New people bring new ideas. OPM’s John Berry has been creative by urging time off for some in DC to get an extra hour to walk to the cherry blossoms and, later this week, hosting an event to come up with new recipes from federal employees to go into a federal government cookbook.
OPM has sent a memo to employees in its Washington, DC headquarters urging them to take an hour of administrative leave (after seeking permission) to walk to the Tidal Basin “to view Washington DC’s magnificent cherry blossoms.”
A federal court has upheld OPM in following the order of a divorce court to pay a portion of a retiree’s civil service annuity to his two adult children following the death of his ex-wife.
AFGE took the opportunity to of the National Council on Labor Management Relations to try to keep HR and LR staffs away from participating in prospective Agency Forums. The Author gives a rundown on the meeting and the information provided.
A surviving widow of a retired federal employee tried without success to convince OPM, the MSPB and the appeals court that her deceased husband had provided her a survivor’s annuity.
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Pay-for-performance may prove a boon to government, but experiences to date indicate much groundwork must be laid before assumptions translate into proven successes. “As someone who looks forward to Director Berry’s tenure at OPM, I urge him and his staff to temper their enthusiasm for PFP with the cool-but-conclusive data at hand.”
This VA employee thought he should be paid at a higher grade level; OPM disagreed.
OPM is encouraging agencies to utilize their flexibilities to pay bonuses to current employees who get people to apply for government jobs. The author asks a few questions about the impact of this on labor relations and agency budgets.
Congressman Steny Hoyer wrote OPM to ask for a quick study on a four-day workweek for the federal workforce in the name of energy conservation. OPM tells the Congressman it isn’t such a good idea.