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icon for US Army April 18, 2014 - SFC, an Appreciation   Information technology support for the Army Civilian personnel systems is provided by the AG1 CP, Civilian Information Services Division. One person has played a key role in our ability to accomplish this mission and we want to take a few moments to honor him and wish him well as he moves on to a new phase in his career.  Read more.


icon for US Army April 8, 2014 - CPOL and ABCC will be migrating to a new Datacenter/Server facility over the next few weeks. We expect the move to be transparent, but the migration requires coordination with external organizations which may introduce unexpected interruptions. Your patience is appreciated during this process, and we will post notice when this transition has concluded. Working to serve you better in these changing times.


icon for Stars and Stripes 2013 Military Photographer of the Year competition for servicemembers is judged at the Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Md.   Stars and Stripes photographer Tech Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts won second place with his Combat Documentation (Operational) entry and landed a third place nod for a Features photography selection.

See more of the top shots in several categories here.


Link to USAJobs.gov On Saturday Apr 12, 2014 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


Link to USAJobs.gov On Saturday Apr 5, 2014 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


Link to article on SAAM site April 2014 - National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, known as SAAM is an annual campaign to raise awareness and educate communities on the prevention of sexual violence. The Army shows respect and dignity for every Soldier, DA Civilian, their family members, and the nation we serve...    For further information:
http://www.sexualassault.army.mil/


Link to eOPF News item Important update for eOPF passwords!

Effective 29 Mar 14, OPM will implement new password criteria for eOPF:
Minimum Password Length will be 14 characters. Password complexity will be 1 upper case, 1 lower case, 1 special character ...   Read More!


icon for DCPDS Mar 25, 2014 - DCPDS Downtimes
The Denver Data Center Migration is now complete. DCPDS and CSU are NOW AVAILABLE. If you experience any issues, please submit a CPOL Service Desk ticket using your normal reporting procedures.


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Mar 14 through Sun Mar 16 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend Production systems will go down starting Friday at 9:00 pm and will become available again on Sunday at 5:00 pm. All CPOL and Portal applications will be unavailable during this period.    Read more.


Link to USAJobs.gov On Saturday Mar 15, 2014 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


Link to CP10 Newsletter PDF Mar 10, 2014 - The Career Program 10 Newsletter   Welcome to our inaugural issue of the CP-10 Newsletter! I hope the design will make the newsletter both easy and enjoyable to read. My goal is to bring you unique and relevant insight into both strategic level activities that impact us as members of the Civilian cohort, as well as issues that affect you as members of CP-10.   Read More!


Link to article on Senior Enterprise Talent Management Program Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) Program Nominations Process
On March 3, 2014, GS-14/15s employees will begin the self-nomination process that ends with being considered for entry into the Army's SETM program. SETM prepares participants for positions of greater responsibility through advanced senior-level educational and developmental experiences. SETM fosters enterprise leaders who are networked, future oriented, agile, and able to set the context by which their Army organizations thrive and grow ...   Learn More


icon for Telework Telework Week - Mar 3-7, 2014
Mar 3, 2014 - The 4th Annual Telework Week is here. This event is designed to encourage federal agencies, organizations, and individuals to pledge to telework during the week of 3-7 March, 2014. The ASA(M&RA) has issued a memo ...
Read more.


Women's History Month - Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.  March is a time to celebrate the contribution and honor the sacrifices and accomplishments of women who shaped the service and the nation. They persevered through social and cultural challenges and legal restraints to create ...   Read More


Link to USAJobs.gov On Saturday Mar 1, 2014 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Feb 21 through Sun Feb 23 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend Production systems will go down starting Friday at 9:00 pm and will become available again on Sunday at 5:00 pm. All CPOL and Portal applications will be unavailable during this period.    Read more.


Link to Executive Handbook Feb 20, 2014 - The Executive Handbook Quarterly Snapshot of the Army Civilian Workforce (Fiscal Quarter Ending December, 2013) - Army Civilian Personnel Strength, Gains/Losses and Demographic data by Quarter and Annual views!    Read More!


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME EVENT: Fri Feb 14 from 1730-1845 CST All systems that are hosted at the Army Civilian Data Center will be UNAVAILABLE at this time. These systems include but are not limited to:
CPOL Portal;   CPOL Service Desk;   CMS;
DCPDS;   Civtracks;   BOXI;   ACL;   OET;
iComplaints;   Fasclass; Civ Pro;   RASS  

Thank you for your patience with this event.


