Bob Gilson is a consultant with a specialty in working with and training Federal agencies to resolve employee problems at all levels. A retired agency labor and employee relations director, Bob has authored or co-authored a number of books dealing with Federal issues and also conducts training seminars.
With all the hoopla and controversy about holding Federal employees accountable, a simple straight forward process exists to terminate Federal employees for a number of legitimate reasons within an Agency’s control. The author will provide a brief description of the process and suggest how Agencies that aren’t using it now can take advantage of the option.
In an important case to Agency managers, the Federal Circuit directed the MSPB to uphold the removal of a Park Service Manager who refused a directed reassignment. The Board reversed the Agency, the Administrative Judge who heard the case and its own precedent. The Court found that MSPB violated the law in its decision by failing to follow a clear Federal Circuit precedent.
A recent decision on an indefinite suspension and revoking an employee’s security clearance highlights a conflict between the MSPB and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
In the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary reportedly asked for a list of which managers and executives should be fired. This is a first event in the federal sector. The author raises questions about issues this creates for the agency.
The Collaboration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR) program is run by the FLRA to reduce disputes and litigation. Here are suggestions for working successfully with this program as a labor relations practitioner.
The Wall Street Journal recently published an opinion piece linking a Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) decision to the massive data breach that recently occurred at OPM which jeopardized the personal data of millions of current and former federal employees. The author analyzes this case and how it relates to the data breach.
In a recent case, a panel of D.C. Circuit Court Judges lambasted OPM for asking for a three judge panel to review a single judge’s ruling without having a case to hang its legal hat on. The author explains why this case is important.
The Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS) since 2011 has conducted nineteen investigations of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) internal elections finding misconduct. The author notes that if you count up the bad elections by union, AFGE has more than any other public or private sector labor organization over the past five years.