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Office of Personnel Management

1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20415-0001

202-606-1800

TTY, 202-606-2532
http://www.opm.gov

Executive Offices

Executive Offices
DIRECTOR Margaret Weichert, Acting
Deputy Director Michael J. Rigas
Chief of Staff Neal Patel, Acting

CHIEF OFFICERS
Management Kathleen M. McGettigan
Privacy Kellie Cosgrove Riley

DIRECTORS
Communications Anthony C. Marucci
Congressional, Legislative, and Intergovernmental Affairs Jonathan Blythe
Executive Secretariat Jozetta R. Robinson
Strategy and Innovation Rebecca Thacker

CHIEF HUMAN CAPITAL OFFICERS COUNCIL
Executive Director Sara B. Ratcliff

General Counsel (vacancy)

https://www.opm.gov/about-us/our-people-organization/senior-staff-bios/#url=Directors-Office

Program Offices

Program Offices
ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS
Employee Services Mark D. Reinhold
Human Resources Solutions Joseph S. Kennedy
Merit System Accountability and Compliance Mark W. Lambert
Retirement Services Kenneth J. Zawodny, Jr.

DIRECTORS
Healthcare and Insurance Alan P. Spielman
National Background Investigation Bureau Charles S. Phalen, Jr.
Suitability Executive Agent Programs Lisa M. Loss
https://www.opm.gov/about-us/our-people-organization/organizational-contacts/

Mission Support Services

Mission Support Services
CHIEF OFFICERS
Financial Dennis D. Coleman
Information David A. Garcia

DIRECTORS
Equal Employment Opportunity Lashonn M. Woodland
Facilities, Security and Emergency Management James Onusko, Acting
Human Resources / Chief Human Capital Officer Andrea J. Bright
Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Desmond Brown

Senior Procurement Executive Juan I. Arratia
https://www.opm.gov/about-us/our-people-organization/senior-staff-bios/#url=Support-Function-Leaders/

Office of the Inspector General

Office of the Inspector General
Inspector General Norbert E. Vint, Acting
https://www.opm.gov/our-inspector-general/staff-biographies/

Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee

Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee
Chair Jill L. Nelson
https://www.opm.gov/about-us/our-people-organization/organizational-contacts/federal-prevailing-rate-advisory-committee/

The above lists of key personnel were updated 10–2018.

The above lists of key personnel were updated 10–2018.

The Office of Personnel Management administers a merit system to ensure compliance with personnel laws and regulations and assists agencies with recruiting, examining, and promoting on the basis of skills and knowledge irrespective of race, religion, sex, political influence, or other factors not based on merit.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was created as an independent establishment by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1978 (5 U.S.C. app.), pursuant to Executive Order 12107 of December 28, 1978. Many of the functions of the former United States Civil Service Commission were transferred to OPM.

https://www.opm.gov/about-us/our-people-organization/

ACTIVITIES

Employee Benefits

OPM manages numerous activities that directly affect the well-being of the Federal employee and indirectly enhance employee effectiveness. These include health benefits, life insurance, and retirement benefits.

https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance

Examining / Staffing

The OPM provides departments and agencies with technical assistance and guidance in examining competitive positions in the Federal civil service for General Schedule grades 1 through 15 and Federal Wage system positions. In addition, OPM is responsible for the following duties: providing testing and examination services, at the request of an agency, on a reimbursable basis; establishing basic qualification standards for all occupations; certifying agency delegated examining units to conduct examining; providing employment information for competitive service positions; and providing policy direction and guidance on promotions, reassignments, appointments in the excepted and competitive services, reinstatements, temporary and term employment, veterans preference, workforce planning and reshaping, organizational design, career transition, and other staffing provisions.

https://www.opm.gov/services-for-agencies/recruiting-staffing-solutions/

Executive Resources

OPM leads in the selection, management, and development of Federal executives. OPM provides policy guidance, consulting services, and technical support on Senior Executive Service (SES) recruitment, selection, succession planning, mobility performance, awards, and removals. It reviews agency nominations for SES career appointments and administers the Qualifications Review Boards that certify candidates' executive qualifications. It manages SES, senior-level, and scientific and professional space allocations to agencies, administers the Presidential Rank Awards program, and conducts orientation sessions for newly appointed executives. In addition, OPM manages three interagency residential development and training centers for executives and managers.

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service

Investigations

The Office of the Inspector General conducts comprehensive and independent audits, investigations, and evaluations relating to OPM programs and operations. It is responsible for administrative actions against health care providers who commit sanctionable offenses with respect to the Federal Employees' Health Benefits Program or other Federal programs.

https://www.opm.gov/our-inspector-general/

Oversight

OPM assesses human capital management Governmentwide and within agencies to gather information for policy development and program refinement, ensure compliance with law and regulation, and enhance agency capability for human resources management accountability. Agency accountability systems help ensure that human capital decisions are consistent with merit principles and that human capital strategies are aligned with mission accomplishment. OPM also works with agencies to find better and more strategic ways to manage Federal human capital.

