The federal workforce dropped in May by 14,000 employees and over the last three months, the number of federal workers fell by 45,000, a June 7 Bureau of Labor Statistics report says.
The Office of Personnel Management's inspector general doesn't have the money to do a proper audit of the agency's revolving fund, OPM Inspector General Patrick McFarland told the House Oversight subcommittee on federal workforce, postal service and the census in a June 5 hearing.
The Office of Personnel Management will propose a rule that would allow federal workers to work part time while collecting prorated pension payments. Partially retired employees would be required to work 20 hours per week and would receive half of the normal pay and half their normal retirement, the proposal says.
President Obama will nominate Katherine Archuleta to head the Office of Personnel Management, a May 23 White House statement says. Archuleta will be the first Latina to hold the position, the statement says. She is replacing John Berry, who held the office from April 13, 2009 to April 13, 2013.
President Obama called on the Office of Personnel Management to plan a governmentwide strategy to reduce the gender pay gap in the federal workforce, May 10 memo says. Within 180 days, OPM must submit a strategy that addresses whether a chance in the General Schedule classification system would address the gender pay gap.
Sequestration cuts hampered the Office of Personnel Management's ability to reduce the backlog of federal retirement claims, OPM Associate Director for Retirement Services Ken Zawodny told the House Oversight Committee May 9. Because of the cuts, OPM banned overtime for employees processing federal retirement claims.
For the first time since December 2012, the Office of Personnel Management received in April fewer claims for retirement than projected, show OPM retirement statistics (.pdf). OPM received 7,059 claims; it had projected 8,000 new claims.
Office of Personnel Management and Office of Management and Budget plan to develop ways to streamline federal human resources policies and procedures including consolidating the way agencies measure employee performance, according to an OPM document.
Veterans Affairs Department senior officials who oversee disability claims won't be getting bonuses this year because they failed to meet goals in reducing the backlog of claims processing, VA Spokesman Randy Noller said. The withholdings apply only to executives of the Veterans Benefits Administration. Political appointees are not offered the bonuses.
Federal workers strive to be innovative, but get little encouragement to do so, says a Partnership for Public Service analysis (.pdf) of the Office of Personnel Management's 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Only 57 percent of federal workers felt encouraged to be innovative, the analysis says.