OPM offering 300 buyouts

OPM offering 300 buyouts

By Josh Hicks, Published: June 7, 2013 at 8:58 amE-mail the writer

The Office of Personnel Management plans to offer 300 buyouts to employees across 14 of its divisions, according to an agency official.

People walk past the EPA building on May 24, the first day of furloughs for the agency. (Mark Wilson/Getty).

People walk past the EPA building on May 24, the first day of furloughs for the agency. (Mark Wilson/Getty).

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OPM will limit the number of buyouts for individual divisions to “avoid an unmanageable number of departures and diminished work capacity,” according to the OPM official, who spoke anonymously to discuss details of a plan the agency has not yet publicly announced.

The agency’s 2014 budget plan calls for a $2.2-million reduction in salaries and expenses. For 2013, the agency is set to spend about $91 million on such costs, roughly on par with the previous year. Continue reading “OPM offering 300 buyouts”

Federal managers retain wrong employees, feds say

Federal managers retain wrong employees, feds say

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Federal employees worry their agencies are allowing their best employees to leave public service while retaining poor performers, according to a new report.

Less than a quarter of federal workers believe their organization “addresses poor performers effectively,” the Merit Systems Protection Board found in a workforce survey. Only 41 percent said their organization retains the best employees. Continue reading “Federal managers retain wrong employees, feds say”

2013 Pay Adjustments for Federal Civilian Employees

         12/21/2012                                                                                                                                                           CPM 2012-12

MEMORANDUM FOR HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
From: John Berry
Director
Subject: 2013 Pay Adjustments for Federal Civilian Employees
On September 28, 2012, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013 (Public Law 112-175) (Resolution) became law. Section 114 of that law states that “any statutory pay adjustment (as defined in section 147(b)(2) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (Public Law 111–242)) otherwise scheduled to take effect during fiscal year 2013 but prior to the date specified in section 106(3) of this joint resolution [March 27, 2013] may take effect on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning after the date specified in section 106(3).” (See Attachment 1).

Consistent with the Resolution, on December 21, 2012, the President issued a memorandum stating that any increases in pay systems or pay schedules covering executive branch employees or any general increases in covered employees’ rates of pay that could otherwise take effect as a result of the exercise of administrative discretion should not be made until after the date specified in section 106(3) of the Resolution. (See Attachment 2.) The President directed the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to issue any necessary guidance on implementing this memorandum. Continue reading “2013 Pay Adjustments for Federal Civilian Employees”

Human resource executives: Tight budgets, brain drain challenge federal workforce

Agencies ‘bracing for change,’ according to survey

September 03, 2012|By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun

With baby boomers hitting retirement age, federal agencies expect challenging years ahead in grooming the next crop of leaders, managing heavier workloads, and attracting skilled professionals to work for the government, according to a recent survey of federal executives.

Fifty-five federal executives told the Partnership for Public Service that their main challenges were declining budgets, high turnover due in part to retirements, inadequate leadership and succession planning and competency gaps in human resources and agency leadership skills. Continue reading “Human resource executives: Tight budgets, brain drain challenge federal workforce”