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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

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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