This week is Public Service Recognition Week, and in the spirit of the occasion, the author gives thanks to federal agencies and their employees for their service.
President Obama sent a thank you message to the federal workforce as part of Public Service Recognition Week and also discussed a new initiative he is undertaking for federal job applicants.
The House has passed a bill which stipulates that Federal employees may not be placed on administrative leave for more than 14 days during any year for misconduct or poor performance.
The author says that workplace bullying often leads to violence or even death. She provides some statistics on how pervasive the problem is and also some suggestions on what can be done about it.
Administrative paid leave has made headlines as a result of GAO reports and bills introduced in Congress to restrict agencies’ use of this procedure for a variety of reasons. A new report from the GAO highlights the problems in DHS—the agency with the most employees on this type of paid leave for more than 1 year.
The author says that the term “bureaucrat” is one of those words that can be used as a slur, an epithet, and/or an insult, but it can also be used to praise someone who understands how government works and uses that knowledge to make it work better. Bearing the latter use in mind, he has made a list of ways federal employees can test to see if they are true “bureaucrats.”
The Office of Personnel Management is celebrating National Nutrition Month by encouraging federal employees to watch what they eat.
The author says that when the Metro system shut down in Washington, DC this week, OPM was faced with a difficult, and ultimately thankless, decision. He says the agency made the right call and examines the various options OPM was faced with and why he believes it was the right choice.
The chances of new restrictions being placed on use of administrative leave by agencies is growing as bills to accomplish this have been reported out of committees in both the House and the Senate.