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Actions and Decisions Have Consequences

Filed in News by on May 17, 2006 Comments

The failure to conduct a background check on an illegal alien captured on the Mexican border resulted in the alien returning to the US where he raped two women and murdered one of them. The agency’s 20-day suspension of a supervisor is upheld by the MSPB.

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Take This Promotion and Shove It

Filed in News by on May 16, 2006 Comments

This agency told the employee he would be a good manager and told him to report to a new office in a new location with a promotion. The employee he was not qualified and retired in lieu of an involuntary separation. He appealed but the agency’s actions were upheld.

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Fixing the Federal Labor Relations Program

Filed in News by on May 16, 2006 Comments

With controversy and litigation surrounding the establishing of new labor relations programs in the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, this author has suggestions for how to improve the existing programs to resolve some of the problems faced by federal agencies.

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Debating the Federal Pay Raise

Filed in News by on May 15, 2006 Comments

The system for determining the average federal pay raise is steeped in politics. What is going on and why? “Fairness” may be determined by self-interest.

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2.7% Increase for 2007 Gets Congressional Boost

Filed in News by on May 12, 2006 Comments

The 2007 pay raise process for federal civilian employees is following what is now a fairly well-worn path. No one knows the final outcome but 2.7% looks like the most likely result based on what has occurred so far.

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Shot Down–On the Job and in Court

Filed in News by on May 12, 2006 Comments

Federal injury cases usually involve a slip, fall or other mundane injuries. This federal employee was shot. His attempts to get more money under the Federal Tort Claims Act fall short though.

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Ethics? What Ethics? Readers Speak Out on Performance of Congress

Filed in News by on May 11, 2006 Comments

How do readers rate the performance of Congress as an institution? It’s not a pretty picture. The vast majority think there is a distinct lack of Congressional ethics and that they are working primarily to ensure their own re-election.

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“A mad dog foaming at the mouth”

Filed in News by on May 11, 2006 Comments

An employee who disliked a supervisor was transferred. After five years, the agency planned to reassign him back to the first supervisor. The employee filed an appeal contesting the reassignment.

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