Russell Vought and Craig Leen shared their priorities as nominees for the permanent director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and inspector general at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), respectively, at a June 2 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing.

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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is planning to start re-opening its offices and released a facilities preparedness guide on June 2 that provides an enterprise-wide, risk management assessment for its blueprint to send Feds back to the office.

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Several members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs are criticizing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for its lack of Senate briefings on the Federal workforce during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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The Office of Personnel Management released guidance on April 22 to agencies on how to implement sections of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that involve emergency paid sick leave.

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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is prioritizing COVID-19-related listings on USAJOBS to promote agency response to the pandemic. Job postings related to COVID-19 will be tagged as such to make it easier for visitors to sort through, to elevate those job postings on the site, and to allow OPM to better track progress on filling those positions.  

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Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and other Washington-area House members are questioning the Federal government’s decision to remove the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) building operation authority, and claiming that action is part of the Trump administration’s plan to move forward with an OPM-General Services Administration (GSA) merger.

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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) launched the COVID-19 Surge Response Program, an open opportunities platform where Federal agencies can post temporary job opportunities supporting the government’s response to coronavirus.

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Michael Rigas, deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), is taking on double duty with the additional role of acting deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and getting bumped up to acting director at OPM, the White House announced today.

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Dale Cabaniss on March 17 submitted her resignation as director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), a position she held since only last September, according to a knowledgeable source and news reports.

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The COVID-19 outbreak has created a flood of information to sift through for the Federal workforce. MeriTalk will attempt to collect and disseminate information as clearly as possible regarding the Federal workforce and IT policies as they relate to the Coronavirus.

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Sen. Mark Warner sent a letter to the acting director of national intelligence (DNI) and the director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to issue clear guidance ensuring that security clearances will not be jeopardized due to financial impacts of COVID-19.

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In a letter to Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Dale Cabaniss, Democratic senators urged the agency to improve its plan to protect Federal employees from income insecurity and disciplinary action as they work to comply with COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, safeguards.

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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) sent a memo to Federal agency heads on March 3 with “preliminary guidance” to prepare the Federal workforce for the “potential impacts” of the COVID-19 coronavirus, including an emphasis on telework and Federal mission resilience.

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The President’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal includes a joint appropriations request from the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), reflecting the Trump administration’s intention to merge OPM into GSA.

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Cybersecurity flag

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Jan. 22 that the Federal government’s backlog of security clearance has fallen to near 200,000, from its peak of 725,000 backlog applications in 2018.

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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is seeking a contractor to assist IT support services for the Office of the CIO’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and to provide support for OPM’s Cybersecurity Program (CSP).

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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) made progress during Fiscal Year 2019 on cybersecurity issues, and closed eight prior recommendations from its Office of Inspector General (IG) during the year, according to the IG’s 2019 Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) audit.

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Federal agencies and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) need to continue notching progress  on IT acquisitions, operations, and cybersecurity necessary to meeting FITARA (Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act) requirements, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said.

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