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Link to Policy documents Dec 28, 2012 - Army established Emergency Leave Transfer Program for employees affected by Hurricane Sandy

  OAS(M&RA) Memo - Army Emergency Leave Program Policy for Employees Affected by Hurricane Sandy dated 12/26/12

AG-1(CP) - Army Emergency Leave Transfer Program (ELTP) Implementing Guidance
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Link to Office of Personnel Management dot Gov site Dec 27, 2012 - 2013 Pay Adjustments for Federal Civilian Employees Suspended     OPM announced 2013 Pay adjustments will be suspended until after 27 Mar 13, provided no intervening change in law is issued.
View memo from OPM Director Barry with additional information.


Link to Dec24 documents Dec 21, 2012 - Closing of Executive Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government on Mon Dec 24th, 2012

Link to Executive Order from President Barack Obama announcing the Closing, and
Link to Q&A on Pay and Leave Administration for December 24 and 25, 2012
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Link to CWT 2012 Report Dec 20, 2012 - Army Civilian Workforce Transformation: 2012 Report
Civilian Workforce Transformation is the Army's program to transform the Army's Civilian cohort for the 21st century. CWT, now two years old, has accomplished much in a very short period of time and seeks institutional change across the Army resulting in more responsive and flexible Civilian professional development. The program's overall intent is to deliver "the right Army Civilian, to the right place, at the right time." ...

View the 2012 Report (Trifold PDF)


icon for CPOL Employee Portal POTENTIAL DOWNTIME: On Thurs, 20 December 2012, beginning at 6:30pm Eastern, we will be performing emergency maintenance, with a tentative duration of approximately 2 hours. During this period, our customers may experience brief interruptions which could result in delayed or dropped connections to the CPOL website, Portal, and related applications.    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Dec 14 through Sun Dec 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 Office of Personnel Management dot Gov site 2012 Federal Benefits Open Season
This year's Federal Benefits Open Season will run from Monday, November 12, 2012 through Monday, December 10, 2012. Eligible employees will be able to enroll and/or make changes to their Federal Benefits Programs such as FSAFEDS, FEDVIP and FEHB.
... Open Season - Read More


Lt. Gen. Wm Grisoli, Director, Army Office of Business Transformation. Dec. 6, 2012 (Army News Service) - 'Fiscal Cliff' would challenge Army to maintain readiness   Knowing there's a possibility the government will go over a "fiscal cliff" on midnight, Dec. 31, ... the Army faces repercussions and adjustments that would follow a nearly $500-billion cut to the DoD over the next decade ... "It is all about readiness," said Lt. Gen. William Grisoli, director, Army Office of Business Transformation. "It is all about as we take a look at the new strategy, we feel comfortable that there are some things we have to work as far as the readiness of the force."    Read More.


Link to Delegation of Authority Matrix Dec 5, 2012 - Updates to The Delegation of Authority Matrix   The matrix that identifies and links documents for delegation of authorities, references, special instructions and more has been updated to include   #33 - Delegation of Authority - Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) for Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) and #34 - Delegation of Authority - Increased Annual Premium Pay Limitation for Calendar Year 2012 ...

View the Delegation of Authority Matrix


Dec. 5, 2012 (Army News Service) - Gas guzzlers disappearing from Army's fleet
  WASHINGTON - In the past few years, the number of Army non-tactical vehicles has been declining and the number of fuel-hungry vehicles has been declining as well. Non-tactical vehicles include cars, trucks, tractors and special-use vehicles like fire trucks and ambulances not meant for combat operations. In 2009, the peak year, the Army had 82,860 non-tactical vehicles - Since that peak year, there has been a significant drop in the total number of vehicles.    Read More.


Link to USAJobs.gov On Sun Dec 2, 2012 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 Office of Personnel Management dot Gov site Nov 28, 2012 - Dismissal and Closure Procedures for the 2012-2013 Winter Weather Season   OPM has issued its updated Dismissal and Closure Procedures for the 2012-2013 winter weather season. The link also includes a memo from OPM Director Barry with additional information    Read more about OPM 2013 Winter Weather Season.

Related News - OPM is changing the language announcing office closings

OPM's new terminology: "Federal offices are closed. Federal employees required to work should follow their agency's policies."    Read more about OPM's new language.

