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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,

2018 Combined Federal Campaign

Through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), members of the Federal family demonstrate that our commitment to public service extends far beyond the workplace. Last year, Federal employees voluntarily participating in the CFC contributed more than $104 million to thousands of local, national and international causes in both funds and volunteer time.  The people we serve are all the better for it.

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.

Updated Guidance Relating to Enjoinment of Certain Provisions of Executive Orders 13836, 13837, and 13839

On August 24, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson issued an Order enjoining certain provisions of Executive Orders 13836, 13837, and 13839 (see Order at

Pay Freeze for Certain Senior Political Officials during Lapse in Appropriations

Section 738 of division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141), contained a provision that continued the freeze on the payable rates of pay for certain senior political officials. 

Congress has not yet acted as to whether the provision will continue for 2019, but may still do so. 

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.

Human Resources Flexibilities and Procedures for Hurricane Season

As the United States prepares to respond to Hurricane Florence (eastern coastline and U.S. territories) and Tropical Storm Olivia (Hawaii), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) would like to remind agencies of the wide range of human resources (HR) flexibilities and procedures currently available to assist Federal employees affected by these emergency situations.

Weather and Safety Leave

Restoration of Annual Leave for Employees Affected by the Lapse in Appropriations

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has received multiple questions regarding whether properly scheduled “use-or-lose” annual leave that was unable to be used because of the current lapse in appropriations may be restored both to furloughed employees and employees who were excepted from the furlough and thus required to work.

Emergency Leave Transfer for Federal Employees Adversely Affected by Hurricane Dorian

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.

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.