Link to USAJobs.gov On Saturday February 8, 2014 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


February is African American/Black History Month,  a time during which the African Americans are honored. This year, the "Civil Rights in America" is being celebrated and the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which was a result of the historic march on Washington in 1963, is being marked ...    Read More


Donate Blood - United States Military Blood Program Winter Weather Impacts Blood Supplies!  You've got what it takes to save three lives with a single donation. By giving a little of yourself, your donation gives sick or injured troops and their families a second chance at life. Blood and blood products are used for patients of all ages for many reasons ... military members and their families depend on blood donors every day ...
US Military Blood Program   |   American Red Cross Programs


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Jan 24 through Sun Jan 26 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend Production systems will go down starting Friday at 9:00 pm and will become available again on Sunday at 5:00 pm. All CPOL and Portal applications will be unavailable during this period.    Read more.


Link to article on StandTo webpages Martin Luther King Day: "Remember, Celebrate, Act! A Day On, Not a Day Off!"   Martin Luther King Day symbolizes the nation's commitment to a society based on the principles of freedom, justice and equality for all people. The US Army works every day to achieve the dream envisaged by Dr. King a half century ago, striving to lead the nation by embracing the strengths of diverse people in an inclusive environment ...    Read More.


Donate Blood - United States Military Blood Program January is National Blood Donor Month!  You've got what it takes to save three lives with a single donation. By giving a little of yourself, your donation gives sick or injured troops and their families a second chance at life. Blood and blood products are used for patients of all ages for many reasons - from cancer patients to those with battlefield injuries, military members and their families depend on blood donors every day. ...    Find Where to Donate.


Donate Blood - American Red Cross Jan 14, 2014 - Winter Weather Impacts Blood Supplies!  The American Red Cross says "Thousands can't give blood due to winter storms. If you can, please make an appointment to give blood or host a blood drive to help hospital patients in need. " ... "    Find Where to Donate.


Link to USAJobs.gov On Saturday January 11, 2014 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


Link to DOD Issuance DoD Instruction 1438.06, "DoD Workplace Violence Prevention & Response Policy". The DoDI establishes policy on workplace violence prevention and addresses response to workplace violence incidents for civilian personnel."   More


Link to PERMISS article New Employee Changes to FERS   The "Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, Section 401," makes another change to the Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS). Beginning in 2014, new employees (as designated in the statute) will have to pay higher employee contributions Read More


Link to eOPF article 2014 Payroll Adjustment Updates and eOPF Access    Federal employees received a pay adjustment this year. The SF-50s documenting the adjustment will be available for review in eOPF. Get a jump on this by logging into eOPF now and ensuring your account access is current. Take a moment to perform these steps now and enable access to your eOPF when the pay adjustment SF-50s are loaded. Read More


Link to www.army.mil news item DCPDS Downtime Period
Due to the enormous system resources required to process the GS pay adjustments, DCPDS will be unavailable from 0600 CST on Friday, 10 January 2014 through Sunday, 12 January 2014. It should become available again by start of business Monday, 13 January. Users will be kept informed if there are any changes. If an emergency arises, contact your Servicing Personnel Advisory Center.   


Jan 6, 2014 - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has issued a memorandum to agencies on coping with extremely code weather: "As we prepare to experience the coldest temperatures since 1994, agencies should be proactive in protecting the health and well-being of our employees and take all available steps to ensure they are protected ... "    Read more.


Welcome to 2014!   


Link to Sequestration documents Sequestration/Hiring Freeze/Furlough Resources    guidance and policy documents about Sequestration and Furlough ...

Latest Update: Dec 23 - DCPDS memo: PPP Procedures for Organizations under Civilian Hiring Freezes

Sequestration Topics:    FAQs/Q&As | Supporting Docs | Memos| Public Law | Fact Sheets | Points of Contacts


Link to USAJobs.gov On Saturday Dec 14, 2013 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Dec 13 through Sun Dec 15 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend Production systems will go down starting Friday at 9:00 pm and will become available again on Sunday at 5:00 pm. All CPOL and Portal applications will be unavailable during this period.    Read more.


