Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
- Homepage: http://www.opm.gov/
May 2004: "It is OPM's job to build a high quality and diverse Federal workforce, based on merit system principles, that America needs to guarantee freedom, promote prosperity and ensure the security of this great Nation."http://www.opm.gov/html/mission.asp
May 2012: "But even a favorable ruling for same-sex couples in the appeals case (known as Gill et al. vs. Office of Personnel Management) still wouldn’t put them on completely level ground with their heterosexual counterparts. That’s partly because Gill, and several other cases moving through the courts, pertain only to one piece of the antimarriage law, known as Section 3, which defines marriage between one man and one woman. The case doesn’t address Section 2, which allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere."http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/12/your-money/gays-path-to-equality-probably-runs-through-courts.html
December 2010: "The Office of Personnel and Management, which oversees the program, had no comment on the president's plans."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/25/AR2010122502099.html
June 2007: The Office of Personnel Management, which oversees the government's administrative law judge program, issued the rule in March as part of an effort to update the program. The requirement that the judges have a law license is aimed at ensuring 'the integrity and independence of the administrative judiciary is preserved,' the OPM said.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/24/AR2007062401267.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Owned by (partial or full, past or present) US Federal Government - Independent Agencies Organization May 6, 2005
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 11, 2012 Same-Sex Marriage Activists Look to Law
QUOTE: Several cases are winding their way through the judicial system, most of which challenge the Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The myriad indignities that gay couples and their families regularly encounter are one reason many of them say they are fighting to dismantle the law. But the financial burden they also bear can be measured. And several court cases put that into stark focus.
New York Times Dec 26, 2010 Obama to shut down Federal Career Intern Program
QUOTE: President Obama plans to issue an executive order, perhaps as early as this week, ending a federal internship program that critics say circumvents proper hiring practices. Since it began in 2001, the Federal Career Intern Program has been used to hire more than 100,000 people - few of them interns as traditionally understood and many of them border and customs officers who later became permanent-status federal employees
Washington Post Jun 25, 2009 Scrutiny Grows as U.S. Pays Staffers' Student Loans
QUOTE: Congress and federal agencies are expected to spend as much as $60 million in fiscal 2009 on a little-known taxpayer-funded perk: repaying government employees' college loans
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Apr 08, 2009 Security-Clearance Checks For OPM Allegedly Falsified
QUOTE: Half a dozen investigators conducting security-clearance checks for the federal government have been accused of lying in the reports they submitted to the Office of Personnel Management...
Washington Post Jun 25, 2007 Administrative Law Judges Fight Law-License Requirement
QUOTE: The union that represents many of [the 1,400 administrative law judges in the federal government] is not happy about a new rule that requires them to be licensed and authorized to practice law. The union, the Association of Administrative Law Judges, has filed a federal lawsuit to throw out the rule, calling it "arbitrary, capricious" and "not rational."
Washington Post Jun 12, 2007 Union Sounds Alarm Over Background Checks for New ID
QUOTE: Background investigations of federal and contract workers being conducted for a new government-wide identification card, which carries a computer chip, have drawn objections at two agencies and rumblings of concern at others .... Some employees are nervous that they could lose their jobs if their agencies take a dim view of excessive credit card debt, unpaid parking tickets or restraining orders issued in divorce proceedings.
Washington Post May 15, 2007 Bills Would Affirm Anti-Bias Laws Cover Sexual Orientation
QUOTE: At issue are differing and legally complex views on civil service law that emerged shortly after President Bush took office and appointed Scott Bloch as the head of the Office of Special Counsel .... The House and Senate bills would repudiate a stance taken by Bloch, who has said that, under the law, federal employees are protected from discrimination based on their conduct, such as an off-duty appearance in a gay pride celebration, but that the law does not extend to protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Washington Post Feb 16, 2007 Special Counsel Accused Of Intimidation in Probe: Contact With Investigators Controlled, Employees Say
QUOTE: A trouble-plagued whistle-blower investigation at the Office of Special Counsel -- whose duties include shielding federal whistle-blowers -- hit another snag this week when employees accused the special counsel of intimidation in the probe.
