OPM Orders Implementation of Workforce Executive Orders as Injunction Expires

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has authorized agencies to begin implementation President Trump’s 2018 executive orders on workforce management and labor relations. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit declined to hear the union appeal, triggering the expiration of an earlier court injunction against the orders.

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TSA Moves Away from Legacy IT Systems

The Transportation Security Administration has announced its intention to better manage data using cloud solutions. In the solicitation request entitled TSA’s Cloud Strategy 2.0, the agency described how they plan to “adopt and integrate cloud based services” to better achieve their mission.

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OPM Issues Agency Memo on Streamlining Performance Management

In a memo issued to agency leadership last week, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Dale Cabaniss provides agencies with a roadmap for streamlining performance management and dismissal policies and procedures. The memo aligns with the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) priorities on “modernizing the federal government and its workforce.”

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OPM Authorizes Emergency Leave Transfer Program for Federal Employees Impacted by Hurricane Dorian

On Friday, the Office of Personnel Management announced in a release that it had authorized the use of an emergency leave transfer program (ELTP) for federal employees impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The program allows employees to transfer their own leave time to employees who must take time to recover from the storm.

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IRS Looks to BioCatch to Verify Users

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been testing several systems to authenticate the identity of individuals using their online systems to access information. The agency has pursued several authentication tools in the last few years and has now announced a sole-source contract with BioCatch for a proof-of-concept that would incorporate behavioral analytics into the agency’s eAuthentication (eAuth) system.

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MSPB September Newsletter Highlights Ways to Improve Performance Appraisals

In the Merit Systems Protection Board’s (MSPB) September Newsletter, Office of Policy and Evaluation Director James Read made note of the current shortfalls of the performance appraisal system and encourages agencies to make improvements. Director Read used the results of the 2016 Merit Principles Survey (MPS) as a guide for getting more out of annual reviews.

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By Land or By Sea: How the Federal Government Preserves and Protects in Maine

This column is the first in a series documenting the journey of FEDmanager and FEDagent Editor Maya Meltsner and her dog Huey, who are currently travelling the country in an RV to explore the federal government’s presence in each of the fifty states.  This column is brought to you by WAEPA (Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies).

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