OPM releases administration exit memo

The Office of Personnel Management on Jan. 5 released its exit memo for the departing Obama Administration, praising the accomplishments of federal employees.

Acting OPM Director Beth Cobert said in a news release, “Over the past eight years, our overarching focus has been to modernize the way OPM supports agencies, current and former federal employees, and their families,” adding, “By embracing new ways to use data to make decisions, investing in innovative tools and technologies, and streamlining and improving our processes, we have helped foster a workforce capable of tackling 21st century challenges.”

According the memo, federal employees, during the Obama administration helped adopt workplace policies that better reflect the modern American economy; strengthened the personnel system to improve federal recruitment and retention; and modernized background investigation performance, among a number of other initiatives.

Cobert added in the report, “I believe that under President Obama’s leadership, OPM has made real progress during this administration towards giving these dedicated public servants the tools they need to succeed,” continuing, “I see that progress every day. Whether it’s a nurse hired under an emergency hiring authority deployed to fight Zika, a person with disabilities thriving in a new role, or a federal employee’s child with autism receiving the treatment that she needs, I am reminded of how supporting the federal Workforce and giving them and their families the tools to succeed is essential for serving the American people…”

Reader comments

Sun, Jan 8, 2017 Jack

And, what's the retirement processing backlog again?

Fri, Jan 6, 2017

Wow she ignores glaring failures at OPM! Date breaches due to the failure of OPM to update security after YEARS of warnings. It still takes 6 months to a year to process retirement papers! Telework is still a failure, because management fights it, at many agencies. Presidential directives that are not enforced.

Fri, Jan 6, 2017

Wow we had so many accomplishments that were rewarded with pay freezes, bogus reasons why promotions were not available to folks that performed above their job descriptions, increases in health care benefits.

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