OPM Chief’s Memo Details Year’s High Points

December 23, 2011

For federal employees, 2011 has been a year of repeated attempts to further undercut their compensation and reduce their number, not to mention the current two-year freeze on basic pay that goes through 2012. Perhaps that's why Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry says "people always ask me: 'Why the smile?' "

He explained in this year-end, self-congratulatory internal memo to the OPM staff:

My answer is two-fold. First, I am thankful for the countless blessings of a loving God, and second, I get to work with the most passionate, caring and committed people in the world – Federal employees – who every day make our nation better and brighter. 

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