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Dear Friends,

Recently, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a May 1, 2015 Memorandum, stating that we are discontinuing the practice of issuing memoranda regarding whether conferences qualify as a training activity. We did so to make clear that agencies are responsible for their employees’ training and development as provided by the statute and regulations, 5 U.S.C. chapter 41 and 5 CFR Part 410. (…) We further “encourage[d] agencies to continue to consider professional training organizations and affinity groups as a source of training.” Please note that, OPM, as well as other Federal agencies, support affinity groups by providing our expert training on a host of topics related to career development, as well as other topics.

As a reminder, the 2011 Government-Wide Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, as well as the upcoming 2015 Government-Wide Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan call upon departments and agencies to support participation in employee affinity groups and utilize them to help foster a diverse, high-performing workforce. (See 2011 Plan at Priority 2.2(2); 2015 Plan at Priority 3.2.) Some our affinity groups’ training programs are listed below and attached for your reference:
June 15-18, 2015

Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE)
Treasure Island Hotel & Casino
Welch, MN
July 13-16, 2015

Federally Employed Women (FEW) National Training Program
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, LA

August 24-27, 2015

Blacks in Government (BIG) National Training Program
Hilton Orlando
Orlando, FL
September 21-24, 2015

IMAGE National Training Program
Houston Marriott Medical Center
Houston, TX

Thank you for your continued support of our affinity groups.

Veronica E. Villalobos
Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
US Office of Personnel Management