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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 51th 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


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Jan 23 through Sun Jan 25 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend Production systems will go down starting Friday at 5:00 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.


image of the letters DCPDS against a globe DCPDS will be unavailable from 0600 CST on Friday, 09 January 2015 through Sunday, 11 January 2015, due to the enormous system resources required to process the GS pay adjustments, It should become available again by start of business Monday, 12 January. Users will be kept informed if there are any changes. If an emergency arises, contact your Servicing Personnel Advisory Center.


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.


Welcome to 2015!   


Link to EAP news Story December: When employees experience 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 to resolve the issues ...    Read more


Link to the CHR Awards Memo The William H. Kushnick Award, the John W. Macy, Jr., Award, and the Nick Hoge Award Calendar Year 2014 Nomination Deadline. We hereby announce the call for nominations for these Awards. Both Civilian and military workforces are highly encouraged to begin preparing their nomination packages, to be submitted no later than COB Thursday 12 Feb 2015
Read the memo here   |   Find out More about the Awards


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Dec 12 through Sun Dec 14 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend   NOTE: Production systems will go down starting Friday at 5:00 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 2014 Federal Employment Open Season is from Nov 10 to Dec 08, 2014 for Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). There is no regularly scheduled open season for FEGLI.
Visit the ABC-C website to learn more


Link to Pentagon Winter Alert news item Winter Preparedness 2015    In addition to unseasonably cold temperatures from the Polar Vortex, the National Weather Service is predicting higher-than-normal precipitation. With winter rapidly approaching, now is the time to winterize your home and car and update your vehicle emergency kit to combat the hazards of the season.    Read more - Be Winter Ready


MyBizPlus Image Introducing MyBiz+    The place to go for employee HR information and employment verification. The design is intuitive and interactive and the displays can be personalized. Check out the Fact Sheet, Hand-out and Captivate tutorial for additional information ...    
Login to the Portal to read more on the Reference Library!


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Nov 21 through Sun Nov 23 - Monthly Maintenance Weekend   NOTE: 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 Veterans Day information November 11, 2014   World War I began a century ago in Europe. Frank Buckles, the last living American WWI Veteran, died in 2011 at the age of 110. It was the sacrifice of he and of his fellow service members that inspired the holiday. Originally known as Armistice Day to honor the living veterans of the First World War, Veterans Day has transformed into a national holiday of remembrance and recognition of all those who served, regardless of branch or duty status, Reserve or active component, of service members of all eras.
Read:    Veterans Day Trisigned Letter and A History of Veterans Day


icon for US Army ALTESS CISD ALTESS, CPOL's Datacenter facility, will be performing their Quarterly Planned Maintenance (QPM) Event beginning 10:00PM EST Friday Nov 7th, and scheduled to conclude 9:00AM EST Sunday Nov 9th, 2014.      As a result, ABC-C, CPOL, CPMRS, CivTracks, CivTracks-Reports, DCOPS, Overseas Entitlement Tracker (OET), RECONalysis, and Regional Web Pages will be UNAVAILABLE. Thank you for your understanding.


Link to ABC-C Federal Employment Open Season
The 2014 Federal Benefits open season for Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) will be from Nov 10 to Dec 08, 2014. There is no regularly scheduled open season for the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program.
   Read more at the ABC-C website


Link to Army Office of Energy Initiatives November is National American Indian Heritage Month, a time of reflection, as members of our community honor the immeasurable contributions of American Indians for building our Nation and supporting the Military Services. More than 20 American Indians are Medal of Honor recipients. It is also important we sincerely acknowledge the great legacy of resilience taught to us by the American Indians' painful history. ...    Read more


Link to USAJobs.gov On Sat. Nov 1st, 2014, USAJOBS will be installing Patches from 12:01 AM until 9:00 AM EST. The site will be available, however search may be unavailable for up to 90 minutes during this period. Read more.


Link to CPOL Benefits article Oct 22, 2014 - Survivor Benefits for Same Sex Married Couples    The Supreme Court ruling declaring DOMA unconstitutional means legally married same-sex spouses of federal employees are now considered eligible under various benefits programs as described in the HQDA CPAC Guidance document. To ensure that surviving same-sex spouses exercise their rights as "widows" and "widowers" under CSRS and FERS, OPM is encouraging all same-sex spouses of deceased Annuitants ...   Read More!


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Oct 17 through Sun Oct 19 - 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 Sat. Oct 18th, 2014, USAJOBS will be installing Patches from 12:01 AM until 9:00 AM EST. The site will be available, however search may be unavailable for up to 90 minutes during this period. Read more.


Link to army dot Mil article Oct 16, 2014 - Under SecArmy Carson: "Army's civilian workforce is indispensable "    Speaking at the Oct. 15 Department of the Army Civilian Luncheon, during the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, Under Secretary of the Army Brad R. Carson predicted that as the troop drawdown in Afghanistan continues, the demand for Army civilian employees there will increase. He pledged to continue support for career program development and training for civilians serving worldwide.   Read More!


image of a long row of computer servers Tue Oct 7, 2014, the CPOL Portal will undergo emergency system maintenance from 1100-1200 ET . As a result, the CPOL Portal will be UNAVAILABLE. An update will be provided once the maintenance has concluded. please contact the Systems Operation Center if you have any questions or concerns regarding this outage.


Link to CP10 Newsletter PDF Oct 2, 2014 - a new CP 10 Newsletter   Welcome to our third issue of the CP-10 Newsletter, for 4th Quarter 2014! 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 Army.mil October is Army Cybersecurity Awareness Month This is an annual campaign to increase awareness of organizational cybersecurity practices and training that will help the Army improve its overall security posture ...    Read more


Link to Army Office of Energy Initiatives October is Army Energy Action Month Effective October 1, 2014, Secretary of the Army John McHugh signed a directive to establish the Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI) - Securing Army Installations with Energy that is Clean, Reliable and Affordable. Visit their website http://www.oei.army.mil Read more


Link to Army.mil Domestic Violence Awareness Month The Domestic Violence Awareness Month honors the most important asset of the Army, the family, as they are a vital part of the nation's security through the foundation they provide to the Soldiers. ...    Read more


Link to bio and comments An Army Legend Retires
Effective 1 Oct 2014, Dr. Engin Crosby will retire after 28 years of service in the federal government. Dr. Crosby was the principal visionary and architect of two major repositories of data and complex applications. Dr. Crosby is an academic with impeccable credentials and her pioneering work underpins human capital strategic planning in the Department of Defense ...    Read More!


Link to ArmyMemo LTG McConville letter to all Civilian Corps employees LTG McConville took the helm as the Army G1 on 21 Jul. Civilian Corps shouldered heavy burdens in FY 13 with Sequestration, Furlough, Awards Cap. FY 15 brings more challenges as we work to drawdown the Active Duty Army, which will impact the Civilian Corps Please Read




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