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/oversight-activities

Personnel Systems

OPM provides leadership and guidance to agencies on systems to support the manager's personnel management responsibilities. These include the following: white- and blue-collar pay systems, including SES and special occupational pay systems; geographical adjustments and locality payments; special rates to address recruitment and retention problems; allowances and differentials, including recruitment and relocation bonuses, retention allowances, and hazardous duty/environmental pay; and premium pay; annual and sick leave, court leave, military leave, leave transfer and leave bank programs, family and medical leave, excused absence, holidays, and scheduling of work, including flexible and compressed work schedules; performance management, covering appraisal systems, performance pay and awards, and incentive awards for suggestions, inventions, and special acts; classification policy and standards for agencies to determine the series and grades for Federal jobs; labor-management relations, including collective bargaining, negotiability, unfair labor practices, labor-management cooperation, and consulting with unions on Governmentwide issues; systems and techniques for resolving disputes with employees; quality of work-life initiatives, such as employee health and fitness, work and family, AIDS in the workplace, and employee assistance programs; human resources development, including leadership and administration of the Human Resources Development Council and the Government Performance and Results Act interest group; the Training and Management Assistance program, to help agencies develop training and human resources management solutions, including workforce planning and succession management strategies, e-learning applications, traditional classroom training materials, compensation and performance management systems, and other customized products; information systems to support and improve Federal personnel management decisionmaking; and Governmentwide instructions for personnel processing and recordkeeping and for release of personnel data under the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act.

OPM also provides administrative support to special advisory bodies, including the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee, the Federal Salary Council, and the Presidential Advisory Committee on Expanding Training Opportunities.

Workforce Diversity

OPM provides leadership, direction, and policy for Governmentwide affirmative recruiting programs for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. It also provides leadership, guidance, and technical assistance to promote merit and equality in systemic workforce recruitment, employment, training, and retention. In addition, OPM gathers, analyzes, and maintains statistical data on the diversity of the Federal workforce and prepares evaluation reports for Congress and others on individual agency and Governmentwide progress toward full workforce representation for all Americans in the Federal sector.

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/diversity-and-inclusion/

OTHER PROGRAMS

OPM coordinates the temporary assignment of employees between Federal agencies and State, local, and Indian tribal governments, institutions of higher education, and other eligible nonprofit organizations for up to 2 years, for work of mutual benefit to the participating organizations. It administers the Presidential Management Intern Program, which provides 2-year, excepted appointments with Federal agencies to recipients of graduate degrees in appropriate disciplines. In addition, the Office of Personnel Management administers the Federal Merit System Standards, which apply to certain grant-aided State and local programs.

Federal Executive Boards

Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) were established by Presidential memorandum on November 10, 1961, to improve internal Federal management practices and to provide a central focus for Federal participation in civic affairs in major metropolitan centers of Federal activity. They carry out their functions under OPM supervision and control.

FEBs serve as a means for disseminating information within the Federal Government and for promoting discussion of Federal policies and activities of importance to all Federal executives in the field. Each Board is composed of heads of Federal field offices in the metropolitan area. A chairman is elected annually from among the membership to provide overall leadership to the Board's operations. Committees and task forces carry out interagency projects consistent with the Board's mission.

Located in places where Federal activity is concentrated, FEBS can be found in 28 metropolitan areas. Federal executive associations or councils, which are locally organized, can be found in approximately 65 other metropolitan areas. They perform functions similar to the FEBs, but on a lesser scale of organization and activity.

https://www.feb.gov/board-locations/

Sources of Information

A–Z Index

The OPM's website has an alphabetical subject index to help visitors navigate its content.

https://www.opm.gov/a-z-index/

Blog

The OPM has a blog on its website.

https://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/

Business Opportunities

The "Doing Business with OPM" web pages provide information on finding contracting opportunities, registering to do business with the OPM, and connecting with the OPM's small business program.

https://www.opm.gov/about-us/doing-business-with-opm

Staff contact information is available online.

https://www.opm.gov/about-us/doing-business-with-opm/contact-us/

Career Opportunities

To help fulfill its mission, the OPM relies on a professional workforce with energy, expertise, personality, and skill.

https://www.opm.gov/about-us/careers-at-opm/

In 2017, the OPM ranked 17th among 25 midsize Government agencies in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/rankings/overall/mid

Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP)

The National Background Investigations Bureau manages e-QIP—a web-based, automated system—to facilitate the processing of standard investigative forms that are used when conducting background investigations for Federal security, suitability, fitness, and credentialing purposes. The system allows the user to enter, update, and transmit his or her personal investigative data over a secure internet connection to a requesting agency.

https://nbib.opm.gov/e-qip-background-investigations/

Federal Holidays

Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103) establishes the public holidays for Federal employees. Most Federal employees work on weekdays. For these employees, when a holiday falls on a nonworkday—Saturday or Sunday—the Federal holiday usually is observed on Friday or Monday.

