FPMI's Federal Management Institute (FMI) recently won two new contracts:
- The U.S. Department of Education has chosen FMI to create an HR Certificate program for HR Specialists.
- The Commodities Futures Trading Commission has chosen FMI to provide customized courses for supervisory training.
FPMI has primary
offices in both the Washington, DC and Huntsville, AL areas. We are pleased to
announce that we have been recognized in Huntsville for our book publishing:
Program Honors the Achievement
FPMI has been
selected for the 2012 Best of Huntsville Award in the Publishing Books category
by the Huntsville Award Program.
Each year, the
Huntsville Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved
exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category.
These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business
through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional
companies help make the Huntsville area a great place to live, work and play.
of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each
category. The 2012 Huntsville Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity.
Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the
Huntsville Award Program and data provided by third parties.
Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and
accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Huntsville area. Recognition
is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best
practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and
Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our
community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade
groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing
groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s
contributions to the U.S. economy.
permission. Huntsville Award Program, www.awardprogram.org,
FPMI Solutions recently won several new contracts:
- U.S. Department of Agriculture – organizational development services
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – organizational development services
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – training programs, as a member of the SRA Team
- State of Delaware – training programs, as a member of the Elevate USA Team
FPMI Solutions is a member of the CTEC Corporation team chosen by the U.S. Department of Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command to provide classification support services.
The U.S. Department of Education has chosen FPMI to provide classification services.
CyberFEDS visited our conference earlier this month and published the articles below based on two of our sessions:
Reach out to wide variety of candidates; show employees opportunities to grow
JUNE 12 -- In today’s environment, it is important for agencies to reach out to a broad candidate pool when filling positions and to do everything in their power to retain top performers once they are hired, according to a panel of experts from the Fish and Wildlife Service.
One way to do this is to manage positions differently and consider whether they need to be filled at the same level or whether they could be suitable for a career ladder.
Advertising for a GS-13 accountant position, for example, might not draw as diverse an applicant pool as a GS-7 or 9 accountant, said Paul Rauch, deputy assistant director for business management and operations at FWS.
“Of course, not all positions may be suitable for career ladder and it may be initially harder for the hiring manager than hiring someone who has the prerequisite skills right away,” he said. “But even though there is a learning curve, the career ladder candidates often make up for it with energy and a willingness to learn.”
Agencies can also get some initial salary savings since the candidates are brought in at a lower level, he said, so “the important thing is to weigh all your options.”
And don’t forget about employees once they are hired. Make sure to provide them with a variety of experiences and not “pigeonhole” them in a particular job, Rauch said.
“This allows them to see opportunities to grow within the organization and expand their knowledge base,” he said during the FPMI’s Human Capital Management Conference and Expo.
Labor-management: Get employee feedback with electronic message boards
JUNE 8 -- To get employees to engage in labor-management forums as required by Executive Order 13522, agencies “can’t be static, must embrace change, and must be open” to how technology changes the way individuals work and interact, said Carol Waller Pope, chairman of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, at the FPMI 2012 Human Capital Management Conference.
The key to success is communication, where the employee has the opportunity to be heard, she explained. For example, “a newsletter can't be the only form of communication” because although it provides information, it does not give employees an avenue to provide feedback, Pope explained.
But a town hall meeting would do both—provide information and hopefully generate feedback, she added. However, a town hall meeting that does not generate questions or other feedback from employees would not be sufficient, Pope said.
In one such case, the solution was an electronic message board where employees could anonymously post questions about the information received at the town hall meeting, Pope said. Only then did management finally get feedback from employees.
“The first year with the message board improved the effectiveness of the town hall, and the electronic board now also serves as a suggestion board.”
Reprinted with permission from cyberFEDS®, 360 Hiatt Dr., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418. Copyright. All rights reserved. For more information on cyberFEDS®, visit www.cyberfeds.com or call 1-800-341-7874.
Earlier this year, FPMI’s Employee Resource & Information Center (ERIC) was awarded the 2011 Project Management Institute-NAC Project Excellence Award. The award ceremony was featured in a recent article in Who's Who in Huntsville Technology Magazine.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
PMI-NAC Annual Project Management Excellence Awards
On February 4, 2012, the North Alabama Chapter of the Project Management Institute held the annual Project Management Excellence Awards to honor outstanding Project Managers and recognize the 2011 Project of the Year.