Notice: DC area Operating Status Information is available at the OPM Website.


Link to Memo from ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY Nov 16, 2012 - Holidays and Good Judgment
The holiday season of celebrations is fast approaching. Army leadership encourages each of you to enjoy the season with your friends, family, and coworkers. However, everyone should be aware of the rules for workplace ethics.    Read Memo (PDF).


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Nov 16 through Sun Nov 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 Office of Personnel Management dot Gov site Mon Oct 29, 2012 and Tues Oct 30, 2012 FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC, area
are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.




Non-emergency employees (including employees on pre-approved paid leave)
will be granted excused absence (administrative leave) for the number of hours they were scheduled to work unless they are:
  • required to telework,
  • on official travel outside of the Washington, DC, area,
  • on leave without pay, or
  • on an alternative work schedule (AWS) day off.
Telework-Ready Employees who are scheduled to perform telework on the day of the announcement or who are required to perform unscheduled telework on a day when Federal offices are closed to the public must telework the entire workday or request leave, or a combination of both, in accordance with their agencies' policies and procedures, subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements.
Emergency Employees are expected to report to their worksites unless otherwise directed by their agencies. More information is available at the Office of Personnel Management Website -
Read More at OPM


Link to article on Army dot Mil website Oct 26, 2012 - With the impact of Hurricane Sandy throughout the next few days and into next week, employees and leadership in the southeast region and north into New England should be preparing now for rain, strong winds, possible flooding and potential power outages. Internal phone trees and other means of maintaining contact should be up to date. Employees with situational telework agreements should be prepared to work from home if local conditions warrant direction from Commanders and Supervisors to do so.    Read More


Link to USAJobs.gov On Sun Oct 28, 2012 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 Office of Personnel Management dot Gov site Oct 23, 2012 - 2012 Federal Benefits Open Season
This year's Federal Benefits Open Season will run from Monday, November 12, 2012 through Monday, December 10, 2012.
Eligible employees will be able to enroll and/or make changes to their Federal Benefits Programs such as FSAFEDS, FEDVIP and FEHB. ... Read More


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Oct 19 - Sun Oct 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.


Oct 15, 2012 - The 2013 ACTEDS Training Catalog is now Available
Most of the catalog has been updated and is already online - other content is being updated and will be posted as available. Please check individual chapters for the most recent information. Read more.


Oct 12, 2012 - Granting Excused Absence for Voting.
As Election Day 2012 approaches, it is important all personnel are encouraged to carry out the obligations of citizenship. Eligible voters are encouraged to vote - this PERMISS Article provides specific guidance for granting excused absences for voting. Read more.


Link to Army News article Oct 10, 2012 - Army to honor doctor for fighting deadly viruses    A retired Army doctor who helped develop vaccines to protect troops from meningitis, AIDS, hepatitis, diarrhea, and many other infectious diseases, will be among civilians saluted Thursday. During his 23 years of active Army service, he compiled achievements including establishing infectious disease clinical and research programs at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Walter Reed Institute of Research in 1970. He also developed policies concerning HIV/AIDS in 1986 -- a new and unknown disease at that time... Those forward-looking policies remain in force today and have been a blueprint for civilian policies. Read More


Link to Army News article Oct 3, 2012 - Army researchers using cutting-edge 3D printers
Fifty years ago, what goes on in this lab would have been considered science fiction, but these artisan engineers create three-dimensional objects in printers that seem like Star Trek replicators. "It's allowed us to develop items for the warfighter quicker," said Rapid Technologies Branch Chief Rick Moore, "We're able to come up with concepts and designs using our [computer-aided design] software, print them out and have them in an engineer's hand the next day." Read More


Link to Stand Down News article Sep. 27 2012 - Shoulder to Shoulder: We Stand Up for Life
Click the image or the link below to read more and find resources for
the Army Suicide Stand Down of Thu Sept 27, 2012

We can't afford to lose another Civilian, Soldier or Family member to suicide....

