Archive for February, 2012

Repeating the Same Mistakes: Does HR Understand Performance Appraisal?

By on February 29, 2012 in Current Events with 40 Comments

The MSPB recently overturned the removal of a DoD employee for unacceptable performance. The author analyzes the circumstances surrounding the case.

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Pending Legislative Proposals Targeting Pay and Benefits

By on February 29, 2012 in Current Events with 103 Comments

A number of proposals have emerged in Congress in the last several months that are aimed at federal employees, and often not in a good way. NTEU has vowed to fight Republicans in the upcoming election and has compiled a list of the legislative proposals targeting the federal workforce to help make its case.

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The Immobilized SES

By on February 28, 2012 in Current Events with 7 Comments

The Partnership for Public Service has released a report documenting position mobility within the Senior Executive Service. The report findings indicate that members of the SES workforce generally remain in the same position throughout their careers even though the SES was designed to be a mobile workforce.

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Contemplating Retirement: Shared Experiences from a Retired Federal Employee

By on February 28, 2012 in Current Events, Retirement with 52 Comments

Are you ready to retire? A former federal employee shares his experience and provides advice to things to consider before you make a final decision.

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FLRA Finds Air Traffic Controller Union Breached Labor Law But Allows Future Violations

By on February 27, 2012 in Current Events with 14 Comments

The FLRA writes that changing its constitution to “punish” controllers who leave its bargaining unit and return, was an unfair labor practice retroactively but not “prospectively.” The unions’ action was to “punish unit members who escaped the unconscionable terms and conditions unilaterally imposed by the FAA . . . by going to work for FAA management.”

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What is TRICARE for Life?

By on February 27, 2012 in Current Events, Retirement with 103 Comments

The author outlines some of the basic principles of Tricare for Life and when a person is eligible.

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Highest Paid US Postal Service Employees

By on February 24, 2012 in Current Events, Human Resources with 189 Comments

Which Postal Service employees make the most money and where do they work? Here is the answer in data retrieved from

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Managing Variability in Thrift Savings Plans

By on February 23, 2012 in Current Events with 16 Comments

A basic knowledge of variability is essential for managing your investments in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The author discusses some common mistakes investors make and ways to manage them.

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Failure to Disclose Conviction Leads to Removal Without Appeal

By on February 22, 2012 in Court Cases, Current Events with 5 Comments

A probationary employee failed to disclose on his application for a supervisory EO Specialist position with the Department of Labor that he had previously been convicted of a crime. The agency ran a background check and discovered otherwise.

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Changes in Your Life and Your Survivor Annuity: What Happens to Your Federal Employee Survivor Annuity

By on February 20, 2012 in Current Events, Retirement with 20 Comments

What happens to your survivor annuity if you are a retired federal employee and there are changes in your life such as a death or divorce?

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