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Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

Nothing like a good scandal to rouse Congress into spending money and enacting reform. The latest example is the Veterans' Affairs Department. Blame for the scheduling problems and cover up is scattered everywhere. Congress singled out the Senior Executive Service, giving the VA Secretary summary dismissal authority. Now a House bill would double the probation period for new SES managers, and take back salary if an SESer is demoted. Cheri Cannon, partner at Tully Rinckey, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with an update on these developments.

Tags: Cheri Cannon , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 10:23am EDT
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Greg Rinckey, Managing Partner, Tully Rinckey

Today is the one-year anniversary of the Navy Yard Shooting. Federal agencies are trying to reform the security clearance process to keep dangerous people out of your office. The Office of Personnel Management is has cancelled its contract with USIS, one of the companies responsible for doing background checks. Greg Rinckey is a managing partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said so far the security clearance reforms are just hollow achievements.

Tags: Greg Rinckey , Navy Yard shooting , In Depth

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:14pm EDT
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Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

The biggest federal labor union accuses two agencies of illegally outsourcing jobs. The American Federation of Government Employees asks the White House to review the actions. The Park Service admits Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia hired contractors to mow the lawn to augment federal custodians. AFGE says the Coast Guard plans to hire contractors for a user-fee program at a documentation center in West Virginia. Cheri Cannon is a partner at the law firm Tulley Rinckey. In this week's legal loop, she joined Tom Temin and Emily on the Federal Drive to explain how this happened.

Tags: Cheri Cannon , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , workforce

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 10:18am EDT
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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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