Link to ABC-C website The 2013 Federal Benefits Open Season runs from Mon Nov 11, 2013 through Mon, Dec 9, 2013. During Open Season, eligible employees may enroll, change or cancel enrollment in FEDVIP & FEHB Program and can enroll in FSAFEDS.
More information is available at ABCC


Link to USAJobs.gov On Saturday Dec 7, 2013 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


Link to OPM memo The Office of Personnel Management has issued guidance reiterating the requirements for the restoration of forefeited annual leave. The administrative and shut-down furloughs implemented this year do not change the annual restoration of leave procedures; therefore, employees are reminded to schedule any annual leave that is in excess of 240 hours (360 hours for prior overseas employees) three (3) pay periods prior to the end of the leave year to avoid forfeiture.
View memorandum at OPM!


Link to DoD website Thanksgiving Day Message from Secretary Of Defense Chuck Hagel    ...Whether you are in uniform or a civilian, whether deployed abroad or stationed here at home, it is your service and commitment that allows Americans to enjoy the blessings of Thanksgiving. Your strength, selflessness, and patriotism are deeply respected by the American people, and we are very thankful for your commitment to our country ...   More


Link to Executive Handbook Nov 21, 2013 - The Executive Handbook Quarterly Snapshot of the Army Civilian Workforce (Fiscal Quarter Ending September, 2013) - Army Civilian Personnel Strength, Gains/Losses and Demographic data by Quarter and Annual views! ..    Read More!


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Nov 15 through Sun Nov 17 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend Production systems will go down starting Friday at 9:00 pm and will become available again on Sunday at 5:00 pm. All CPOL and Portal applications will be unavailable during this period.    Read more.


link to Army trisigned memo November is National American Indian Heritage Month   The Army celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month by recognizing the accomplishments of this country's original inhabitants, explorers and settlers. Throughout our Army's 238-year history, American Indians have served valiantly and with distinction in times of peace and war...    Read memo!


Link to USAJobs.gov On Saturday Nov 2, 2013 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. Please Note new day!   USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


Association of the United States Army AUSA 2013 was a resounding success. The Secretary of the Army (SA) and the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) briefed their priorities for FY14 and acknowledged the key support the Civilian workforce provides to the readiness and strength of the Army. More!


Link to USAJobs.gov On Sun Oct 27, 2013 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


Link to ABC-C website The 2013 Federal Benefits Open Season runs from Mon Nov 11, 2013 through Mon, Dec 9, 2013. During Open Season, eligible employees may enroll, change or cancel enrollment in FEDVIP & FEHB Program and can enroll in FSAFEDS.
More information is available at ABCC


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Oct 18 - Sun Oct 20 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend Production systems will go down starting Friday at 9:00 pm and will become available again on Sunday at 5:00 pm. All CPOL and Portal applications will be unavailable during this period.    Read more.




Link to Sequestration documents Latest Update: Oct 9, 2013 - Sequestration/Hiring Freeze/Furlough Resources Guidance and policy documents about Sequestration and Furlough ...

Sequestration Topics:
FAQs/Q&As | Supporting Docs | Memos| Public Law | Fact Sheets | Points of Contacts


Link to Hagel's Civilian recall Information Oct 7, 2013 - Secretary Hagel announces recall of most DoD civilians
  On Sat Oct 5, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced he is recalling most of the DoD civilians who were placed on furlough as a result of the government shutdown, which began Oct. 1. He said "... most DOD civilians will be asked to return to work beginning next week,"    More!


Link to USAJobs.gov On Sun Oct 6, 2013 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


link to Army trisigned memo October is Army Energy Awareness = Action Month
Changes in the character of modern conflict demand that the Army continues to evolve as an institution. As part of that evolution, we must learn to use energy to its maximum effect, making "energy informed operations" an integral part of our doctrine, culture and management practices.   During the month of October, it is our responsibility to become energy informed and aware so that we may carry this knowledge through the rest of the year.    More!


image representing a trisigned letter, and link to the news story Sept 28 - 29, 2013 - Honoring Gold Star Mothers .    During World War I, homes, businesses, schools, and churches displayed flags bearing a blue star for each service member serving in harm's way. When a service member was killed in the line of duty, a gold star was stitched over the blue one on the flag in his or her home. The Gold Star Mothers organization comprised of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our Nation - was born from this custom. "Gold Star Mother's Day" is celebrated on Sept 28-29 this year with a number of events scheduled in Wash., D.C.    Read More


Link to Executive Handbook Sep 24, 2013 - Hot off the presses - Newly published in Electronic form
The Executive Handbook: Quarterly Snapshot of the Army Civilian Workforce (Fiscal Quarter Ending June, 2013) - Army Civilian Personnel Strength, Gains/Losses and Demographic data by Quarter and Annual views! ..    Read More!


