Tag: Current Events

Supreme Court Upholds Right to Work Practice for Public Employees

Filed in News by on June 30, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that public employee unions cannot automatically deduct money from the checks of bargaining unit employees who do not choose to become a union member.

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Coburn Report Reveals Extent of Problems at VA

Filed in News by on June 24, 2014

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has released a new report based on a year-long investigation of VA hospitals around the nation that chronicled the inappropriate conduct and incompetence within the VA that led to well-documented veteran deaths and delays.

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Congress Set to Reinvent the Wheel By Politicizing the SES System at DVA

Filed in News by on June 22, 2014

The author provides the text of the senate bill to change the SES system at the Department of Veterans Affairs and a plea to the Congress to control its knee jerk response to allegations of misconduct at the Agency. He asks the reader to judge whether this is good or bad law and whether it supports good or bad government based on its words versus the present system.

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OPM Removes Prohibition on Sex Change Coverage Under FEHB

Filed in News by on June 16, 2014

OPM has removed the prohibition on federal employee health insurance for providing for sex change operations and “transition care” for someone who has undertaken this process.

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“Ask Not What You Can Do For Your Country” vs. Making Government “Cool”

Filed in News by on June 15, 2014

President Kennedy inspired many young Americans to work for government and to “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” That appeal worked. President Obama has tried to emulate Kennedy by making government “cool” again. Has the promise succeeded?

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Revolutionizing Government in 5 Minutes or Less

Filed in News by on June 15, 2014

The 2014 Next Generation of Government Summit will be held July 24-25 in Washington, DC. The objective of the conference is to provide “…opportunities for emerging leaders to further enhance their day-to-day career and the betterment of government overall.”

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Comments, Trolls and Communicating in the Internet Age

Filed in News by on June 12, 2014

The Internet era has fostered new methods of communication in our daily lives. While these carry many advantages, there can be downsides as well. And with new ways to communicate come new terms, such as “troll.” What is a troll? How do you respond to a person you think might be one? And how does all of this come into play with how FedSmith monitors the comments left by users on its website?

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad – I Just Cost You Your Security Clearance

Filed in News by on June 11, 2014

Fathers who work for the federal government or for defense contractors make many sacrifices for their children. But sometimes their children can cost them their security clearance. The author explains why this is the case.

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