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.

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President says “Welcome Back” to Federal Employees; OPM issues Guidance on Back Pay, Etc.

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on October 21, 2013 Comments

The President issued a message welcoming furloughed Federal employees back to work and OPM laid out guidance to employees and Agencies about pay, leave and benefits issues.

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Serious Mistakes in OPM Guidance on Shutdown Furloughs

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on October 15, 2013 Comments

The Author points out major mistakes in OPM’s Guidance on Furlough Shutdowns. The Author suggests OPM lacks the career skill base to offer proper information and guidance to Agencies and furloughed workers.

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OPM Issues New “Guidance for Shutdown Furloughs”

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on October 13, 2013 Comments

On Friday, October 11, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management updated its Furlough Guidance website with new information on furloughs. Please read this article to get information on obtaining the guidance.

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FLRA Confirmation Hearings: Softball Questions, Vague Answers, No Substance

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on October 8, 2013 Comments

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs held hearings on the pending confirmations of all three FLRA nominees on September 25. The author suggests that Federal LR practitioners watch the session which is about 1 ½ hours in length to get an appreciation of how the process works and how almost no discussion of substance took place.

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MSPB Issues First Furlough Decisions and Indicates What’s Ahead in the Appeals to Come

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on September 22, 2013 Comments

The Merit Systems Protection Board signals its approach to furlough appeals in first two cases. The Board appeared to find that Agencies have broad decision making authority about where and how to take spending cuts but Agencies must treat employees in a “fair and even manner”. The author thinks that what that means is yet to be decided.

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MSPB Updates DoD Furlough Information September 10, 2013

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on September 12, 2013 Comments

The Merit Systems Protection Board has issued its latest guidance on DOD Furloughs dated September 10, 2013.

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MSPB Updates DoD Furlough Information

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on September 6, 2013 Comments

MSPB updates its somewhat controversial information on DOD Furlough appeals.

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President Nominates Patrick Pizzella to be FLRA Member

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on August 28, 2013 Comments

The Obama White House announced the nomination of Patrick Pizzella as an FLRA Member. The author asks if this will smooth the way for the confirmation of Carol Waller Pope whose nomination has been in limbo for almost a year.

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