Tag: Current Events

DHS Leads Agencies With 71 Employees on Administrative Leave for More Than 1 Year

Filed in News by on April 7, 2016 Comments

Administrative paid leave has made headlines as a result of GAO reports and bills introduced in Congress to restrict agencies’ use of this procedure for a variety of reasons. A new report from the GAO highlights the problems in DHS—the agency with the most employees on this type of paid leave for more than 1 year.

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Great Customer Service? Congressman Gets Response from IRS After Almost 8 Years

Filed in News by on March 22, 2016 Comments

Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) is unhappy with the IRS. He recently let loose on the agency in an editorial in which he recounts the story of how a request he submitted nearly 8 years ago was only just recently answered.

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Disciplinary Action Process for Fed Workers Ripe for Change?

Filed in News by on March 20, 2016 Comments

Change is afoot in Congress for the federal human resources system for rating and removing federal employees. Federal employees who have been around for awhile may think we are moving forward to 1978—the last major legislative change in these areas.

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Should We Beat On OPM Again? Nope.

Filed in News by on March 18, 2016 Comments

The author says that when the Metro system shut down in Washington, DC this week, OPM was faced with a difficult, and ultimately thankless, decision. He says the agency made the right call and examines the various options OPM was faced with and why he believes it was the right choice.

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Despite Legal Threats, Membership In Federal Unions Shows Growth

Filed in News by on March 15, 2016 Comments

Federal unions showed the largest growth rate in membership since 2008 according to recent BLS data. The author points out, however, that federal unions have been under attack from various laws and court cases which he says presents a long term challenge for unions going forward.

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Recent Budget Proposal Omitted Cut to Federal Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Filed in News by on March 10, 2016 Comments

The big news for federal employees in the President’s recently released budget proposal was that it called for a 1.6% pay raise for the federal workforce, however, the author notes that there is a lesser known albeit important part of the budget that also affects federal workers.

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MSPB Cites New Record in Number of Cases Handled

Filed in News by on March 9, 2016 Comments

In its annual report, the MSPB cites record-setting case processing actions and decisions. Publicity for the quasi-judicial agency has not all been favorable though.

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How Republican Candidates For President Might Impact Federal Employees

Filed in News by on February 29, 2016 Comments

Cutting government spending and reducing our federal debt is a frequent topic addressed by Republican presidential candidates. Here are some specifics from the leading candidates and how this could impact the federal workforce.

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