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Do Not Let OPM Reduce Your Retirement Benefits Without an Appeal

By on February 22, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Do Not Let OPM Reduce Your Retirement Benefits Without an Appeal

Some retired federal employees were recently notified by OPM that their annuity payments were being reduced. Do they have any appeal options?

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When is a Law Not a Law?

By on January 17, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
When is a Law Not a Law?

The author asks when or if it is acceptable to work around federal HR law for convenience because the penalty for violation is excessive.

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Happy Birthday to the Civil Service

By on January 17, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Happy Birthday to the Civil Service

This year marks the 135th anniversary of the Civil Service Commission. What are some of the current problems facing the civil service?

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50-Count Indictment Leads to Indefinite Suspension at VA

By on January 16, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
50-Count Indictment Leads to Indefinite Suspension at VA

An Atlanta VA employee, indicted by a Federal grand jury on 50 counts of making false statements in connection with performing his official duties, was indefinitely suspended by the agency pending the outcome of the criminal case against him.

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Barriers to Effectively Using the Supervisory Probationary Period

By on January 16, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Barriers to Effectively Using the Supervisory Probationary Period

The MSPB found in a recent survey that barriers exist which cause federal managers not to fully utilize employee probationary periods to deal with non-performers.

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EQUALS Act Doubles Probationary Periods, but Doesn’t Eliminate Rights to Appeal Adverse Actions

By on December 20, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
EQUALS Act Doubles Probationary Periods, but Doesn’t Eliminate Rights to Appeal Adverse Actions

Although new legislation would double the probationary period for new federal employees if it becomes law, these employees still would have appeal options.

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Second Guessing the FBI or Any Other Agency’s Specific Authority

By on November 8, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Second Guessing the FBI or Any Other Agency’s Specific Authority

The author says that a recent case regarding a security clearance involves a political decision from a judge that he says ultimately harms the agency’s mission.

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3 Ideas For Dealing With Problem Employees

By on October 26, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
3 Ideas For Dealing With Problem Employees

Three recent reports raised the issue of dealing with problem employees. The author analyzes the reports and offers three steps he says would also help.

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No Quorum Means No Movement on MSPB Appeals

By on September 7, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
No Quorum Means No Movement on MSPB Appeals

The lack of a quorum at the MSPB means the agency cannot issue any new decisions, likely leading to a backlog of appeals.

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A Federal Internship Does Not Guarantee a Permanent Position

By on August 14, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
A Federal Internship Does Not Guarantee a Permanent Position

Does the Merit Systems Protection Board have jurisdiction to review an agency’s decision not to convert an intern position to a permanent appointment? The MSPB says no and the appeals court now agrees.

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