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Sep 20 - Sun Sep 22 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend Production systems will go down starting Friday at 9:00 pm and will become available again on Sunday at 5:00 pm. All CPOL and Portal applications will be unavailable during this period.    Read more.


Link to PERMISS article Sept 20 - Workplace Violence Web Based Training.    In the wake of the shooting incident at the Washington Navy Yard, supervisors and employees are encouraged to take training in recognizing and preventing workplace violence. Free web-based violence in the workplace training is now available from DCPAS.
   Read More


Icon and Link to News item Sept 16 - Guidance on Benefits to Married Gay and Lesbian Federal Employees, Annuitants and Their Families    The recent Supreme Court ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional means that legally married same-sex spouses of federal employees and their families are now considered eligible family members under various benefits programs as described below.    Read more.


Icon and Link to HR University Sept 13, 2013 - Develop Your Career with OPM's HR University! HR University is the Federal Government's single "one stop" training resource center for the HR professional, aimed at professionalizing the Federal HR career field, and offering courses designed to meet established competencies for the HR Profession.
HRU: How to register


Petnagon 911 Stained Glass Sept 11, 2013 The 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks will be marked with two ceremonies at the Pentagon Wednesday.
The first is a private ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial, with family members of those killed in the attack, scheduled to begin at approximately 9:30 a.m., shortly before the time 12 years ago when a hijacked jet was flown into the Pentagon, killing 125 people in the building and 59 passengers on the plane. The ceremony includes a wreath-laying and a moment of silence.
The second ceremony is for building employees, and will be held at 1 p.m. in the Pentagon's center courtyard, and is "an opportunity for the Pentagon community to come together."


Link to USAJobs.gov On Sun Sep 8, 2013 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


Link to TriSigned document September is Suicide Prevention Month.    While the Army will highlight suicide prevention this month, the service's vice chief said the effort is year-round. "This is something we can't just look at in one month," said Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell. "It has to be a 365-day mission to make sure we can provide our Soldiers with the tools they need to deal with the stressors of everyday life, and help them understand that seeking help is a sign of strength not weakness."    Read more.


Link to Staffing memorandums Aug 29, 2013 - Sexual Harrassment/Assault Response and Prevention:   The leaders of the Department of Defense share a commitment to eliminate sexual assault from our Armed Forces. Therefore, there are important steps being taken to provide new training for commanders, strengthen our training enterprise for all Service members, improve our investigative and military justice system capabilities, and further professionalize our first responders."    Read more.


Link to R2C message Aug 28, 2013 - The Army Ready and Resilient Campaign (R2C)
The Army launched the Ready and Resilient Campaign (R2C) in March 2013. It is an initiative that emphasizes the responsibility of personnel at all levels to build and maintain resilience across the Total Force - Soldiers; their Families; and Army Civilians.    Read more.


Link to TriSigned letter Celebrating Women's Equality Day - 26 August 2013    Women's Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women full voting rights. This 1920 amendment is a testament to the courage and tenacity of the women who challenged our Nation to live up to its founding principles. Their legacy continues to inspire us to strive for liberty and equality for all Americans. As we pay tribute to the women of the past and salute the women of today, we recognize that their dedication to duty is equal to the task of soldiering ... Read more.


Icon and Link to News item Aug 15, 2013 - Guidance on Benefits to Married Gay and Lesbian Federal Employees, Annuitants and Their Families    The recent Supreme Court ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional means that legally married same-sex spouses of federal employees and their families are now considered eligible family members under various benefits programs as described below.    Read more.


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Aug 16 - Sun Aug 18 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend (MMW) Production systems will go down starting Friday at 9:00 pm and will become available again on Sunday at 5:00 pm. All CPOL and Portal applications will be unavailable during this period.    Read more.


Link to Executive Handbook Aug 8, 2013 - Hot off the presses - Newly published in Electronic form
The Executive Handbook: Quarterly Snapshot of the Army Civilian Workforce (Fiscal Quarter Ending Mar, 2013) - Army Civilian Personnel Strength, Gains/Losses and Demographic data by Quarter and Annual views! ..    Read More!