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Link to Wellness news page September 2012 - Army Suicide Prevention Month    The Army remains steadfast in maintaining a healthy and ready force with empowered leaders dedicated to saving lives while preserving our nation's security. We can't afford to lose another Civilian, Soldier or Family member to suicide.... Read More


Link to DoD News site Sep. 25, 2012 - Defense Department Committed to Cybersecurity,
The Defense Department remains vigilant and committed to cybersecurity, especially since its cyber operations present a target for hackers, a senior Pentagon official said here today. Defense Department officials take cybersecurity very seriously, and that creates pressure on the department's information technology personnel to stay vigilant ...
Read More


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Sep 21 - Sun Sep 23 - 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.


icon for DCPDS Portal DCPDS PORTAL DOWNTIME On Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 10PM Eastern,
DCPDS will begin Maintenance work that includes backups and software patching. Intermittent downtimes and outage to CSU and other applications will occur during the weekend. Database upgrades will begin on Sat morning, Sep 15 and continue until upgrade actions and system application checks have completed (expected by mid-day on Sunday). By 6pm Eastern Sunday, Sep 16, DCPDS systems should be back in normal production operations.


Link to Office of Personnel Management dot Gov site The revised Guide to Federal Benefits, Nov 2012 edition, is now accessible on OPM's website. There are guides for: Federal Civilian Employees;   Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) & Former Spouse Enrollees;   Individuals Receiving Compensation from the Office of Worker's Compensation Programs (OWCP);   Certain Temporary Employees;  and Federal Retirees and Their Survivors. The Guides cover the Federal Benefit Programs and give details intended to inform you about the choices available to you. ... Read More


Link to USAJobs.gov Sunday morning, 09 September 2012, USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance. The USAJOBS website site will be offline from 12:01 am through 9:00 am. 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: 09/05/12 6:00-8:00 PM EST The CPOL Employee Portal will be taken down from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM EST on Weds, Sep 5th, for implementation of the new Event Tracker portlet. Note that the supporting ART and TIER1 databases, and the BOXI Productivity Universes will be down during this period as well.


Link to Army Workers Compensation site September 2012 - Army Suicide Prevention Month    The Army remains steadfast in maintaining a healthy and ready force with empowered leaders dedicated to saving lives while preserving our nation's security. We can't afford to lose another Civilian, Soldier or Family member to suicide.... Read More


Link to pdf memo on CPOL website 30 Aug 2012 - Mr Aronowitz signed the "Foreign Area Employment- Overseas Tours" memo.   Please use the following link to find out more about this memo...
Read memo


Link to article on Army dot Mil website Aug. 27, 2012 - Hurricane season arrives, requires preparation! With the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently increasing its estimate of named storms and hurricanes for 2012, military families near the Gulf Coast or the Eastern Seaboard should assess how vulnerable they are, and review their emergency plans to ensure they weather the season safely ... Read More


Link to Army.mil On Saturday 25 Aug 2012, between 0400 EDT - 0800 EDT, AKO/DKO will perform routine maintenance.   AKO SSO (Single Sign On) services may be intermittent or unavailable during this time.   CPOL users' CAC access to the CPOL Portal and other SSO authenticated tools may be affected during that period.


Link to article on Army dot Mil website Aug 10, 2012 - Secretary of the Army John McHugh addressed a group of the most senior career civilians attending the Army Senior Executive Education Program at the University of Notre Dame. Acknowledging the critical role Army civilians have played, McHugh said, "This Army has not just succeeded, but it has excelled, and has done so magnificently."   Acknowledging the critical role Army civilians have played, he continued,  "All of us, as part of this team, had a very important piece in that effort." ... Read More


ASA-IEE Seal, Linked to Armylive blog website article August 10, 2012 - Renewable Alternative Energy and Power Production for DoD Installations   – The Honorable Katherine Hammack, (ASA IE&E). " This is truly a week for the U.S. Army to take pride in the strides it's making toward managing its energy resources and developing new, clean, renewable energy. This $7 billion Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) Request for Proposal (RFP) by USACE demonstrates the Army's commitment toward installation energy security, mission readiness and resilience. This MATOC's capacity will procure reliable, locally generated, renewable and alternative energy through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for up to 30 years. " ... Read More


Link to USAJobs.gov Sunday morning, Aug 12, 2012, USAJOBS will be performing routine system maintenance. The USAJOBS website site will be offline from 12:01 am through 9:00 am. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. USAJobs.gov


Link to Defense dot Gov site Aug 6, 2012 - DOD Approves 2 grants for BRAC Related Transportation Improvements
Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta today announced two grants from the Office of Economic Adjustment, including a $40,000,000 grant to Montgomery County, Md., for transportation access to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, and a $5,700,000 grant to the City of Lakewood, Wash., for improvements to the Freedom Bridge overpass near the Madigan Army Medical Center gate. The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission process increased personnel and traffic at both of these communities. ... Read More


Link to MAX.gov news story July 25 2012 - The Federal Work-Life Community of Practice
Got MAX? Get Connected! We encourage you to join the collaborative network/community of practice ... Read more.