Washington Post Feb 12, 2007 Pay Unrelated to Performance, Workers Say
QUOTE: One of the obstacles to improving government performance, Johnson said, "is that every employee, from unsatisfactory to outstanding, gets the same annual raise. I think that is an insult to the outstanding employee, and I think that is a miscommunication or an unfair communication to the unsatisfactory employee."
Washington Post Jan 24, 2007 Hill Pensions for the Convicted May End: House Passes Bill to Deny Payments in Future Cases
QUOTE: the House voted unanimously yesterday to deny federal pensions to lawmakers convicted of bribery, perjury and other related felonies. "Corrupt politicians deserve prison sentences, not taxpayer-funded pensions," said freshman Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-Kan.), chief sponsor of the bill. But the punishment of those who betray the public trust will not be far-reaching.
Washington Post Sep 06, 2006 Workers to Get Enhanced Dental and Vision Insurance
QUOTE: After two years of planning and evaluation, enhanced insurance coverage for bad teeth and weak eyes will be offered to federal employees, retirees and their dependents this fall through contracts awarded to 10 companies...Testimony at congressional hearings portrayed the government's dental and vision coverage as meager, with reimbursement levels and annual maximum benefits significantly below those provided by private-sector employers.
Washington Post Sep 05, 2006 Congress's Agenda Includes Pay Raise, Personnel Issues
QUOTE: Rep. Jon C. Porter (R-Nev.), chairman of the House federal workforce subcommittee, plans to hold a hearing on trends in Cabinet and other senior-level pay and may support a commission to review top government salary scales to see if they have kept pace with inflation and private-sector compensation practices.
Washington Post Aug 23, 2006 Bush Signs Order on Health Care: Agencies Required to Provide Data on Cost, Quality of Services
QUOTE: President Bush signed a measure Tuesday ordering federal agencies to do more to inform beneficiaries about the cost and quality of their health-care services, which federal officials hailed as a major step toward bringing greater efficiency to the nation's medical system.
Washington Post Aug 14, 2006 Another Warning of a Retiring Workforce
QUOTE: The Bush administration will wait until next month before deciding whether to appeal a federal court ruling that has blocked workplace rules at the Department of Homeland Security that unions contend would gut their bargaining rights.
Washington Post Jul 23, 2006 I.R.S. to Cut Tax Auditors
QUOTE: The federal government is moving to eliminate the jobs of nearly half of the lawyers at the Internal Revenue Service ...a veteran I.R.S. estate tax lawyer...called the cuts a “back-door way for the Bush administration to achieve what it cannot get from Congress, which is repeal of the estate tax.”
New York Times Jul 04, 2006 Fewer Disabled Workers In Federal Civilian Jobs
QUOTE: The federal government considers itself a model employer of people with severe disabilities, but...the latest numbers from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission show that disabled workers make up less than 1 percent of the federal workforce despite the Bush administration's efforts to reverse the trend.
Washington Post Jun 22, 2006 Bill Sends Strong Message on Workplace Rules
QUOTE: In February, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that the Pentagon's regulation creating new workplace rules, called the National Security Personnel System, did not protect collective bargaining rights or ensure fair treatment of civil service employees facing major disciplinary action. Late Tuesday, the House adopted an amendment to the fiscal 2007 defense appropriations bill that would prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars for the areas that the judge faulted.
Washington Post Jun 14, 2006 EEOC Is Hobbled, Groups Contend: Case Backlog Grows as Its Staff Is Slashed, Critics Say
QUOTE: the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is falling behind in enforcing federal civil rights laws in the workplace...expected to have a backlog of 47,516 charges of employment discrimination next fiscal year, up from an estimated 39,061 this year and 33,562 in 2005
Washington Post May 08, 2006 Bush's Appointees Not As Diverse as Clinton's
QUOTE: President Bush's crop of political appointees includes fewer women and minorities than did President Bill Clinton's at comparable points in their presidencies...Women made up about 37 percent of the 2,786 political appointees in the Bush administration in 2005, compared with about 47 percent in the Clinton administration in 1997...
Washington Post Mar 30, 2006 House Approves Comp Time for Justice Department Lawyers
QUOTE: The House has approved a bill that would ensure that Justice Department lawyers are eligible to receive compensatory time off for travel during their off-duty hours, like other federal employees.
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