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/snow-dismissal-procedures/federal-holidays/#url=Overview

Forms

The "Forms" web page serves as the single source of information for forms belonging to and used by the OPM. Links are also available to browse forms used by other Federal agencies.

https://www.opm.gov/forms | Email: formsmanager@opm.gov

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

A FOIA request must be made in writing and clearly labeled "Freedom of Information Act Request." Instructions for making a request are available online.

https://www.opm.gov/information-management/freedom-of-information-act

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The OPM posts answers to FAQs on its website.

https://www.opm.gov/FAQs/

Glossaries

A glossary is available on the "Healthcare—Reference Materials" web page.

https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/reference-materials/reference/glossary/

A glossary is available on the "Benefits Officers Center—Reference Materials" web page.

https://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/benefits-officers-center/reference-materials/#url=Glossary

An insurance glossary of terms that are used on the "Federal Benefits Programs" website is available online. If a term is absent from the glossary, please email a request for its inclusion.

https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/insurance-glossary | Email: fehb@opm.gov

History

On October 27, 1992, the agency's Washington headquarters was dedicated to a former Civil Service Commissioner, who later became the 26th President of the United States. To find out more about this dedicated civil servant, visit the "Theodore Roosevelt" web page.

https://www.opm.gov/about-us/our-mission-role-history/theodore-roosevelt/

Insurance

Information on the Federal health benefits open season; flexible spending accounts; and dental and vision, health, life, and long-term care insurance programs, is available online.

https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance

Integrity / Efficinecy

The Office of the Inspector General from the OPM posts reports and data on Oversight.gov, a text-searchable repository of reports that Federal Inspectors General publish. The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency operates and maintains the website to increase public access to independent and authoritative information on the Federal Government.

https://www.oversight.gov/about

News

The OPM posts news items on its website.

https://www.opm.gov/news/latest-news/

Open Government

The OPM supports the Open Government initiative by promoting the principles of collaboration, participation, and transparency. The agency is committed to increasing accountability, effectiveness, efficiency, and innovation; building trust with American citizens; empowering the public; fostering a culture in which everyone's contribution is valued; making better decisions; and tracking how agency money is used.

https://www.opm.gov/about-us/open-government

Operating Status—Washington, DC, Area

The OPM sponsors the Operating Status listserv. Subscribers receive an email when the operating status of the Federal Government within the Capital Region changes.

https://apps.opm.gov/listserv_apps/list-sub.cfm?targetlist=operatingstatus

Organizational Chart

The OPM included an organizational chart on page 13 of its Annual Performance Report—Fiscal Year 2017, which was published in February of 2018. Please note: The Office of Planning and Policy Analysis no longer exists; its functions were transferred to the Office of Strategy and Innovation.

https://www.opm.gov/about-us/budget-performance/performance/2017-annual-performance-report.pdf

Publications

An electronic database allows users to search for operating manuals, periodicals, and other OPM publications. For more information on Federal personnel management publications, contact OPM Publications Management. Phone, 202-606-1822.

http://www.opm.gov/news/reports-publications/publications-database

Reading Room

The electronic reading room contains documents that the FOIA identifies for inclusion. This electronic collection also contains records that FOIA users have requested multiple times.

https://www.opm.gov/information-management/freedom-of-information-act#url=Electronic-Reading-Room

Retirement Information Center

The Retirement Information Center provides information on retirement benefits for current, new, and prospective Federal employees, as well as for Federal retirees, their survivors, and benefits officers. The information includes recent changes, events, and other issues affecting Federal retirement benefits.

https://www.opm.gov/Blogs/Retire/

Salaries / Wages

General schedule locality pay tables are posted online.

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2018/general-schedule/

Social Media

The OPM maintains a Facebook account.

https://www.facebook.com/USOPM/

The OPM tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on its Twitter account.

https://twitter.com/usopm

Telework

The OPM maintains the Federal Government's official telework program website.

https://www.telework.gov/about/ | Email: teleworkpolicy@opm.gov

Unlocking Federal Talent

In partnership with other Federal agencies, the OPM developed the website UnlockTalent.gov to tap current talent in the Federal workforce and to shape the workforce that the future requires. The website serves as an interactive tool that enables agency leaders and practitioners to make decisions based on data and to design initiatives for creating a work culture of engagement and excellence.

https://www.unlocktalent.gov/about
https://www.opm.gov/about-us/contact-us

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