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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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. 

Washington, DC, Area Dismissal and Closure Procedures

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

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 

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

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. 

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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