Link to USAJobs.gov On Sun Aug 4, 2013 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


Icon and Link for Hurricane News item WASHINGTON -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center predicted an "above-normal" hurricane season for 2013. Military communities in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast should assess how vulnerable they are, and review their emergency plans to ensure they weather the storm safely. Families should have an emergency plan.   Read more.


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri July 19 through Sun July 21 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend (MMW)   Production systems will go down starting Friday at 9:00 pm and will become available again on Sunday at 5:00 pm. All CPOL and Portal applications will be unavailable during this period.    Read more.


Link to USAJobs.gov On Sun July 21, 2013 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


Icon and Link for Staffing News item July 08, 2013 - PPP LQA News item!   
Special Priority Placement Program (PPP) procedures to facilitate the timely rotation of employees who were erroneously paid Living Quarters Allowance have been authorized by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Civilian Personnel Policy).  
Read more.


Link to USAJobs.gov On Sun July 07, 2013 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


image of Fireworks exploding over the Washington Monument The United States declared its independence 237 years ago, July 4th 1776!   
We are blessed to live in a Nation of unmatched freedom, but that freedom comes at a cost. As we celebrate our Nation's birthday, please take a moment to remember the men and women of our Armed Forces, both military and civilian, who defend and protect the freedom we hold dear. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and safe 4th of July! ...


Read 2013 TriSigned memo

Read AAASA Memo: Staffing Guidance for 2013 Independence Day Holiday


Icon and Link to News item July 02, 2013 - Guidance on Extension of Benefits to Married Gay and Lesbian Federal Employees, Annuitants and Their Families    The recent Supreme Court ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional means that legally married same-sex spouses of federal employees and their families are now considered eligible family members under various benefits programs as described below.    Read more.


div class="photoLeft"> icon for KMH Awards The 2013 William H. Kushnick, John W. Macy, Jr., and Nick Hoge Award Winners
We are now pleased to announce the joint winners for the William H. Kushnick Award, a single winner for The John W. Macy Jr., Award, and for the Nick Hoge Award ...
Read more.


Icon and Link for OPM News item June 26, 2013 - OPM Merit System Principles Wallet Card available!!   
The Office of Personnel Management has a handy wallet card (3.25" x 2") that lists the adapted language of the nine Merit System Principles on one side and the 12 Prohibited Personnel Practices on the reverse side.   Read more.


Icon and Link for HR University June 18, 2013 - Develop Your Career with HR University!    OPM's HR University is the Federal Government's single "one stop" training resource center for the HR professional. HR University is aimed at professionalizing the Federal HR career field and is designed to address competency and skill gaps within the HR community by offering courses that have been evaluated and approved by the Office of Personnel Management as courses designed to meet established competencies for the HR Profession.   Read more.


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Jun 14 through Sun Jun 16 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend (MMW)   Production systems will go down starting Friday at 9:00 pm and will become available again on Sunday at 5:00 pm. All CPOL and Portal applications will be unavailable during this period.    Read more.


Logo swoosh for the Army Anniversary June 14, 2013 - Happy Birthday U.S. Army! Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago, our Nation's leaders established the Continental Army, beginning a rich heritage of successfully defending this great country and her citizens. Today, we celebrate the continued strength, professionalism and bravery of our ready and resilient Soldiers in the all-volunteer force. Our Soldiers remain Army Strong with a lifelong commitment to our core values and beliefs ... Read more.


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Jun 14 through Sun Jun 16 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend (MMW)   Production systems will go down starting Friday at 9:00 pm and will become available again on Sunday at 5:00 pm. All CPOL and Portal applications will be unavailable during this period.    Read more.


Link to EBIS Login page EBIS Scheduled Downtime   The Employee Benefits Information System (EBIS) will not be available on Tuesday 11 Jun 2013, from 1800 CT to approximately 2000 CT. Read more.


Icon for the Month of June June is National Safety Month!    Accidental Army fatalities remain at near record lows, continuing a positive trend indicative of a growing awareness of the importance of safety in our formations. Leaders, Soldiers and Department of Army Civilians deserve credit for this success, and we commend you all for your hard work. ..    Read Tri-signed memo!


icon for CPOL Employee Portal ACPOL, CPOL, Portal Downtime: June 1-2, 2013    All Army Unique systems will be offline starting Sat, 1 June 2013 at 1800 EDT through Sun, 2 June 2013 at 2200 EDT. The DCPDS and CSU applications will be offline from 0600 - 2200 EDT Sun, 2 June 2013.    All efforts will be made to have the applications online as soon as possible.    Read more.


