human Resources Flexibilities for Hurricane Season

President Donald J. Trump has issued emergency and disaster declarations throughout the Southeastern United States and its territories due to the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  The President has directed Federal agencies to continue supporting State and local efforts to save lives, promote shelter efforts, and expedite requested assistance to affected areas.

Pay-Related Legislative Changes in the National Defense Authorization Act, FY 2016

This is to inform you of four legislative 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) 2016 (Public Law 114-92, November 25, 2015) are summarized below. 

Section 611 – Reserve Income Replacement Program 

Emergency Leave Transfer for Federal Employees Adversely Affected by Hurricane Maria

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.

Notification of CDC Travel Alert Regarding Zika Virus

This year, the World Health Organization declared a "public health emergency of international concern"related to the Zika virus outbreak in Latin America.

January 2017 Pay Adjustments

The President has signed an Executive order to implement the January 2017 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 1.1 percent of basic payroll, reflecting an overall average pay increase of 2.1 percent.  This is co

Special Solicitation for Victims of Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey

The previous authority granted to heads of Executive Departments and Agencies to allow a special solicitation of Federal employees at the workplace for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma victims is hereby extended to include areas that have been damaged by Hurricane Maria.  As a reminder,

Executive Order – Strengthening the Senior Executive Service: Guidance on Qualifications Review Board Submission Methods

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing the attached guidance to agencies on Qualification Review Board (QRB) submission methods, as required by the Executive Order (EO) -"Strengthening the Senior Executive Service," issued on December 15, 2015, (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/15/executive-order-s...). This EO mandates a number of actions over the next three years to improve the management of the Senior Executive Service (SES).

Fiscal Year 2017 Prevailing Rate Pay Adjustments

Division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (the fiscal year 2016 Act), contains two provisions that affect the determination of pay adjustments for certain prevailing rate (wage) employees.  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. 

Fact Sheet to All Federal Employees about Preventing Opioid Misuse

The United States is in the midst of an opioid abuse epidemic. More than 2.4 million Americans currently struggle with opioid addiction.  In 2015, more than 33,000 people died from drug overdoses involving opioids and crude data for the first three quarters of 2016 indicate that the drug overdose death rate is still increasing. President Trump recently announced his intention to use all appropriate authorities to respond to the crisis.

Relationships with Management Organizations

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s regulations at 5 CFR Part 251 provide a framework for agencies to consult and communicate with management organizations representing Federal employees and with other organizations on matters related to agency operations and personnel management.  The purposes of consultation and communication are: (1) the improvement of agency operations, personnel management, and employee effectiveness; (2) the exchange of information; and (3) the establishment of policies that best serve the public interest in accomplishing the mission of the agency.

Guidance for Assigning New Cybersecurity Codes to Positions with Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Cyber-Related Functions

I am pleased to share guidance that explains how agencies will institute the updated procedures for assigning codes to Federal cybersecurity positions.  This guidance supports the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) role with implementing the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act.  Additionally, coding and identifying our cybersecurity workforce is important foundational work to better managing these critical positions.

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

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.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Executive Order to Strengthen the Senior Executive Service

In accordance with the Executive Order 13714, Strengthening the Senior Executive Service (SES), signed on December 15, 2015, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management is providing answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that address the specific provisions within the Executive Order. 

Management Tools for Maximizing Employee Performance

The Federal Government’s workforce is critical to driving success on a variety of compelling missions.  Numerous research studies have found that employee engagement has great impact on organizational outcomes*.    Research demonstrates a strong positive relationship between high levels of employee engagement and desired organizational outcomes such as customer satisfaction, safety, low turnover, and productivity.

Schedule A Hiring Authority for Information Technology (IT) Modernization and Smarter IT Delivery Initiatives

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is authorizing the use of excepted service appointments under 5 CFR 213.3102(i)(3) to address the need for hiring technical staff in direct support of agency efforts to transform and modernize Government IT. This authority may be used to fill certain positions directly needed for work on IT Modernization projects and Smarter IT Delivery Initiative projects that are funded in the Fiscal Years (FY) 2017 and 2018 budgets. 

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