Link to Defense dot Gov site July 17, 2012 - The Defense Department is taking a leading role in a government wide effort to stop the nation's obesity problem, said Barbara Thompson, the director of DOD's Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth. DOD is one of 17 federal departments and agencies working together to identify opportunities for promoting healthy living as part of the White House's National Prevention Council strategy ... Read More


Link to USAJobs.gov On Sunday July 15th, USAJOBS will be performing scheduled system maintenance.
The USAJOBS website site will be offline from 12:01 am through 9:00 am. Applicants will not be able to search for or apply for jobs during the scheduled downtime. ... USAJobs.gov


Link to 2011 Report July 12, 2012 - Army Civilian Plans & Strategic Analysis Branch is pleased to announce the US Army Assistant G-1 (Civilian Personnel) 2011 Annual Report has now been published. ... Read More


Image of a red Question mark on a white field July 12, 2012 - What happened to Resume Builder/Answer?
The Army completed its transition to the DoD Enterprise Recruitment Tool (USA Staffing) effective, 1 May 2012.  USA Staffing is the single hiring process and tool used by all DoD components.   Effective, 12 July 2012 applicants no longer have access to Resume Builder.   Applicants will be able to view the status of self-nominations from the old system via USAJOBS - My Account - Application Status.

Personally Identifiable Information (PII) contained in applications retained in Army Resume Builder/Answer system will be securely retained as required by regulation for a period of 5 years. Once retention requirements are met the PII will be destroyed per federal, DoD and Army guidelines.


Summer 2012 - Children and families are in great need of donated food this summer.
To help with this, Federal employees will join together and collect food nationwide for local food banks ... Read more.


Image of Mr Jay Aronowitz, linked to his Bio Effective: Jul 1, 2012 The Civilian Senior Leader Management Office is pleased to announce that the Secretary of the Army has approved:   Mr. Jay Aronowitz from the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Force Management, Manpower & Resources), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) to the position of Assistant G-1 for Civilian Personnel Policy, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, Washington, DC. ... Read bio.


image of Fireworks exploding over the Washington Monument Staffing Guidance for 2012 Independence Day Holiday With the observance of Independence Day on Wednesday, 4 July 2012, HQDA will operate at reduced staffing on Monday and Tuesday, 2-3 July 2012, & Thursday and Friday, 5-6 July 2012. ... Read more.


image of the Army Anniversary Cake Army Birthday Ball, a Celebration of Soldiers & History Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago, our Nation's leaders established the Continental Army, beginning a rich heritage of successfully defending this great country and her citizens.    On June 16, 2012, Army senior leaders, wounded warriors, Soldiers, family members and veterans gathered for the Army's 237th Birthday Ball in Washington, D.C. ...
Read more.


Logo swoosh for the 237th Army Anniversary June 14, 2012 - Happy Birthday U.S. Army! Two hundred and thirty-seven 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 honor, loyalty and bravery ... Read more.


Kushnick Macy Hoge award logos June 6, 2012 - The William H. Kushnick, John W. Macy, Jr. and Nick Hoge Award Ceremony and Awards Banquet was held May 31, 2012.
Pictures of the Award Winners have now been posted ... Read more.


The USA Staffing and USAJOBS systems will be conducting scheduled systems maintenance June 2-3. USA Staffing/Application Manager will be down Saturday, June 2, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. EDT. USAJOBS website will be offline June 3, from 12:01 am through 9:00 am. Applicants will not be able to search for and/or apply for jobs during these scheduled downtimes. ... USAJobs.gov


image of an Eagle in flight over the names Kushnick, Macy and Hoge The William H. Kushnick, John W. Macy, Jr. and Nick Hoge Award Ceremony will be held May 31, 2012. The Awards Ceremony will be in hosted in the Pentagon Auditorium at 1330. The Awards Banquet will commence at 1730 in the Officer's Club at Fort Myer, VA. Register NOW for the Awards Banquet at Fort Myer ... Read more.


