50-Count Indictment Leads to Indefinite Suspension at VA

By on January 16, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
50-Count Indictment Leads to Indefinite Suspension at VA

An Atlanta VA employee, indicted by a Federal grand jury on 50 counts of making false statements in connection with performing his official duties, was indefinitely suspended by the agency pending the outcome of the criminal case against him.

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Happy Anniversary to Federal Civil Servants

By on January 16, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Happy Anniversary to Federal Civil Servants

On January 16, 1883, the Civil Service Commission was created. Federal employment has changed but the bureaucracy and much of the original philosophy still exist.

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Barriers to Effectively Using the Supervisory Probationary Period

By on January 16, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Barriers to Effectively Using the Supervisory Probationary Period

The MSPB found in a recent survey that barriers exist which cause federal managers not to fully utilize employee probationary periods to deal with non-performers.

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A Chained CPI and Federal Employee Retirement COLAs

By on January 14, 2018 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
A Chained CPI and Federal Employee Retirement COLAs

The chained CPI has been incorporated into the federal tax system. What does this mean, and will it have an impact on the COLA calculations for federal retirees?

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Legislation Calls for 3% Pay Raise in 2019

By on January 12, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Legislation Calls for 3% Pay Raise in 2019

Legislation has been introduced that would give federal employees a 3% raise in 2019.

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Mnuchin: 90% of Wage Earners Will See Higher Paychecks Under New Withholding Tables

By on January 12, 2018 in Agency News, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Mnuchin: 90% of Wage Earners Will See Higher Paychecks Under New Withholding Tables

The IRS has released new tax withholding tables, and many employees should start seeing higher paychecks by February according to the Treasury Department.

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Does My Locality Pay Rate Include the Basic Percentage Increase?

By on January 11, 2018 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
Does My Locality Pay Rate Include the Basic Percentage Increase?

Does the locality pay raise percentage cited for 2018 include the basic pay raise of 1.4%?

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Why Do We Care That Congress Does Not Pass Appropriations Bills On Time?

By on January 11, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Why Do We Care That Congress Does Not Pass Appropriations Bills On Time?

Government now frequently operates without a formal budget. The author outlines some of the problems this can create.

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Executive Order Directs Agencies to Expand Mental Health Resources for Veterans

By on January 10, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Executive Order Directs Agencies to Expand Mental Health Resources for Veterans

President Trump has signed an executive order to expand mental health resources for veterans transitioning from active duty to civilian life.

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Border Patrol Says Lack of Manpower Leading to Violence Against Agents

By on January 10, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Border Patrol Says Lack of Manpower Leading to Violence Against Agents

Representatives from the Border Patrol told Congress that they are facing a substantial shortage of agents that is creating problems for the agency.

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