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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, ( 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.


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. 

HR Flexibilities Available to Assist Federal Employees Affected by Severe Weather Conditions or Other Emergency Situations

Recent events in the Midwest have clearly demonstrated the impact severe weather conditions can have on communities across the country. Many parts of the United States must occasionally cope with hurricanes, tornados, severe storms and flooding, snow emergencies, severe icing, wildfires, or other emergency situations, frequently with little warning. These emergencies are often dangerous and extremely disruptive to those who live in the affected communities.

America’s PrepareAthon! – September 30, 2016 – Day of Action

America’s PrepareAthon! builds upon the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready Program by adding a focused national call to action for individuals and organizations to take simple, specific actions to improve their preparedness for a potential disaster. FEMA’s goal is to increase the number of citizens who understand the hazards most relevant to their community; know the corresponding protective actions, mitigation measures, and community plans.

Guidance for Implementation of Executive Order 13812

Through Executive Order 13812 (Order) signed on September 29, 2017, President Trump revoked Execu

Protecting Our Federal Workforce During the 2015-16 Flu Season

Please help us ensure all federal employees take action to reduce the spread of influenza in the workplace, among our families, and in our communities.  The best way to do this is to encourage everyone to get the annual flu vaccine—it can prevent influenza illness and reduce time lost from work and school, as well as preventing hospitalizations and deaths.

Senior-Level and Scientific and Professional Performance Appraisal System/Program and Streamlined Certification Process

I am pleased to announce the design and issuance of a standard Senior-Level (SL) and Scientific and Professional (ST) performance appraisal system and program (referred to as the Basic SL/ST System/Program) available now for voluntary agency adoption.


Since its beginning as the Federal Human Capital Survey in 2002 to its evolution into the Federal Employee Viewpoint (FEVS) of today, the FEVS remains one of the most powerful platforms for employees to share their opinions and perceptions of their work experiences, their agency and their leadership.  The FEVS is an important way to let employees know that their opinions matter, while providing necessary resources for agency leadership to translate those opinions into results; and results into action. 

January 2018 Pay Adjustments

The President has signed an Executive Order to implement the January 2018 pay adjustments.  (See Attachment 1.)  The Executive Order authorizes a 1.4 percent across-the-board increase for statutory pay systems a

Excusing Federal Employees from Duty for the Last Half of the Scheduled Workday on Thursday, December 24, 2015

The President has issued an Executive order excusing executive branch non-Postal Service employees from duty for the last half of the scheduled workday on Thursday, December 24, 2015, with pay and without a charge to leave, except those who, in the judgment of the head of the agency, cannot be excused for reasons of national security, defense, or other essential public need.  (See Attachment 1.)  For pay and leave purposes, th

Emergency Leave Transfer for Federal Employees Affected by the Severe Storms and Flooding in Louisiana

President Obama has directed the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to establish an emergency leave transfer program to assist employees affected by the severe storms and flooding in Louisiana.  Pursuant to 5 U.S.C.

Pay-Related Legislative Changes in the National Defense Authorization Act, FY 2017

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) 2017 (Public Law 114-328, December 23, 2016) are summarized below. 

Section 611 – Reserve Income Replacement Program