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 OPM & Policy

  1. Rep. Darrell E. Issa testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee during a hearing on 'Solutions to the Crisis Facing the U.S. Postal Service' at Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. (Mike Morones/Federal Times) Mike Morones/Army Times

    Lawmakers ask OMB to intervene on new CFC rules

    The Office of Management and Budget should revisit new Combined Federal Campaign regulations by the Office of Personnel Management, a bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote in an April 17 letter.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  2. U.S. Naval Academy mascot Bill the Goat spins a prize wheel at an anti-hunger charity booth during the Department of the Navy Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kickoff ceremony at the Pentagon. CFC gives federal workers the opportunity to donate to any of more than 4,000 pre-screened charities. This year's CFC season runs through Dec. 15. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brett Cote/Released) MC1 Brett Cote / Navy

    CFC pledges fall 19 percent in 2013

    Donations fall $49 million to lowest levels since 1998

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  3. President Obama's proposed budget includes a small raise for federal employees. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

    President pushes raise, drops pension payment increase in budget request

    The administration proposed a 1 percent pay raise for federal employees and dropped a proposal to increase pension contributions in its fiscal 2015 budget request.

    • Mar. 4, 2014
  4. A new BRAC round is needed to help cut the Defense Department's civilian workforce, Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine Fox, seen here testifying at a recent Senate committee hearing, said Tuesday. (DoD photo) Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

    New BRAC round needed for civilian workforce reductions, officials say

    The Defense Department's ability to pare its civilian workforce hinges partly on getting the go-ahead to launch a new wave of base realignments and closures (BRAC), top officials said Tuesday.

    • Feb. 25, 2014
  5. Patrick McFarland, OPM's inspector general, will get a funding boost under bipartisan legislation. Gannett Government Media Corp.

    OPM inspector general getting more money for revolving fund oversight

    The Office of Personnel Management's inspector general will get a big funding boost for oversight of OPM's $2 billion revolving fund under a bipartisan bill signed this week by President Obama.

    • Feb. 13, 2014
  6. Witnesses are sworn in at a hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on fixing the security clearance process after the Washington Navy Yard shootings.From left to right, they are: Sterling Phillips, CEO of USIS; Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta; Stephen Lewis, a senior Defense Department security official; Patrick McFarland, OPM's inspector general; Susan Ordakowski, a KeyPoint vice president; and Michael Rhodes, an executive vice president at CACI. (Mike Morones/Staff) Photographer: Mike Morones

    Lawmakers: USIS used OPM relationship to deflect scrutiny

    Contractor allowed to review its own work, circumventing oversight

    • Feb. 11, 2014
  7. Stan Z. Soloway, president and CEO, Professional Services Council, argues that clearance reform should focus on the process, not contractors. Gannett Government Media Corp

    Trade group defends contractors' role in clearance investigations

    Government investigators looking into the security clearance vetting system should focus on procedures and processes, not whether federal agencies ought to do all of the work in-house, the head of a service contractor trade group said Monday.

    • Feb. 10, 2014
  8. Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management, announced Thursday that the agency is dropping USIS from some contract work. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones

    OPM contracted USIS to review quality of its own work

    The contractor being sued by the Justice Department for allegedly submitting at least 665,000 flawed background investigations to the government has been under contract by the Office of Personnel Management to oversee its own work and that of other contra

    • Feb. 6, 2014
  9. Two volunteers from the United Way Northern New Jersey Women's Leadership Council, shown helping New Jersey homeowners after Hurricane Sandy. The United Way has long been a partner in the Combined Federal Campaign. Rosanna Arias

    CFC overhaul coming next year, document indicates

    The Office of Personnel Management is set to proceed with major changes to the Combined Federal Campaign starting next year, according to a draft of final regulations obtained by Federal Times.

    • Feb. 4, 2014
  10. A company that the government hired to perform background checks stands accused of falsifying hundreds of thousands of them. Patrick Lux / Getty Images

    Firm accused of fudging background checks

    Company skipped quality reviews on more than 600,000 invesitgations, prosecutors say.

    • Jan. 23, 2014
  11. Pledges down sharply as 2013 CFC ends

    Furloughs, the partial government shutdown and a climate of pervasive uncertainty took a stiff toll on the just-concluded Combined Federal Campaign, according to organizers and other participants, with some local CFCs reporting double-digit percentage dro

    • Jan. 17, 2014
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