Link to USAJobs.gov On Sun Jun 02, 2013 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


image showing a field of grave stones at Arlington National Cemetery May 27, 2013 - Memorial Day A Federal Holiday to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day to recognize and remember the sacrifice and service of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Season of Remembrance

Link: Arlington National Cemetery


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri May 17 through Sun May 19 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend (MMW)   Production systems will go down starting Friday at 9:00 pm and will become available again on Sunday at 5:00 pm. All CPOL and Portal applications will be unavailable during this period.    Read more.


Link to USAJobs.gov On Sun May 19, 2013 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


Link to Executive Handbook May 1, 2013 - Hot off the presses - Newly published in Electronic form
The Executive Handbook: Quarterly Snapshot of the Army Civilian Workforce (Fiscal Quarter Ending December, 2012) - Army Civilian Personnel Strength, Gains/Losses and Demographic data by Quarter and Annual views! ..    Read More!


Icon for the Month of May May is National Military Appreciation Month!    The President of the United States has proclaimed May as National Military Appreciation Month to remind Americans of the importance of the U.S. Armed Forces in history.
Look for localized information on national events such as Loyalty Day (May 1), Public Service Recognition Week (May 5-10), Victory in Europe Day (May 8), Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 10), Armed Forces Day (May 18), and Memorial Day (May 27) at installations and communities worldwide. ..    Read More!


Secretary of the Army Awards 29 April, 2013 - Congratulations to the 2012 Secretary of the Army Award winners!    The Secretary of the Army Awards recognize Civilian and Military personnel for exceptional achievements and outstanding performance excellence and outstanding contributions to Army mission accomplishments during 2012.    Read More


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Apr 19 through Sun Apr 21 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend (MMW)   Production systems will go down starting Friday at 9:00 pm and will become available again on Sunday at 5:00 pm. All CPOL and Portal applications will be unavailable during this period.    Read more.


Link to USAJobs.gov On Sun Apr 07, 2013 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


icon for CPOL Employee Portal POTENTIAL DOWNTIME: Sunday, 07 April 2013, from 0900 - 1900 hours CDT
CPOL could possibly experience brief network outages between 0900 - 1700 - and our customers may experience brief interruptions which could result in delayed or dropped connections to the CPOL website, Portal, and related applications.
In addition, DCPDS may be impacted for a further 2 hours in order to apply systems patches. Depending on when the CPOL outages occur, it's possible that DCPDS patching may not start until 1700 CDT which would push DCPDS availability back to approximately 1900 CDT on 7 Apr 2013. This is more a worst-case scenario than a certainty, as it will depend on what time of day the network outages occur. The patch requires 2 uninterrupted hours to apply. We apologize for any inconvenience these updates may cause.


Link to article on SAAM site April 2013 - We own it... We'll solve it... Together    National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, known as SAAM, is an annual campaign to raise awareness and educate communities on the prevention of sexual violence. The Army in conjunction with the Department of Defense is implementing the new 2013 SAAM theme - "We own it ... We'll solve it ... Together" - that is designed to strengthen our collective moral and ethical commitment, in keeping with Army Values and our Warrior Ethos, to show respect and dignity for every Soldier, DA Civilian, their family members, and the nation we serve...    Further information: http://www.army.mil/saam and http://www.sexualassault.army.mil/


Link to USAJobs.gov On Sun Mar 24, 2013 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Mar 15 through Sun Mar 17 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend (MMW)   Production systems will go down starting Friday at 9:00 pm and will become available again on Sunday at 5:00 pm. All CPOL and Portal applications will be unavailable during this period.    Read more.


