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What's Happening?

Governor's Honor Award Nominations Open Soon
Governor Northam will present awards in 11 categories in September to recognize state employees for excellence. Entries will be accepted from agencies beginning July 8.  See details,including Frequently Asked Questions and Categories.

Governor Honors Long Time Employees for State Service
In the first event of its kind, Governor Northam presented service awards to employees in Southwest Virginia with 40 or more years of service.  See list of honorees and press release.

Coping Strategies
To assist in dealing with the recent tragedy in Virginia Beach, here are helpful resources and tools for agencies and employees.

Free Admission to VMFA Tibetan Exhibit
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond is offering free admission to state employees, preschool and K–12 teachers (public and private), as well as active- duty military personnel and their immediate families, to Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment, through August 18, 2019.

2020 Pay and Holiday Calendar Published
View Commonwealth pay dates and holidays for next year here.

Additional Holiday Time Granted
Governor Northam has announced that 8 hours of additional leave will be provided to eligible employees on July 5.  See the updated 2019 Pay and Holiday Calendar.

Revision Addendum Published for FY 2019 Compensation Activities
Information is now available on the Compensation Memos web page.

Workforce Planning & Development Report Template Posted Online
View the standardized format for reporting on succession planning by secretariat and statewide. See more.

What can agencies do to increase efficiencies in the hiring process, reduce days to hire, and increase talent acquisition success?  Check out these tools!

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What Are People Doing?
19 DOF employees and guests treated to a Canal Cruise in Richmond.
Department of Forestry Celebrates: During Virginia Public Service Week, 19 DOF employees from across Virginia and their guests were treated to a Canal Cruise in Richmond. The activities allowed our executive team to reflect on 605 years of combined dedicated service via employee milestones of  25 years, 30 years, 35 years and 40 years of Commonwealth service. The delicious Service Awards Luncheon was hosted by Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry Ring and State Forester Farrell at 23rd & Main.

See more photos of "What People are Doing"


List of Events

July 1 - 31 - OnTheSquareVA Calendar of Events

July 16 -  11:00 a.m. - Executive Mansion Tours for state employees. Register here.

July 16 & 18 - 10:00 a.m. Tuesdays and 12:15 p.m. Thursdays, OnTheSquare - Anywhere Walking Club.  Capitol Square group meets at the Civil Rights Memorial in front of the Executive Mansion.

July 17 -  6:00 a.m. - OnTheSquareVA Capitol Run, start and finish at entrance to the Capitol Visitor's Center (10th and Bank Streets). Sign up required.

July 18
 - 5:15 p.m.- YogaOnTheSquare, Capitol Lawn on the east side of the Portico. Registration required.

July 24 - Deadline to purchase state employee discount tickets to the Richmond Jazz Festival

Aug. 10 - 6:05 p.m. - Commonwealth of Virginia Night at the Diamond (Gates Open at 5:00 p.m.)

Aug. 18 - Final day of free admission for state employees to Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

Oct. 20
- Commonwealth of Virginia Day, Washington Redskins, FedEx Field, Hyattsville, MD