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Federal Employees, Smoking Pot and Working in DC

By on October 16, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Employees, Smoking Pot and Working in DC

Using marijuana in Washington, DC is legal, but federal employees are still subject to federal laws. Take this survey on marijuana legalization and federal employees.

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2017 FEVS Results Show Federal Employees Increasingly Satisfied With Pay, Work/Life Programs

By on October 13, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
2017 FEVS Results Show Federal Employees Increasingly Satisfied With Pay, Work/Life Programs

OPM has announced the initial results of the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

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Should Political Appointees Be Barred From Career Jobs?

By on October 9, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

How widespread is the practice of political “burrowing?” The author says it’s largely a “problem” that isn’t really a problem.

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Federal Employees Should Prepare for New Mandatory Opioid Drug Testing

By on October 2, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Employees Should Prepare for New Mandatory Opioid Drug Testing

New mandatory drug testing guidelines went into effect at the start of October to test for opioids that will affect a significant number of federal employees.

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Trump Revokes EO Creating Federal Labor Councils

By on September 30, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Trump Revokes EO Creating Federal Labor Councils

Elections have consequences. President Trump has issued an Executive Order revoking federal labor-management relations councils.

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Official Time Bill Adds Paperwork for Union Reps and Headaches for OPM

By on September 28, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Official Time Bill Adds Paperwork for Union Reps and Headaches for OPM

The author says a proposed bill on official time reporting may offer some benefit, but does so at the expense of added paperwork and managerial challenges.

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GAO Finds 76 Instances of Obama Political Appointees ‘Burrowing In’

By on September 28, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
GAO Finds 76 Instances of Obama Political Appointees ‘Burrowing In’

Political “burrowing” is a common practice after a change in administrations. GAO has issued its latest report on what it found during the Obama Administration.

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Hiring Flexibilities May Not Be Enough to Compete For Critical Talent

By on September 25, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Hiring Flexibilities May Not Be Enough to Compete For Critical Talent

The author says the federal hiring process is abysmal. He points to recent efforts to hire for cybersecurity positions to highlight problems agencies face as well as their attempted solutions.

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Debating the Role of Federal Employees

By on September 20, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Debating the Role of Federal Employees

Various groups are seeking loyalty of the federal workforce. Is there an internal “permanent state” in government? A former administration official says it exists, is dangerous and threatens our democracy.

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The Story of a RIF

By on September 12, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
The Story of a RIF

The author tells the story of a RIF he managed and what made it successful.

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