News from State Human Resources
Registration open: You're invited to the 2023 WA State DEI Empowerment Conference in June
Please join us at the 2023 Washington State Employee’s DEI Empowerment Conference.
Public Service Recognition Week May 7-13: In-person multi-agency events return to Olympia, Spokane and Tri-Cities
The first week of May is for recognizing the great work and service that public employees provide for Washingtonians. This year, in-person cross-agency events are back — join us in celebrating state employees at the Capitol Campus, in Spokane, in the Tri-Cities and at T-Mobile Park.
Presenter information sessions for the 2023 DEI Empowerment Conference
Join us for a live online information session if you have questions or would like to know more about being a presenter at the conference:
Call for presentations for the upcoming 2023 DEI Empowerment Conference in June
Call for nominations: 2023 Public Service Recognition Awards
Do you know a state employee or manager who consistently excels beyond expectations? In the spirit of recognizing such service, OFM is asking you to nominate state government and higher education employees and teams for one of the awards below. Nominations close Sunday, Feb. 26, and awards will be announced on May 9 as part of Public Service Recognition Week.
|10/21/2022||You can now view and request changes to your telework and flextime in MyPortal|
|06/22/2022||2023-25 budget instructions|
|05/17/2022||Register now - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit 2022 to be held Tuesdays in June|
Celebrating state employees May 1-7, 2022
The first week of May is when we celebrate public employees for their great work and service to the public.
While there will be no in-person, multi-agency event in Olympia this year, there will be in-person events in Spokane and the Tri-Cities. OFM is also offering several online presentations on state employee benefits and business resource groups, and it will hold these events in partnership with the Seattle Mariners and Tacoma Rainiers.
Call for nominations: 2022 Public Service Recognition Awards
Do you know a state employee or manager who consistently excels beyond expectations? In the spirit of recognizing such service, OFM is asking you to nominate state government and higher education employees and teams for one of the awards below. Nominations close Monday, Feb. 28, and awards will be announced on May 4 as part of Public Service Recognition Week.
State employee vaccination verification data - Jan. 12, 2022
We have been gathering data from state agencies affected by the governor’s vaccination mandate to show how many employees have completed COVID-19 vaccination verification, how many have requested and received exemptions and accommodations, and how many have been separated due to no longer meeting the conditions of employment.
|10/18/2021||Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/WA Cares Fund employee premium|
|09/01/2021||2022-23 tentative agreements|
|05/26/2021||Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery Guide for State Agencies [PDF]|
State Auditor’s Office data security incident
We recently learned that someone may have gained unauthorized access to personal information for more than 1 million Washingtonians, including many state employees. The data breach involved Accellion, a private software service provider the State Auditor’s Office was using to transfer data. Accellion, the Auditor’s Office and law enforcement are investigating the incident.
Guidance for state agency employers when updating an employee’s electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) information
Information for state employees regarding payroll direct deposit
Notify your payroll office if you choose to make changes to your banking information and use this form:
If you decide to make a change, here are some things to note:
|01/15/2021||Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery guide for state agencies [PDF]|
|05/21/2020||Hiring freeze Q&A|
Gov. Inslee issues directive to state agencies to freeze hiring, personal service contracts and equipment purchases
Gov. Jay Inslee issued a directive to executive and small cabinet agencies today to freeze all hiring, personal service contracts and equipment purchases. The directive aims to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Washington's economy and financial outlook.
|04/09/2020||COVID-19 telework policy memorandum (updated)|
|03/24/2020||New federal COVID-19 leave laws and how they apply to state employees|
|03/20/2020||Emergency telework guidance and resources|
|03/15/2020||Coronavirus - HR guidance for state agencies|
New IT Professional Structure Governance Committee meets
The newly established ITPS Governance Committee held its first meeting on Jan. 28, 2020. This IT & HR joint governance committee is a first-of-its-kind collaboration to help manage the state's IT workforce.
|01/21/2020||2020 Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management nominations due March 9, 2020|
|01/21/2020||New directive requires state organizations to develop or update their workforce diversity plans [PDF]|
Faster, more efficient and more secure: Washington state’s business systems will get some major tech updates
Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed an executive order that directs Washington state agencies to update many of the state’s technology systems — some of them from the dinosaur era, in computer years. These systems help the state continue uninterrupted services to Washingtonians and are overdue for important and more current technology updates.
|12/10/2019||See all statewide workforce DEI events in one calendar|
Lunch and Learn sessions offer collaboration opportunity for state HR community
|05/21/2019||New IT classification & compensation restructure to take effect July 1|
2018 State Employee Engagement Survey results
This message from Governor Jay Inslee was sent out to all state employees on April 9, 2019:
Dear Fellow State Employee,
|03/19/2019||Status of IT classification & compensation restructure - March 2019 update|
New support website for HRMS users
WaTech and OFM are very excited to announce the launch of the HRMS Support Hub website, designed to create a user-friendly support experience for our Human Resource Management System (HRMS) professional user community.
|07/12/2018||Q&A related to the Janus decision by the U.S. Supreme Court|
|06/14/2018||Inslee honors 20 state government managers for outstanding performance|
Results are in — 2017 Employee Engagement Survey
This message from Governor Jay Inslee was sent out to all state employees on April 10, 2018:
Dear fellow state employee,
|03/20/2018||We answer your questions about the IT classification & compensation restructure|
|01/19/2018||Status update on the IT classification and compensation restructure|
Update on IT classification implementation
During July and August 2017 Statewide IT Position Evaluation teams evaluated over 4,000 IT position descriptions for placement in the new IT classification structure. The project team is currently working with agency and institution HR offices to validate the initial evaluation results. Additionally, scheduling of evaluations is in process for a number of positions that did not go through the evaluation process conducted during the formal evaluation sessions this summer.
Employment verification and W-2s
If you're looking to verify employment of workers from state agencies, or get information about W-2s, please contact the employing agency HR office.
Changes to HR.wa.gov
Between February and August 2016, we're making some changes to the HR.wa.gov website. Much of the content on the site will be moved to the websites of the three agencies that now carry out state HR services and policy functions.
HR.wa.gov will become a portal site to make sure you can still find the services and information you need. We'll also ensure that the links you currently use still get you to the right place.
Where will content move to?
This list will be updated as we complete the move for each section:
Gov. Inslee honors 22 state government managers for excellence in leadership
Gov. Jay Inslee today honored state agency managers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership. The 2016 Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management was presented to 22 recipients at an awards luncheon at the Executive Residence.
This year’s recipients were recognized for a wide range of accomplishments, including work to save taxpayer dollars, improve communications with local governments, small businesses and the public, and protect public health.