Link to article on TSP dot Gov site Mar 12, 2013 - Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Security Warning    The Apple App store is currently offering a free TSP iPhone App that asks TSP participants for their account login information. This app is not being offered through the TSP and the TSP does not recommend using this application to access your TSP account. Providing this information could result in a security risk to your account ...    Read More


Link to article on Senior Enterprise Talent Management Program Mar 4, 2013 - Senior Enterprise Talent Management Program Nominations Process    On March 1, 2013, GS-14/15s employees will begin the self-nomination process that ends with their being considered for entry into the Army's Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) program. SETM, developed collaboratively as a Civilian Workforce Transformation initiative and administered by the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office (CSLMO), Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), prepares participants for positions of greater responsibility through advanced senior-level educational and developmental experiences. SETM fosters enterprise leaders who are networked, future oriented, agile, and able to set the context by which their Army organizations thrive and grow ...    See More


Link to USAJobs.gov On Sun Mar 03, 2013 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


Link to article on Women's History Month Mar 1, 2013 - March is Women's History Month.    The 2013 theme is "Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics." This year's theme honors the generations of women who throughout American history have used their intelligence, imagination, sense of wonder and tenacity to make extraordinary contributions in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. ...    Read More


Feb 26, 2013 - The Civilian Human Resources (CHR) FY12 Annual Report is now available
This year's report maintains the same metrics from previous years to enable trend analysis and focus on program strengths and areas for attention. A special project is also in process to build on this report and align with the OPM Human Capital Assessment and Accountability Framework (HCAAF) Indices to compare Army's performance. Updates to this project will be published on CPOL. Read the report.


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Feb 22 through Sun Feb 24th - Monthly Maintenance Weekend (MMW)   Production systems will go down starting Friday at 9:00 pm and will become available again on Sunday at 5:00 pm. All CPOL and Portal applications will be unavailable during this period.    Read more.


Link to article on ABCC website Feb 11, 2013 - The ABC-C benefits counselors will not be available Tues 12 February   2013, from 1200 CT to 1800 CT. Normal business operations will resume on Wednesday, 13 February at 0600 CT.
FRIENDLY REMINDER: If you made an FEHB Open Season election, the time to review your changes will be on the Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) you receive on February 7, 2013 (February 1, 2013 for DCMA and Air National Guard). You are encouraged to carefully review your LES. If the deductions for your new FEHB plan are not reflected ...    Read More


Link to USAJobs.gov On Sun Feb 10, 2013 USAJOBS site will be offline from 12:01 am - 9:00 am EST. USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


Link to article on Africona American/Black History Month Feb 4, 2013 - February is African American/Black History Month
The 2013 theme is "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington."
This year's theme marks two important anniversaries in the history of African Americans and the United States ...    Read More


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Jan 25 through Sun Jan 27 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend (MMW)   Production systems will go down starting Friday at 9:00 pm and will become available again on Sunday at 5:00 pm. All CPOL and Portal applications will be unavailable during this period.    Read more.


Link to Pentagon History pages Jan 15, 2013 - 70 years ago today, the Pentagon was completed    Construction began on 11 September 1941, and continued rapidly during the winter of 1941-42. Architects for the project had little or no lead time; sometimes construction actually outpaced planning. On 1 December 1941, when the president signed legislation transferring the military construction mission from the Quartermaster Corps to the Army Corps of Engineers, 4,000 men were laboring on the building in three shifts. One section was completed by the end of April 1942 and the first tenants moved in. The basic shell and roof were finished in one year, and the building was completed by 15 January 1943. ...   Read more!


Link to Memo on Office of Personnel Management dot Gov site Jan 8, 2013 - Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Inauguration Day Holidays    As provided by law, Inauguration Day is a legal public holiday on January 20th of every fourth year in the Washington, DC, area, except when it falls on Sunday, in which case the next succeeding day selected for the public observance of the inauguration of the President is a legal public holiday. In 2013, January 20th falls on Sunday, and the public observance of the President's Inauguration will be held on Monday, January 21. Since Inauguration Day falls on the same day as the holiday commemorating the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., both holidays will be observed on the same day, Monday, January 21, 2013
Read OPM Memorandum   |    Additional OPM guidance on Federal Holidays-work schedule and pay


Link to DCPDS News item Jan 3, 2013 - Scheduled DCPDS downtimes planned for 3 weekends in January 2013. These downtimes are outside of the standard DCPDS patch schedule.
DCPDS users will not be able to login to RSO/HR/CSU applications during these 3 weekends ...    Read more.


Link to Pay Adjustment memos Jan 3, 2013 - 2013 Pay Adjustments for Federal Civilian Employees     Public Law 112-175 provided that no statutory pay adjustments be made ... until the first full pay period after March 27, 2013.    Note: On Dec 27, 2012, the President signed an Executive Order implementing statutory pay adjustments the beginning of the first full pay period after March 27, 2013. The effective date will be April 7, 2013, for most DoD employees ...
Read complete information and memos.




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