CPAC to offer electronic viewing of OPF records
Story by: Calun Reece
1ST INF. DIV. POST
Fort Riley civilian employees now have easier access to view their Official Personnel Folders online.
The new electronic version went into effect Jan. 15 for federal employees.
Previously hard copies of OPFs were the only option, but the folders were converted to give employees the capability to search personal files quickly and when needed.
"Instead of … having to come down here and make an appointment with a (Human Resource) specialist to view your record, you will have access to just go online and see (information) that's in there yourself," said Kathy Schmidt, human resource specialist, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center.
The Office of Personnel Management took on the project to convert the paper documents into an electronic format, which can be accessed from government computers, according to Schmidt.
"Personally, I really like it because it's very convenient, and you can go in at any time," Schmidt said. "If you have any questions on anything that's in your record, you can just go in and look at your own record, rather than having to come down here."
The timeframe used to be anywhere from two or three days or up to a week before employees could view files, and now it is immediate, Schmidt said.
"It's really nice," she said, adding the new system makes it much easier and it saves paper.
Some of the benefits of the new version include enhanced portability; security of personnel records; and it eliminates the risk of losing an employee's OPF folder, she said.
Information and instructions can be found at the Civilian Personnel On-Line website, www.cpol.army.mil. Click the "Employee" tab and then the link to the eOPF Training and Marketing Material, under Reference Library.
The link to eOPF also can be found under the "Employee" tab, then the link to eOPF under the "Title" links.
For more information, call CPAC 785-239-6004.