May 31, 2012 - What happened to Resume Builder/Answer?    Please use your Resume Builder logon to manually extract your resume BEFORE 12 JULY 2012 if you wish to save and keep a copy of your resume!     USA Staffing will be the single hiring process and tool used by all DoD components.   The Army completed its transition to the DoD Enterprise Recruitment Tool (USA Staffing) effective, 1 May 2012. Effective, 31 May 2012, the Army Resume Builder is no longer available. Resumes cannot be electronically transferred to USAJOBS/Application Manager. Applicants are encouraged to upload their resume into USAJOBS to apply for Army positions. Applicants will be able to view the status of self-nominations from the old system via USAJOBS - My Account - Application Status.   


image showing a field of grave stones at Arlington National Cemetery May 28, 2012 - 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


May 10, 2012 - Having Login Problem with CPOL Portal & other CAC Applications?? ... Read more


May 10, 2012 -- Get Your Social Security Statement Online! The online Statement provides estimates for disability and survivors benefits, and also provides a convenient way to determine ... Read more.


May 2, 2012 - New Roth Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Investments - Army civilian employees who are eligible to participate in TSP will soon be eligible to make contributions in the new Roth TSP. ... Read more.


Seal of the Civilian Training and Leader Development Division April 26, 2012   The Army G-3/5/7 Civilian Training and Leader Development Division (CTLD) launched a website consolidating information on competitive professional and leader development opportunities for Army Civilians: http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil ... AKO Article -> Read more


May 1, 2012   National Women's Health Week is celebrated nationally the first week of May. Army Medicine has dedicated the entire month of May to Women's Health. We have chosen the theme of "It's Your Time" - a time when women throughout the Army are reminded ... to make their health a top priority. ... Read more.


April 25, 2012 The Applicant Helpdesk is currently experiencing technical difficulties receiving and sending emails.  As a result, this has caused a delay in the Applicant Helpdesk being able to respond to your request/inquiry. Your request/inquiry is very important to us. At this time we encourage you to contact us via telephone, at 410-306-0137, as an alternative method of contact until the email process has been resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


DOD Announces New Teleworking Policy
April 20, 2012 , The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today a new teleworking policy for the civilian workforce. Changes made to the existing telework policy will help DoD to achieve greater flexibility in managing its workforce through the use of telework. ... Read more


Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) Program Now Open for Applications
April 9, 2012, Army GS-14/15 (and equivalents) may begin submitting their application for the SETM program. SETM prepares participants for positions of greater responsibility through opportunities in the Enterprise Placement Program (EPP), Developmental Experiences, Senior Service College (SSC), and the Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP) ...
More Info: Secretary of the Army SETM Program Announcement and SETM Website


Sexual Assault Awareness Month - April 2012
This April, DoD marks the 8th annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Highlighting this important month provides an opportunity to raise awareness ... More Info: DoD Memo and Army S.H.A.R.P.


Ministry of Defense Advisors (MoDA) Program
March 22, 2012 - Is the MoDA Program your next challenge? The Ministry of Defense Advisors (MoDA) Program is designed to forge long-term relationships that strengthen a partner state's defense ministry. We are currently filling MoDA assignments to ... Read more.


Government Travel Charge Card (GTCC) Update -
Citibank's ATM/Cash Advance Fee will increase effective 12 Jul    NOTE: New Effective Date Read more.


AKO Launches FOUO and Non-FOUO Sites
Beginning 28 March, AKO will be divided into two different versions: one for FOUO content and another for non-FOUO content. AKO content designated by users as FOUO will only be available to those who log in with a CAC/PIN. Users logging in with a username/password will only be able to access non-FOUO content. This change is being made to comply with DoD and Army Cyber Command directives. ... Read more (AKO PDF)


USA Staffing Downtime Event    Over the weekend of March 31-April 1, USA Staffing, Selection Manager, Application Manager, and Onboarding Manager will be unavailable while the systems are offline for system upgrades. All users (applicants, HR professionals, and managers) will be unable to log into these interfaces during this time period.


