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OPM Acting Director's 2015 Combined Federal Campaign Memorandum 

Through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), our Federal family demonstrates that our shared commitment to public service extends far beyond the workplace. Last year, Federal employees participating in the CFC contributed more than $193 million to the causes they care about across the nation and around the world. And we are all better for it.

I am asking for your help in ensuring that this year’s campaign is also a success.  As a Federal employee benefit program, the CFC is available to the entire Federal workforce. With your help on the following items, we can make sure that Federal employees everywhere, no matter where they work, know how they can make a voluntary contribution and how they can help the program minimize administration costs, ensuring that more of their contributions reach people in need.

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OPM Announces Steps to protect Federal Workers and Others from Cyber Threats. 
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced the results of the interagency forensics investigation into a recent cyber incident involving Federal background investigation data and the steps it is taking to protect those impacted.  Throughout this investigation, OPM has been committed to providing information in a timely, transparent and accurate manner.  As information has become available and verifiable, the agency has updated Congress, the Inspector General, Federal employee representatives, and – most importantly – those that are affected.  Today’s announcement is the latest in this series of updates, and OPM will continue to provide additional information going forward.  

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2015 Annual Review of Special Rates (Data Call) 
This memorandum announces the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM’s) 2015 annual review of existing special rates authorized under 5 U.S.C. 5305 and 5 CFR part 530, subpart C, for certain General Schedule (GS) employees.  OPM authorizes higher rates of pay for specific occupations, grades, and locations to alleviate existing or likely significant recruitment or retention difficulties.  Under 5 CFR 530.307(a), OPM conducts periodic reviews of existing special rates to see if they should be terminated, reduced, or increased based on recent staffing considerations. 

You do not need to respond to this data call to request the default January 2016 pay adjustment for special rates, which is equal to the percentage adjustment (if any) in GS base rates in January 2016.  However, you must respond to this data call if requesting (1) any January 2016 increase in special rates different from the default adjustment or (2) the reduction or termination of a special rate schedule to take effect in January 2016.


Additional Guidance on Advancing Pay Equality in the Federal Government 
In April 2014, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a report, " Govermentwide Strategy on Advancing Pay Equality in the Federal Government" at the direction of President Obama in his May 2013 memorandum Advancing Pay Equality in the Federal Government and Learning from Successful Practices.”  

In our Governmentwide strategy, we committed to working with agencies to determine where guidance may be needed on the use of General Schedule pay-setting flexibilities and on conducting gender data analysis.  This memorandum transmits our new guidance and summarizes other recent OPM activities related to commitments made in the Governmentwide strategy.

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