Take the Time to Check Your Official Personnel Folder
Every federal employee should make time to check their Official Personnel Folder (OPF) at least once a year. We also recommend you download a complete copy (it is an option). Since most agencies have transitioned to the Electronic version (E-OPF), doing so no longer requires an unwelcome trip to Human Resources and dealing with uninviting clerks. Follow your agency instructions (contact your local HR if needed) to access your E-OPF or visit the Official Personnel Management (OPM) E-OPF portal log-in at this link: https://eopf.nbc.gov/opm/eOPF%20Splash.aspx
What Goes in Your OPF
- Documents showing your Federal appointment was valid (Examples: the Appointment Affidavit; the Declaration for Federal Employment).
- Verification of your military service credit for leave, reduction-in-force, or retirement (Examples: the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty; the Military Service Deposit Election).
- Documents establishing your employment history – your grades, occupations and pay (Example: the Standard Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action).
- Record of your choices under Federal benefits programs (Examples: the Health Benefits Registration Form; the Designation of Beneficiary under the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program).
Important Note: If you separate from the agency, for any reason, you will lose access to your Electronic OPF. Therefore, for example, if the agency proposes your removal, we recommend you immediately download a full copy prior to the agency decision (in the event it does not go your way).
- E-OPF Help Desk: e-mail address is email@example.com or you can also call them at (866) 275-8518.
- OPM Guide to record keeping with details concerning what goes in your folder and what does not.
- How we can help.
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