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Allison Wiley, Senior Research Analyst, MSPB

Hiring in the federal government is supposed to be open, competitive and fair. But you get what you measure. The Merit System Protection Board recently released its annual Fair and Open Competition report. It's designed to ensure federal employees are hired based on their qualifications, not their connections. Allison Wiley is a senior research analyst at the board. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the report's findings. One of the key ones, she said, is that fair and open competition is still the standard in the majority of government hires.

Tags: Allison Wiley , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , hiring

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:48am EST
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The truth about the federal hiring process

Do federal managers know who they want to hire before even posting a job? Do they rig the process to the benefit of their candidate? And, is it worth it to even apply for a job at an agency given these barriers? Former federal HR exec Jeff Neal offers his candid advice based on his 33 years of experience.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ICF International , Merit Promotion Program , hiring , workforce , DHS

Friday - 01/23/2015, 03:04am EST

OSC helps VA whistleblowers retain jobs, regain reputations

Veterans Affairs whistleblowers reclaimed their jobs and reputations after supervisors tried to downplay claims of falsified performance reports, a delayed response to rape allegations against a VA employee and low staffing levels at VA medical centers.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , OSC , oversight , back pay , whistleblower , suspension , VA Medical Centers , Sean McCalley

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 05:17pm EST

Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Two Justice Department prosecutors were briefly suspended for withholding evidence during the 2008 corruption trial of then-Sen. Ted Stevens. Now they've won their appeals over a technicality in how Justice handled their case. According to the Merit System Protection Board, Justice violated its own procedures in punishing the duo. Lynne Bernabei, a partner at the law firm Bernabei and Watchel, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the case.

Tags: Lynne Bernabei , Bernabei & Watchel , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Justice Department , Ted Stevens ,

Monday - 01/19/2015, 09:44am EST
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Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

The federal hiring process is too complicated to give people a fair shot at working for your agency, according to the Merit Systems Protection Board. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said it's possible to fix the hiring process without compromising your agency's core principles.

Tags: Tim McManus , Partnership for Public Service , workforce , In Depth

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:15pm EST
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When is fair and open recruiting not fair?

Certain recruiting and hiring authorities within agencies "threaten the principle of fair and open competition," according to the latest report from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal offers his take.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ICF International , hiring , management , workforce , recruitment

Monday - 01/12/2015, 05:08am EST

MSPB: Holding fair, open job competitions isn't easy in government

In a new report, the Merit Systems Protection Board says federal hiring managers are having trouble balancing rules meant to help veterans and other select groups benefit veterans and other select or other groups for hiring managers who are supposed to hold fair and open competitions for jobs.

Tags: hiring , veterans preference , workforce , Emily Kopp , Susan Tsui Grundmann

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 02:08pm EST

Board finds GSA wrongfully fired two senior officials in conference scandal

The Merit System Protection Board agrees that GSA's conference scandal was, indeed, scandalous. But at least two of the senior officials GSA fired in response didn't have much to do with the whole affair.

Tags: workforce , GSA , Shakeup at GSA , management , Western Regions Conference , Paul Prouty , James Weller , Jared Serbu

Monday - 12/29/2014, 03:55am EST

Phoenix VA director loses her job, but not for the reasons you think

Sharon Helman loses her job because she accepted and failed to report illegal gifts, not because she led the health care facility at the heart of the nationwide scandal over patient care.

Tags: Sharon Helman , Veterans Affairs Department , SES , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 12/24/2014, 12:29pm EST

Testing the VA's new rapid-fire-you weapon

A ruling could have a major impact on the pay, pensions. bonuses and job security of Uncle Sam's 6,000 top career executives, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: Mike Causey , Mike Causeys Federal Report , Veterans Affairs

Monday - 12/22/2014, 02:00am EST
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