The award for 2011 Project of the Year was presented to FPMI Solutions, Inc. for its Government Accountability Office (GAO) Employee Resource and Information Center (ERIC), Tom Swerdzewski, Project Manager. In March of 2010, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) awarded FPMI with a contract to provide human resources support services. GAO had an overwhelming need for a human resource support center capable of supporting its more than 3,600 employees located throughout the United States. In response to this need, FPMI implemented its multi-faceted human resources customer support center known as the Employee Resource and Information Center (ERIC) located in Madison, AL.
|Tom Swerdzewski, Chief Shared Services Officer, accepted the award.|
ERIC served as a single point of contact for all GAO headquarters and field office managers, supervisors, employees, and potential new hires to obtain human resource products and services. GAO employees contacted ERIC via e-mail, fax, or telephone and received immediate response to inquiries and requests regarding staffing, benefits (FEHB-Health Benefits, FEGLI-Life insurance, TSP- Thrift Savings Plan), employment verifications, SF-75 requests for preliminary data, debt management, time and attendance, leave and earnings statements, payroll inquiries, etc.
Excerpt and photograph posted with permission from Who’s Who, Inc.
PMI-NAC Annual Project Management Excellence Awards (2012). Who's Who in Huntsville Technology, Issue 14, Spring/Summer 2012, page 28.
The full magazine is available here.
FPMI has been awarded a contract with the Architect of the Capitol for classification services.
FPMI has been awarded a one year contract with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Marketing and Regulatory Programs(MRP), Human Resources Division (HRD), located in Minneapolis, Minnesota for temporary assistance with classification and staffing support.
Julia Akins Clark, General Counsel, Federal Labor Relations Authority, led an informative session at our conference on Tuesday, June 5th. Her talk and subsequent interview, are currently featured on the Federal News Radio. Read and listen here.
Our conference begins next Tuesday, June 5th with pre-conference sessions on the 4th! Join us for the latest insights and hot topics on Human Resources, Employee Relations, Labor Relations and EEO. If you haven’t already registered, there’s still time. Please visit our conference website for details and registration information.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has chosen the BNL, Inc. team to provide human resources and program administration support services. FPMI will be providing support to BNL as a subcontractor on the program.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has chosen FPMI Solutions to provide technical and administrative support services for the U.S. EPA Human Resources Shared Service Centers.
FPMI Solutions, Inc. has been awarded the Project Excellence Award for its Employee Resource & Information Center (ERIC) supporting the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
This award, presented by the Project Management Institute’s North Alabama Chapter, recognizes "individuals and projects representing a commitment to the best practices in Project Management and exemplifying qualities of an excellent Project Manager." The ERIC team, located in Huntsville, Alabama, received the award at a recent Project Management Institute ceremony.
Stephen Moffett, President of FPMI Solutions, states, "I want to congratulate and thank the GAO ERIC team and Project Manager, Tom Swerdzewski. It was their outstanding hard work, dedication and consistent focus on sound quality management practices that made this award possible."
The U.S. Navy has chosen FPMI, as a subcontractor to RGS, Inc., to provide learning services to their NAVSEA Mid-Level Management Program. The award includes design, development and delivery of a blended learning solution.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Vendor Management Branch has chosen FPMI, as a subcontractor to PerformTech, to provide supervisory and management training to the U.S. Department of Defense Civilian Personnel Management Service.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has chosen FPMI to provide human resources and administrative support services.
As a subcontractor to the Franklin Maxwell Group, FPMI will provide a range of human resources services to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA).
The U.S. Department of Education has chosen FPMI to provide a Human Resources Management Certificate Program through our Learning Services department, the Federal Management Institute.
The U.S. Department of Labor has chosen FPMI to support the DOL’s ID Badging Process.
The U.S. Department of Education has chosen FPMI to provide HR Services support, including FLSA, position classification and training programs.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has chosen FPMI to provide employee relations support. FPMI will provide a broad range of services, advice and counsel.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has chosen FPMI to provide a wide range of human resources support.