** OPM Announcement **  Federal Employee Work/Life/Wellness Survey:
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is planning to administer the first-ever Federal Employee Work/Life/Wellness Survey (Survey) in the next few months. Our Government-wide survey is intended to measure how well Federal Work/Life programs meet the needs of agencies and employees by assessing whether anticipated beneficial outcomes are achieved. Research studies have provided strong evidence of that Work/Life programs relate to benefits for organizations (e.g., employee attraction/retention, improved performance) and employees (e.g., improved wellbeing, reduced stress). The information provided from the survey will be unique and critical to ensuring an effective Federal workforce.


The Hatch Act & Army Civilian Employee Relations
Election 2012 - During this election year, Army Civilian managers and employees need to be mindful of restrictions in political activity, as defined in The Hatch Act ... Read more.


USA Staffing Downtime Event    Over the weekend of March 31-April 1, USA Staffing, Selection Manager, Application Manager, and Onboarding Manager will be unavailable while the systems are offline for system upgrades. All users (applicants, HR professionals, and managers) will be unable to log into these interfaces during this time period.


Ministry of Defense Advisors (MoDA) Program
March 22, 2012 - Is the MoDA Program your next challenge? The Ministry of Defense Advisors (MoDA) Program is designed to forge long-term relationships that strengthen a partner state's defense ministry. We are currently filling MoDA assignments to ... Read more.


Government Travel Charge Card (GTCC) Update - Citibank increases ATM/Cash Advance Fee.
Mar 13, 2012 - Citibank's ATM/Cash Advance Fee will increase from 2% to 2.2% ... Read more.


March 13, 2012  - The Applicant Helpdesk is currently experiencing technical difficulties. As a result this will cause a delay in responding to your request/inquiry. Your request/inquiry is very important to us. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


Mar 12, 2012 - CEW site Update
State Department Document: Medical Rules of Eligibility - Guidance for CHS


"UCanQuit2" Tobacco Cessation Program
Mar 12, 2012 - Tobacco use is more prevalent in the military - with the highest disparity in the 18-24 year old age group with a 37% rate of tobacco use. The Program has been in effect for 7 years and ... Read more.


We've Moved!
- The Assistant G-1 for Civilian Personnel has relocated its office from the Hoffman Building in Alexandria, VA to Fort Belvoir, VA per the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC).


Telework Week Update
Mar 5, 2012 - Traffic on your way to work may be lighter this week -- unless you are skipping the commute to join more than 60,000 Americans who have pledged to telework ... Read more.


Retirement? Federal Ballpark E$timate
Mar 2, 2012 - The Federal Ballpark E$timate (FBE) includes projected Federal annuity and Thrift Savings Plan benefits to help you quickly identify approximately how much you need to save to fund a comfortable retirement ... Read more. globe image indicates link to outside news item


Defense Secretary Panetta calls for tax increases, not Defense cuts
Feb 29, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stepped back into the bitter debate over the nation's debt, arguing that lawmakers should close the budget deficit through tax increases and changes to popular programs like Social Security rather than through additional cuts in Pentagon spending ... Read more. globe image indicates link to outside news item


President Obama signs payroll-tax holiday into law
Feb 22, 2012 - President Obama on Wednesday signed the payroll-tax holiday extension into law, the White House announced. The measure maintains a lower payroll-tax rate for the duration of 2012, extends federal unemployment benefits, and ... Read more. globe image indicates link to outside news item


Feb 21, 2012 - Army Leaders discuss changes in proposed budget 14 Feb on The Pentagon Channel video ... View the Video on PentagonChannel. globe image indicates link to outside news item


Health Fraud Scams

Feb 16, 2012 -- Health fraud scams refer to products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure diseases or other health conditions, but are not proven safe and effective ... Read more.


