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VA nurse claims retaliation for blowing the whistle on patient practices

When a nurse manager at a Veterans Affairs medical center in Albany, New York, saw a patient being unnecessarily kept in restraints for seven hours, she couldn't remain silent. But little did Valerie Riviello know that her actions as a whistleblower would start her down on a path of retaliation from her coworkers.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , whistleblower , Valerie Riviello , Cheri Cannon , Office of Special Counsel , Sloan Gibson , Shefali Kapadia , Federal Drive

Friday - 06/27/2014, 10:27am EDT
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Cheri Cannon (pictured), Valerie Riviello

The Veterans Affairs Department is reeling from allegations, made by its own staff, that it has mistreated patients. More employees are coming forward to report what they see as systemic wrongdoing. The Office of Special Counsel is looking at 50 cases right now, and one of them is the case of Valerie Riviello. She is a nurse at the Samuel Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York. Cheri Cannon of the law firm Tulley Rinckey is handling her case. They joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why Riviello decided to blow the whistle.

Tags: Cheri Cannon , Valerie Riviello , VA , whistleblower , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 10:31am EDT
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Joshua Rose, Senior Associate, Tully Rinckey

House and Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is accusing the White House of violating the Hatch Act. He is demanding that the Obama administration turn over documents related to the re-opening of its Office of Political Outreach and Strategy during an election year. In this week's legal loop, Joshua Rose, senior associate at the law firm Tully Rinckey, spoke with the Federal Drive about the do's and don'ts of the Hatch Act.

Tags: Joshua Rose , Darrell Issa , Hatch Act , Federal Drive , White House

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 09:37am EDT
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Is discrimination to blame for employees' sinking satisfaction with training opportunities?

Budget cuts, alone, can't explain employees' sinking satisfaction with training, according to a new analysis prepared by the Tully Rinckey law firm in Washington, D.C., which specializes in federal employment law. As dissatisfaction with training opportunities has intensified in recent years, the number of Equal Employment Opportunity complaints alleging discrimination in training opportunities have also shot upwards, according to the firm's analysis.

Tags: training , John Mahoney , workforce , management

Monday - 03/17/2014, 10:47am EDT

Professional liability insurance and more

Host Mike Causey will talk professional liability insurance with attorneys John P. Mahoney and David Cavanaugh. Later Andy Medici will discuss potential buyouts at the Social Security Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.
February 5, 2014

Tags: pay and benefits , liability insurance , John P. Mahoney , David Cavanaugh , Fed Guard , Andy Medici , Federal Times , buyouts , Social Security Administration , Environmental Protection Agency , US Postal Service , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 08:40pm EST
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Lerner case shows legal complications when federal workers are required to testify

House Republicans said IRS official Lois Lerner waived her right to remain silent by giving an opening statement in her hearing. Lerner still may testify before Congress with a variety of consequences.

Tags: Congress , House , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , IRS , Lois Lerner , John Mahoney , Cogan Schneier

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 03:49pm EDT
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Contractors with security clearances lack path to report problems

Government contractors with security clearances, such as Edward Snowden, aren't legally protected from whistleblowing even by going through the proper channels. But John Mahoney, of the law firm Tully Rinckey, said Snowden should have defaulted to the standard whistleblowing procedure used by government employees in the intelligence community, who are protected under the law.

Tags: NSA , intelligence community , workforce , management , whistleblower protections , John Mahoney , Melissa Dawkins

Monday - 06/17/2013, 02:44pm EDT

Furloughs pose pitfalls for managers, rank-and-file feds

Talk of federal-employee furloughs has intensified as the clock winds down to March 1 -- the date automatic, across-the-board spending cuts are set to kick in. But even if agencies are forced to go the furlough route, they will have to ensure the workforce reductions are implemented fairly or face a series of potential pitfalls, said John Mahoney, chairman of Tully Rinckey's labor and employment practice group, in an interview on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tags: furloughs , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore , John Mahoney , sequestration , management

Monday - 02/18/2013, 04:31pm EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 18, 2013

Gordon Heddel of Booz Allen Hamilton talks about the challenges of creating a smarter but not bigger government. Aaron Miller of the Wilson Center discusses the hurdles awaiting new Secretary of State John Kerry. Bloomberg Government's Rob Barnett talks about President Obama's environmental policy. John Mahoney of Tully Rinckey says furloughed feds won't lose their rights.

Tags: Federal Drive , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , DoD , DoD Report , Gordon Heddell , Aaron Miller , Labor Department , Booz Allen Hamilton , Wilson Center , EPA , Rob Barnett , Bloomberg Government , John Mahoney , furloughs

Monday - 02/18/2013, 09:16am EST

Do's and don'ts for holiday gift giving at federal agencies

'Tis the season of Secret Santas, white elephant gifts and good will toward office coworkers. But if you're a federal employee, there's a strict list of who it would be naughty to give a present to or receive a present from during the holiday season.

Tags: John Mahoney , workforce , Federal Drive , Katie Howard

Tuesday - 11/27/2012, 11:58am EST
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