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Seeing the VA Through a Patient’s Eyes

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has gone through a great deal of bad publicity as a result of problems in management and patient care. Here is a brief description of a favorable experience with the agency.

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What GAO Got Right in Its Report on the Federal Workforce

Filed in News by on March 15, 2015 Comments

The author says that GAO has done a decent job of addressing some of the issues facing supervisors who must deal with employee problems in its recent report. He offers some suggestions for how OPM can carry out GAO’s recommendations.

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The Federal Budget: When a Number is Just a (Meaningless) Number

Filed in News by on March 12, 2015 Comments

Recent figures from the CBO suggest that Social Security contributed $877 billion to total revenue, but the author says that the CBO’s budget projections are misleading, especially as they relate to Social Security.

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State Department Spokesman Warned of Private Email Risks in 2011

Filed in News by on March 12, 2015 Comments

Mark C. Toner, then Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, made comments at a Daily Press Briefing on June 2, 2011 regarding the use of private email by government officials. The comments may have been largely insignificant at the time, but they provide an interesting perspective today in light of questions that have arisen about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account as Secretary of State.

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Bill Would Cut Pay for Top Earning Federal Employees

Filed in News by on March 11, 2015 Comments

Legislation has been introduced that would cut the pay of federal workers earning over $100,000 per year and also tie their pay to performance of the overall economy.

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Do Your Supervisors and Managers Know the Basics?

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The author says that managers are not getting the necessary training or the backing of their senior management to take on the problem employee. He says it is this lack of training that causes supervisors not to address problem employees.

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Who Does Not Receive the Annual General Pay Increase?

Filed in News by on March 10, 2015 Comments

A FedSmith reader recently asked some questions regarding the annual general increase in federal pay. The author answers these questions and also elaborates on which federal employees get annual pay increases and which do not.

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Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

Filed in News by on March 10, 2015 Comments

Here’s a strange case where the Air Force and now the district court have refused to let an Air Force ROTC cadet booted out of the program have his cake and eat it too.

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