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Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairwoman, Merit Systems Protection Board

The Merit Systems Protection Board has some big plans for 2015. That's according to Chairwoman Susan Tsui Grundmann. In part one of her conversation with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive, she discussed the board's annual report card for 2014. Today, she discusses her plans for the upcoming year. In addition to establishing an E-filing system for merit systems claims, Grundmann said she has two other main priorities to accomplish.

Tags: Susan Tsui Grundmann , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 09:18am EST
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MSPB inundated with furlough, VA SES cases from 2014

Susan Tsui Grundmann, chairwoman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, explains how the MSPB has been working to clear its backlog of cases on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Susan Tsui Grundmann , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 11:38am EST
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Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairwoman, Merit Systems Protection Board

The Merit Systems Protection Board recently released its annual report card for 2014. It summarizes the agency's performance in the last year, and lays out some targets to try and hit in the current year. Susan Tsui Grundmann, chairwoman of the MSPB, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report card as well as what's hopefully in store for 2015.

Tags: Susan Tsui Grundmann , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , report card

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 09:08am EST
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Is the federal hiring process rigged? If so, is it even worth it to apply for a federal job? A recent report from the Merit Systems Protection Board says that, for the most part, federal hiring follows merit principles. Meaning, most jobs are filled through competition. But a commentator at FederalNewsRadio.com has a contrary view, and that's gotten our readers talking. Julia Ziegler is Federal News Radio's Web Manager. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to relay some of your comments on the matter.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , hiring , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Friday - 01/30/2015, 10:50am EST
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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
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