Tips on Counseling for Supervisors: Part 2

By on May 25, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Tips on Counseling for Supervisors: Part 2

Are you aware of best practices on how to conduct a counseling session with an employee? The author shares some tips on how to improve your counseling as a supervisor.

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Report: VA Facility Served Food Trays with Cockroaches to Patients

By on May 25, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Report: VA Facility Served Food Trays with Cockroaches to Patients

A VA Inspector General’s report substantiated claims that cockroaches were present in the kitchen facility at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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Unprotected Whistleblowing Will Not Undo Removal of Federal Employee

By on May 25, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Unprotected Whistleblowing Will Not Undo Removal of Federal Employee

A Department of Education employee removed for various misconduct reasons tried to thwart the agency’s action by pointing to his whistleblowing activity. Since he could not prove it was protected whistleblowing and the agency could prove it would fire him even if it had been, he lost out on his appeal.

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How Do You Rate President Trump?

By on May 25, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments

How do you rate President Trump’s performance to date? Take this FedSmith survey and share your feedback.

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Bill Requiring Annual Official Time Report Passes in House

By on May 24, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Bill Requiring Annual Official Time Report Passes in House

A bill requiring OPM to provide reports to Congress on use of official time for federal employees working on behalf of a union has passed in the House.

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Federal Employee Pay and Benefits for 2018

By on May 24, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Federal Employee Pay and Benefits for 2018

The 2018 federal budget is shaping up to be one that could reflect major changes in the federal pay and benefits package for employees.

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Goldilocks and Federal Employee Pay

By on May 24, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Goldilocks and Federal Employee Pay

Are federal employees overpaid or underpaid relative to the private sector? The author says the answer is not as simple as answering this one question.

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How Large Agencies Fared Under the 2018 Budget Proposal

By on May 24, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
How Large Agencies Fared Under the 2018 Budget Proposal

The 2018 budget proposal from the White House sets spending priorities for large federal agencies. Here is a summary for some key agencies.

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Nesterczuk Tapped to Lead OPM

By on May 23, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Nesterczuk Tapped to Lead OPM

President Trump has selected a nominee with considerable experience in federal human resources to be the next Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

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2018 Budget Proposes Eliminating COLAs, Increasing Retirement Contributions

By on May 23, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments

The 2018 budget proposal from the White House includes various cuts to federal employee retirement programs. Here is a summary of the proposed changes.

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