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OPM continues focus on employee pay, recruitment and agency support

It has been a year since Kiran Ahuja took the top post at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). In her role, she oversees the management of over two million federal civilian employees. The agency has released two hiring authorities focused on early-career talent and is revamping the government’s Pathways Program for internships, said Ahuja. […]


Federal employee minimum wage increase ‘certainly not enough,’ says OPM director

In January of this year, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced a $15 per hour minimum wage for federal civilian employees. Kiran Ahuja, director of OPM, told Government Matters the increase impacted over 70,000 employees but was “certainly not enough.” There have been successive pay increases since President Biden took office, and the White […]


OPM announces new paid time off for voting for federal employees

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is the government’s human resources agency. Government Matters’ Mimi Geerges spoke to OPM Director Kiran Ahuja about the latest news affecting federal civilian employees. OPM’s new voting guidance provides time off for early voting and election days and expands leave for participating as a non-partisan poll worker, said Ahuja. […]


New Office of Personnel Management guidance embraces telework and remote work

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has new telework guidance for federal employees in response to the growing interest in remote work and telework options. The supplemental guidance will give agencies resources to support those alternative work options for their employees. OPM Director Kiran Ahuja said the comprehensive, informative guide promotes liberal telework and remote […]


Former OPM director says new COVID-19 rules for federal employees are “opportunity to lead”

The Biden administration will require all federal employees and on-site contractors to prove their vaccination status or submit to regular COVID-19 testing and a mask mandate. President Biden recommends the private sector follow suit. Janice Lachance, former Office of Personnel Management director and now executive vice president at the American Geophysical Union, said the requirements […]


Former Office of Personnel Management director says rehiring rule is “great news”

Federal agencies can finally rehire employees at higher grades than they held when they left government. A final rule is out from the Office of Personnel Management to detail the processes agencies can follow. Jeff Pon, former director of the Office of Personnel Management, said the rule is a “great move,” especially because outside experience […]

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Agencies must work with current process to modernize and reform hiring, human capital expert says

The Biden administration’s budget request shows the White House wants to blow up hiring all across government. Human capital pros worry the hiring process that isn’t working well now could make the administration’s plan a little more complicated. Jeri Buchholz, former Chief Human Capital Officer at NASA, said Congress does not have the bandwidth for […]


Plans for returning to workplaces must be unique to each office, says Cyber Florida director

Some big private sector companies are putting out policies and requirements for bringing employees back to the office. Many are looking at bringing some employees back after Memorial Day and bringing most people back after Labor Day. Ron Sanders, Staff Director at Cyber Florida, said the private sector guidance makes sense, but exact plans at […]

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