Michael Wald

Michael Wald is a public affairs consultant and writer based in the Atlanta area. He specializes in topics related to government and labor issues. Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Department of Labor, he served as the agency’s Southeast Regional Director of Public Affairs and Southeast Regional Economist.

Federal Employees: You’re Not Going Anywhere This Year

By on June 4, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Employees: You’re Not Going Anywhere This Year

The author says that despite proposed changes from a new administration, federal employees are very unlikely to leave their jobs anytime soon.

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Former CIA Director Says Firing FBI Director ‘Sends a Chill Throughout the Federal Bureaucracy’

By on May 11, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Former CIA Director Says Firing FBI Director ‘Sends a Chill Throughout the Federal Bureaucracy’

Retired Air Force General Michael Hayden said that removing James Comey as the FBI’s director “sends a chill throughout the federal bureaucracy.”

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‘Uncertain’ Describes Federal Workers Today

By on April 25, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
‘Uncertain’ Describes Federal Workers Today

The author says that the Trump administration’s approach to government is causing great uncertainty among Federal workers.

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Foreign Worker Shortages Threaten American Agriculture

By on April 3, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Foreign Worker Shortages Threaten American Agriculture

A group of agriculture-related organizations sent a letter to President Trump saying that their industry is threatened by a lack of foreign workers. The author discusses how this coincides with current agency laws.

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President Trump is Learning That He Needs Federal Agencies

By on March 27, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
President Trump is Learning That He Needs Federal Agencies

The author says that despite his efforts to trim government, President Trump may find federal agencies to be an unlikely ally in promoting his policies.

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Is the Federal Bureaucracy Facing a ‘Deep State’ Purge?

By on March 13, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Is the Federal Bureaucracy Facing a ‘Deep State’ Purge?

Calls are growing to find and fire federal employees who may be part of a “Deep State” opposition to the Trump administration’s agenda.

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Congress Considering Change in Calculating Retiree Benefit Increases

By on March 1, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Congress Considering Change in Calculating Retiree Benefit Increases

Recently introduced legislation would require the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) methodology used in computing federal employee retirement benefits to change. Here is an explanation of the changes being proposed.

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Labor Department Employees Urge Vote Against Puzder Nomination… But Should They?

By on February 15, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Labor Department Employees Urge Vote Against Puzder Nomination… But Should They?

Federal employees at the Department of Labor are circulating a letter asking for a vote against President Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary. The author says that these employees could be potentially jeopardizing their careers in the process.

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Why Protect Only Law Enforcement Employees?

By on February 12, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Why Protect Only Law Enforcement Employees?

President Trump’s new Executive Order focuses on preventing violence against law enforcement officers, but leaves out other government employees.

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Life Without Civil Service Protections? Ask Georgia

By on February 6, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Life Without Civil Service Protections? Ask Georgia

With its 20-year history of civil service reform, Georgia provides insights into how federal civil service may change under the Trump administration.

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