Bob Gilson

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.

What’s Wrong in the Federal Employee Conduct and Discipline System

By on December 6, 2016 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
What’s Wrong in the Federal Employee Conduct and Discipline System

The author looks at problems that he says exist under the current disciplinary system for the federal workforce and what questions he says must be answered to fix these problems.

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Fixing Federal Labor Relations: Official Time May Not be the Biggest Problem

By on November 27, 2016 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

The author says there are at least four issues in the current labor relations system which need correcting to make government work more efficiently and effectively. He outlines each issue as he sees them and what his suggestions are for fixing them.

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AFGE Officer Lies Under Oath to Chief FLRA ALJ While AFGE Locals Continue Corruption Crimes at Higher Rates Than Ever

By on September 22, 2016 in Court Cases with 32 Comments
AFGE Officer Lies Under Oath to Chief FLRA ALJ While AFGE Locals Continue Corruption Crimes at Higher Rates Than Ever

The author looks at a history of court cases involving AFGE and says that they indicate the union has more corruption indictments and convictions than ever before.

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FDIC Attorney Pleads Guilty to Defrauding a Bank

By on November 23, 2015 in Court Cases, Current Events with 9 Comments

An attorney with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was caught playing fast and loose with the facts in order to convince a bank to approve a short sale on her house.

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Why Aren’t Agencies Using Easier Employee Termination Options?

By on September 24, 2015 in Current Events, Human Resources with 21 Comments

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.

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Smackdown: Federal Circuit Reverses MSPB on Directed Reassignment

By on September 3, 2015 in Court Cases, Current Events with 5 Comments

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.

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Security Clearances and Indefinite Suspensions: Federal Circuit vs the MSPB

By on August 16, 2015 in Court Cases, Current Events with 6 Comments

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.

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AFGE Tells VA Secretary Which VA Executives Managers to Fire: Huh?

By on July 30, 2015 in Current Events with 122 Comments

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.

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What the Heck is Going On at FAA?

By on July 20, 2015 in Current Events with 37 Comments

What is going on with the Federal Aviation Administration labor relations program? A recent resignation brings the situation into the public eye.

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Tips for Successful Dispute Resolution at the FLRA

By on July 12, 2015 in Current Events with 1 Comment

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.

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