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icon for US Army ALTESS CISD ALTESS, CPOL's Datacenter facility, will be performing their Quarterly Planned Maintenance (QPM) beginning 10:00PM EST Friday Aug 1st, and is scheduled to conclude at 9:00AM EST Sunday Aug 3rd, 2014.
As a result, ABC-C, CPOL, CPMRS, CivTracks, CivTracks-Reports, DCOPS, iComplaints, Overseas Entitlement Tracker (OET), RECONalysis, and Regional Web Pages will be UNAVAILABLE. Thank you for your understanding.


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri July 18 through Sun June 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 article on Army dot Mil website July 3, 2014 - Hurricane season arrives! Hurricane Arthur kicked off the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season along the US eastern seaboard, July 3rd. 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


image of Fireworks exploding over the Washington Monument The United States declared its independence 238 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 2014 TriSigned memo



Link to CP10 Newsletter PDF June 27 - The Career Program 10 Newsletter   Welcome to our second 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!


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri June 20 through Sun June 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.


June 14, 2014 - U.S. Army Birthday!
On 14 June 1775, the US Army was founded when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of riflemen to serve the United Colonies. This year, the US Army celebrates its 239th birthday - we celebrate 239 Years of Our Profession.
Army.Mil Article  |  Trisigned Memo


Link to USAJobs.gov On Sat. June 14, 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 KMH Awards The 2014 William H. Kushnick, John W. Macy, Jr., and Nick Hoge Award Winners
We are pleased to announce the Awards Ceremony will be Monday 9 June 2014 - 10AM at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes, with a banquet that evening hosted by AG-1 CP Jay Aronowitz...    BTW, the 2014 William H. Kushnick Award was won by AG1CP's own David Helmer!    Read more.


Link to USAJobs.gov On Saturday June 07, 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 Executive Handbook June 2, 2014 - The Executive Handbook Quarterly Snapshot of the Army Civilian Workforce (Fiscal Quarter Ending Mar 2014) - Army Civilian Personnel Strength, Gains/Losses and Demographic data by Quarter and Annual views!    Read More!


icon for US Army EEO Anti-Harassment Training Announcement
The Army is committed to ensuring a workplace environment free from discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual assault.    Read more.


icon for KMH Awards The 2014 William H. Kushnick, John W. Macy, Jr., and Nick Hoge Award Winners
We are pleased to announce the Awards Ceremony will be Monday 9 June 2014 - 10AM at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes, with a banquet that evening hosted by AG-1 CP Jay Aronowitz...    BTW, the 2014 William H. Kushnick Award was won by AG1CP's own David Helmer!    Read more.


Link to article on Nat'l Safety Month on Army.mil June 2014 - National Safety Month, observed each June, offers Army leaders a prime opportunity to energize their accident prevention efforts and engage their Soldiers on safety. The annual event is endorsed and recognized as an official Army observance by senior Army leadership.    Read more.


icon for GoArmyEd GoArmyEd - now for use by DA Civilians. Since 2006, GoArmyEd.com has been the Army's enterprise system for the delivery of educational support and tuition assistance to all soldiers, and now includes support for education and training funds to all DA Civilians, anytime, anywhere.    Read More


image showing a field of grave stones at Arlington National Cemetery May 26, 2014 - 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 16 through Sun May 18 - 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.


04-10 May - Public Service Recognition Week  "Army Civilians Vital to the Army Profession"   Army Civilians are an integral part of the Army team and ensure the readiness and well-being of Soldiers and their Families. Even as Army Civilians endured disruption and hardship during last year's furlough, they remained committed to the mission. These actions alone command the utmost respect and appreciation of the entire Nation ...    Read more.


Link to article on Nat'l Military Appreciation Month on Army.mil May 2014 - National Military Appreciation Month, The Month leads with Military Spouse Day, celebrated (May 9th) the Friday before Mother's Day, and followed with a series of activities and celebrations leading up to Memorial Day Monday May 26th.   Find events and read more.


icon for US Army May 2-4, 2014 - CPOL's Datacenter facility will be performing their Quarterly Planned Maintenance (QPM) beginning 10:00PM EST Fri May 2nd, through 9:00AM EST Sun May 4th.    As a result, CPMRS, Regional Web Pages, ABC-C, CPOL Portal, Overseas Entitlement Tracker (OET), CivTracks, CivTracks-Reports, DCOPS, RECONalysis, and iComplaints will be UNAVAILABLE.    An update will be provided once the QPM has concluded. Thank you for your understanding.


Link to USAJobs.gov On Saturday May 03, 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


Crystal Trophy presented to AG1CP's own Daisy Crowley    The Theodore Roosevelt Award is presented each year to the best workers compensation program in the federal government. A competition is held each year, and the winner is selected by a panel of compensation experts and previous winners. A crystal trophy, is presented to the winning agency ...    Read more.


icon for CPOL Employee Portal PORTAL DOWNTIME: Fri Apr 25 through Sun Apr 27 - 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.


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.army.mil/sharp


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!   




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