Sometimes agency policy decisions can create a strong emotional reaction from the public.
An employee of the Internal Revenue Service was fired for three years of questionable tax returns. She tried to convince the agency and third parties the problem was with her tax preparer. A federal court was not convinced and the errant IRS employee remains off the agency’s payroll.
Earmarks are a way that those in Congress can control federal money to help win elections. The Department of Veterans Affairs may have the expertise but, as another earmark enters the budget, it clearly does not have the power to make controversial decisions when the interests of powerful Congressional constituents are threatened.
Who wins and who loses in our legal system seems to ebb and flow. The Equal Access to Justice Act created new winners and losers. But, as with many laws, new interpretations may change how the law is applied and create new winners and losers. Here is an example.
As the baby boomers working for Uncle Sam retire, a new generation will take their place. Some see the new generation as different and perhaps not as capable. Here is one new federal employee already making her mark on the government but in her own way and with her own priorities.
The IRS is telling taxpayers how to determine if a person seeking personal financial information is acting on behalf of the agency.
Colleen Duffy Kiko has been appointed as the new General Counsel for the FLRA.
The FAA has asked a federal mediator to help with the labor negotiations between the agency and the union that represented air traffic controllers.
Anne Whiteman has been recognized by the Office of Special Counsel for reporting safety problems in the control of aircraft at the Dallas/Ft. Worth air traffic facility and the agency’s failure to report safety problems.
GSA has responded quickly to the recent IRS move to increase the mileage reimbursement rate for federal employees.