Blue Cross Blue Shield/Mary Washington Healthcare Reach Agreement

Feb 1, 2012 -- Mary Washington Healthcare is again a provider with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.    DoD was informed Jan. 3, 2012, that Blue Cross/Blue Shield had notified employees living in the Fredericksburg & Stafford, VA areas that Mary Washington Healthcare would no longer be preferred providers. This has changed effective Feb 1, 2012 ... Read more. globe image indicates link to outside news item


African American/Black History Month - "Black Women in American History and Culture" - Feb. 2012

Jan 26, 2012 - We are grateful for the sacrifices and contributions African American Women, Soldiers, Civilians and Families have played in our success. We encourage the entire Army Family to honor publicly their contributions ... Read more. icon indicates file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view


Chief of Staff - "Marching Orders"

Jan 17, 2012 - Over the past 236 years, the United States Army has proudly served the Nation by winning its wars and securing the peace. Our history is marked by decisive action in a wide range of missions - including regular and irregular warfare, humanitarian assistance operations, engagement with allies to build partners ... Read more. icon indicates file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view


Celebrating Martin Luther King Day - "Remember, Celebrate, Act! A Day On, Not a Day Off!"

Jan 10, 2012 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the driving forces behind the American Civil Rights Movement and remains an iconic figure in the world today ... Read more. icon indicates file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view


Thrift Savings Plan Catch Up Contributions

Jan 06, 2012 - Federal employees who participate in the Thrift Savings Plan and will turn age 50 during the year are eligible to make TSP "Catch-up contributions", supplemental tax-deferred contributions Read more.


Wellness - The EAP can help!

Dec 20, 2011 - When employees are experiencing on-going or overwhelming problems related to stress, family, emotional, alcohol or drug use, financial or other concerns, the EAP can help. Talking things over with a professional counselor can often provide a step in the right direction ... Read more.


Dec 14, 2011 - ASA(M&RA) memorandum dated Dec 5, - subject: Leadership Endorsement and Training on Executive Order (E.O.) 13522 - Creating Labor-Management Forums. In the memo, the ASA(M&RA) expresses his interest in ensuring compliance with the EO and ... Read more.


2011 Army Professional Campaign Survey II

Dec 8, 2011 - The Army Research Institute randomly selected Soldiers and Army civilians to participate in a survey to assess the state of the Army profession after 10 years of persistent conflict. Soldiers and Army civilians can still participate ... Read more.


What to Expect When You Retire

Dec 7, 2011 - Federal employees retiring in December 2011 or January 2012, are encouraged to carefully evaluate their financial status to ensure they have sufficient financial resources ... Read more.


'Spirit of Hope' recipient volunteers in memory of son

Giving of her talents and spirit defines the life and essence of this year's Army recipient of the Spirit of Hope award, Janice Bridges, who heads an Adopt-A-Soldier program and provides sports wheelchairs to wounded warriors ... Read more


Army Civilian employee receives 2010 Spirit of Hope Award

Nov 15, 2011 - Ms. Janice Bridges from White Sands Missile Range was the Army recipient of the 2010 Spirit of Hope award at the Pentagon Nov. 15, 2011. Her story is really amazing and inspiring.
 
 
 

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Federal Benefits Open Season is here!

Nov 14, 2011 - The Federal Benefits Open Season began Monday, 14 November 2011 and runs through midnight on Monday, 12 December 2011. Read more


U.S. Army Europe to cut more than 1,000 civilian jobs

Nov 8, 2011 - The U.S. Army in Europe will cut more than 1,000 civilian jobs in the next year in what's expected to be just the first round of reductions amid stark budgetary times and as two wars wind down ... Read more (+ video)


FY14 Army Congressional Fellowship Program

Call for nominations for the FY14 ACFP ... Read more.


FY12 Senior Leader Seminar Course

Call for civilian nominations for FY12 SLS ... Read more.


ABC-C Unavailable October 26, 2011

Due to the installation of hardware upgrade, the Army Benefits Center, the automated telephone system, and the Employee Benefits Information System (EBIS) will not be available on Wednesday, 26 October 2011, from 1200 CT to approximately 1800 CT.


OPM 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results

Oct 19, 2011 This report includes information from the ANNUAL EMPLOYEE SURVEY. The survey measures employees' perceptions of whether, and to what extent, conditions which characterize successful organizations are present in Army ... Read more.


USAJOBS users experiencing delays/problems

Oct 18, 2011 - USAJOB is experiencing unusual software and hardware problems resulting from their recent upgrade to USAJOBS 3.0. ... Read more.


