OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT
1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20415-0001
Phone, 202-606-1800. Internet, www.opm.gov.
Director Kay Coles James
Deputy Director Dan G. Blair
Chief of Staff Paul Conway
Senior Advisor for Homeland Security Steven Cohen
Program Director for E-Govt Initiatives Norman Enger
Program Director, Federal Prevailing Rate Mary Rose
Inspector General Patrick E. McFarland
Director, Office of Congressional Relations John C. Gartland
Associate Director, Strategic Human Resources Ronald Sanders
Associate Director, Human Resources Products and Stephen Benowitz
Associate Director, Human Capital and Merit Marta Brito Perez
Director, Communications and Public Liaison Scott Hatch
Assocaite Director, Management and Chief Clarence Crawford
General Counsel Mark A. Robbins
The Office of Personnel Management administers a merit system to ensure compliance with personnel laws and regulations and assists agencies in recruiting, examining, and promoting people on the basis of their knowledge and skills, regardless of their race, religion, sex, political influence, or other nonmerit factors. Its role is to provide guidance to agencies in operating human resources programs which effectively support their missions and to provide an array of personnel services to applicants and employees. The Office supports Government program managers in their human resources management responsibilities and provide benefits to employees, retired employees, and their survivors.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was created as an independent establishment by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1978 (5 U.S.C. app.), pursuant to Executive Order 12107 of December 28, 1978. Many of the functions of the former United States Civil Service Commission were transferred to OPM.
Employee Benefits OPM also manages numerous activities that directly affect the well-being of the Federal employee and indirectly enhance employee effectiveness. These include health benefits,life insurance,and retirement benefits.
Examining and Staffing The Office of Personnel Management is responsible for providing departments and agencies with technical assistance and guidance in examining competitive positions in the Federal civil service for General Schedule grades 1 through 15 and Federal Wage system positions. In addition, OPM is responsible for the following duties:
--providing testing and examination services, at the request of an agency, on a reimbursable basis;
--establishing basic qualification standards for all occupations;...