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Merit Board upholds senior exec's firing in VA scandal

The Merit Systems Protection Board has affirmed the Veterans Affairs Department's decision to ax James Talton, one of the first senior executives targeted under a new law that speeds up the removal process. Talton headed the Central Alabama Veterans Administration Healthcare System.

Tags: SES , James Talton , disciplinary action , Emily Kopp , Veterans Affairs , workforce

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 11:45am EST

Sharon Roth, Senior Research Analyst, Merit Systems Protection Board

Just in time for Veterans Day, the Merit Systems Protection Board has issued fresh guidance for federal managers on the topic of veterans hiring preferences. Two laws underpin the myriad of veterans preference regulations. Sharon Roth, a senior research analyst at the Merit Systems Protection Board, was the project manager of the report. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the new guidance.

Tags: Sharon Roth , Merit Systems Protection Board , veterans , hiring , management , VEOA , USERRA , workforce , Department of Labor , Tom Temin , Federal Drive ,

Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:02am EST
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MSPB report unravels veterans' rights under workforce laws

In a report released just before Veterans Day, the Merit Systems Protection Board outlined some of the complications in two key veterans workforce laws. Sharon Roth, MSPB senior research analyst, said managers need to better understand veterans' rights when hiring.

Tags: Sharon Roth , veterans , USERRA , VEOA , management

Monday - 11/10/2014, 12:32pm EST
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Federal whistleblowers face 'best and worst' of times, expert says

Tom Devine of the Government Accountability Project told a House subcommittee Tuesday that some agencies are circumventing the protections provided by the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act.

Tags: House Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Posta , Bruce Farenthold , Tom Devine , Government Accountability Project , whistleblower , Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act , oversight , Robert MacLean , Carolyn Lerner , Michael OConnell ,

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 06:09pm EDT

MSPB: Congress should simplify veterans preference hiring laws

A new report from the Merit Systems Protection Board says that it's time for Congress to simplify the overly complex veterans preference laws to make sure they're doing what Congress put them in place to do.

Tags: hiring , veterans preference , Veterans Affairs , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Congress , Michael OConnell , workforce

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:59pm EDT
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Senate bill to fire VA SESers could further overwhelm MSPB

Legislation in the Senate would allow the Veterans Affairs secretary to dismiss members of the Senior Executive Service on the grounds of performance, and that could mean more appeal cases for the already-swamped Merit Systems Protection Board.

Tags: Senate , Veterans Affairs , SES , Susan Tsui Grundmann , Federal Drive , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 11:13am EDT
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Despite 50 years of progress, morale gap among LGBT workers persists

Despite a series of efforts to expand the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender federal workers by the Obama administration, LGBT feds, who comprise about 3 percent of the federal workforce, are less satisfied, feel less empowered on the job and are less likely to rate their agency's senior leaders and management as highly as their non-LGBT counterparts, according to a recent survey.

Tags: hiring , OPM , DOJ Pride , sexual orientation , LGBT , management , Chris Elias , Robyn McCutcheon , Doug Nierle , Jeff Neal , Jack Moore , Lisa Kove , GLIFAA , DOD Federal Globe , exclusive

Sunday - 07/06/2014, 04:46pm EDT

Alice In Washington Wonderland

Thanks to Congressional budget cutters and the White House sequestration program, two of the most important federal operations - the IRS and the Social Security Administration - are getting smaller and slower. So, how much longer can we afford these 'savings', Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks?

Tags: Mike Causey , sequestration , Federal Report , IRS , SSA , budget , PTO , workforce

Monday - 06/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

Furloughs: Can we 'afford' the savings?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: If the score is 32,000 them and 0 you, do you change your game plan? If your significant other says no 32,000 times in a row, do you consider another tactic? Do Congress and the White House need a new playbook?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , furloughs , furlough appeals ,

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

When at first you don't succeed ... Give it up!

When you try something 32,000 times, including 1,600 times in one 8-hour period and fail, there is a lesson there. And the lesson is that despite what you've read, heard and been taught, failure is an option. Especially if you work for the government, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , furloughs , furlough appeals ,

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 02:00am EDT
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