Supervisor Development Course (SDC) Enrollment:
Mandatory Supervisor Training for All Supervisors

Oct 13, 2011 -If you haven't taken the class in the last 3 years, you need to. (CURRENT SUPERVISORS MUST TAKE THE COURSE AS REFRESHER TRAINING EVERY THREE YEARS. ALL SUPERVISORS MUST BE UP TO DATE NLT ... Read more.


Federal Leave Year

Oct 4, 2011 - This year is an unusual one in that the leave year for most Federal employees ends on the same day as the calendar year - December 31, 2011. Read more.


EBIS login to require CAC on Oct 3rd

Effective 3 Oct 2011, the Employee Benefit Information System (EBIS) will deploy the CAC enabling requirement. Read more.


CLIMB will be down for Maintenance

The Civilian Leader Improvement Battery (CLIMB) application is being taken down for maintenance. Read more.


OPM to overhaul USAJobs

Sept 16, 2011 OPM: USAJOBS scheduled to close October 6-12, 2011 to transition to the new USAJOBS 3.0. Read more.


Patriot Day 2011: Honoring the 9/11 Generation

September 11, 2011 marks ten years since the worst terrorist attack in our Nation's history. As we remember the 2,974 people who died that day... let us also pay tribute to our Armed Forces and their Families ... Read more.


Senior Leaders are Saying

7 Sep 2011 Our Army family continues to feel the stresses and strains of almost a decade of continuous operations abroad and at home ... The Army is renewing our emphasis on prevention, health and resilience ... Read more.


The Delegation of Authority Matrix

17 Aug 2011 - Updated! The Office of the ASA(M&RA) and the AG-1 CP worked together to develop a new matrix that identifies and links documents for 27 delegation of authorities, references, special instructions and ... Read more.


OPM offers new tool: HR University (HRU)

17 Aug 2011 - HRU is designed to advance the development of all federal Human Resources (HR) professionals ... building the skills, competencies, and knowledge of the HR workforce has been a top priority for the CHCO Council and the broader HR community. ... Read more.


Joseph McDade Briefs Army Civilians

Joseph McDade, Army Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff G-1, briefs Army civilians on Civilian Workforce Transformation
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Harvard U. Program for Senior Executive Fellow

11 Aug 2011 - Just a reminder that the application packages for the first session of the Harvard University Program for Senior Executive Fellows is due to HRMD by 17 August 2011. ... Read more.


The Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Service Award

4 Aug 2011 - This year the Army has the lead in coordinating and executing this award ceremony. The ceremony will take place at the Pentagon Auditorium on 26 September 2011 ... Read more.


CPMS Is Now DCPAS!

25 July 2011 - Civilian Personnel Policy (CPP) and the Civilian Personnel Management Service (CPMS) have reorganized to meet the needs of our customers more effectively. CPMS now has a new name-Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service (DCPAS).   Read more.


Former JCS chief Shalikashvili dies

23 July 2011 - Retired Army Gen. John Shalikashvili, has died at age 75, the Army said in a statement. Shalikashvili, the first foreign-born chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died Saturday morning at Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington state ...   Read more.


Fraud or Abuse Under FECA?

July 14, 2011 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a Press Release requesting that anyone with information regarding fraud or abuse under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) contact GAO directly at workerscompfraud@gao.gov.   Read more.


Issues contacting AG-1 CP after E-mail Migration?

27 June 2011, AG-1 CP at the Hoffman Complex has migrated to the DISA Enterprise E-mail (EE). The migration was accomplished with a 92% success rate for the initial migration.   Read more.


FY10 Army Attitude Survey

27 June 2011 - The results of the Armywide Civilian Personnel Attitude Survey are in, and the final group of reports have just been posted to CPOL!   Read more.


The William H. Kushnick, John W. Macy, Jr., and Nick Hoge Awards

12 May, 2011 Pictures and information of the award winners from the ceremony held in the Pentagon Auditorium for the 2010 winners. The Secretary of the Army sponsors these events annually.   Read more.


2010 PACE Award Winners

5 May, 2011 Lt. Col. Patrick L. Walden, a senior acquisition program analyst with the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, and Daisy P. Crowley, a human resources specialist with the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, were the recipients of the 2010 Pace Award.   Read more.


2011 Secretary of the Army Awards

15 Mar, 2011 Pictures and information of the award winners from the presentation of the Secretary of the Army Awards held on March 15, 2011   Read more.