Bob Gilson

Bob Gilson is a consultant with a specialty in working with and training Federal agencies to resolve employee problems at all levels. A retired agency labor and employee relations director, Bob has authored or co-authored a number of books dealing with Federal issues and also conducts training seminars.

Fixing Federal Labor Relations: A Statutory Markup for Change

By on March 1, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Fixing Federal Labor Relations: A Statutory Markup for Change

The author says that the current labor relations statute is a failure that should be repealed or revised. He offers a detailed analysis of the changes he thinks need to be made to the law.

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Practical Advice for Incoming Political Appointees from Federal Insiders

By on January 28, 2017 in Human Resources, Leadership with 0 Comments
Practical Advice for Incoming Political Appointees from Federal Insiders

The authors, who have served as agency representatives and management advisors for many years, offer advice for presidential appointees or Schedule Cs and the career executives who may have to work with them as they settle into their jobs.

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Circuit Court Slams FLRA Again, Vindicates Pizzella’s Dissents

By on January 19, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Circuit Court Slams FLRA Again, Vindicates Pizzella’s Dissents

The author discusses a recent case involving the FLRA which he says is the latest in a series that has done great damage to the labor relations program.

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Federal Employee Conduct and Discipline – A Suggested Fix

By on December 22, 2016 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Employee Conduct and Discipline – A Suggested Fix

The author says that the possibility of wrongdoing on the part of agency managers has led to many avenues for protecting employees which has created an overly complicated appeals system. He proposes a simple fix that would protect employees while making for a smoother process.

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What’s Wrong in the Federal Employee Conduct and Discipline System

By on December 6, 2016 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
What’s Wrong in the Federal Employee Conduct and Discipline System

The author looks at problems that he says exist under the current disciplinary system for the federal workforce and what questions he says must be answered to fix these problems.

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Fixing Federal Labor Relations: Official Time May Not be the Biggest Problem

By on November 27, 2016 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

The author says there are at least four issues in the current labor relations system which need correcting to make government work more efficiently and effectively. He outlines each issue as he sees them and what his suggestions are for fixing them.

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AFGE Officer Lies Under Oath to Chief FLRA ALJ While AFGE Locals Continue Corruption Crimes at Higher Rates Than Ever

By on September 22, 2016 in Court Cases with 32 Comments
AFGE Officer Lies Under Oath to Chief FLRA ALJ While AFGE Locals Continue Corruption Crimes at Higher Rates Than Ever

The author looks at a history of court cases involving AFGE and says that they indicate the union has more corruption indictments and convictions than ever before.

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FDIC Attorney Pleads Guilty to Defrauding a Bank

By on November 23, 2015 in Court Cases, Current Events with 9 Comments

An attorney with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was caught playing fast and loose with the facts in order to convince a bank to approve a short sale on her house.

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Why Aren’t Agencies Using Easier Employee Termination Options?

By on September 24, 2015 in Current Events, Human Resources with 21 Comments

With all the hoopla and controversy about holding Federal employees accountable, a simple straight forward process exists to terminate Federal employees for a number of legitimate reasons within an Agency’s control. The author will provide a brief description of the process and suggest how Agencies that aren’t using it now can take advantage of the option.

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Smackdown: Federal Circuit Reverses MSPB on Directed Reassignment

By on September 3, 2015 in Court Cases, Current Events with 5 Comments

In an important case to Agency managers, the Federal Circuit directed the MSPB to uphold the removal of a Park Service Manager who refused a directed reassignment. The Board reversed the Agency, the Administrative Judge who heard the case and its own precedent. The Court found that MSPB violated the law in its decision by failing to follow a clear Federal Circuit precedent.

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