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Federal employees have property rights to their jobs, even the ones you want to fire

Commentary: Career federal (and other public) employees have a property interest in their jobs. It's a major distinction with the private sector. It's a long established fact. But when's the last time you heard it stated, asks Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

Tags: Tom Temin , workforce , MSPB , Susan Tsui Grundmann

Monday - 05/18/2015, 05:32am EDT

Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

The Merit Systems Protection Board wants federal managers and Congress to know exactly what it takes to fire a federal employee and why you can't do so arbitrarily or capriciously. That's the subject of the agency's just-released report on due process. It outlines how the government handles adverse personnel actions in the civil service, and examines the laws and constitutional protections on due process employees enjoy. Susan Tsui Grundmann is chairwoman of the MSPB. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the report. She said it should clear up some misconceptions that have been circling in the press.

Tags: Susan Tsui Grundmann , MSPB , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , workforce , Congress

Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 09:08am EDT
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We need to address 'deep, systemic problems' to improve federal workforce morale

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) wants to improve working conditions for federal workers by dealing with poorly performing employees more quickly. He said most federal workers are committed, hard-working people, but long-standing challenges are hampering employee success need to be addressed.

Tags: Mark Meadows , Congress , House , workforce , worst places to work , EPA , OPM , DHS , National Archives , Jason Chaffetz , elijah cummings , commentary

Monday - 04/27/2015, 03:46am EDT

No more fireproof feds

Members of Congress are pursuing legislation that would make it easier to fire federal employees for misconduct or malfeasance. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the lawmakers are focusing on career civil servants, namely members of the Senior Executive Service.

Tags: Mike Causey , Mike Causeys Federal Report , pay and benefits , Congress , workforce , management

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 03:00am EDT

John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The Veterans Affairs Department finally fired Terry Gerigk Wolf last week. The former director of the Pittsburgh VA center had been on paid leave since June following a review of a Legionnaire's disease outbreak that claimed the lives of six patients there. Wolf is the fourth senior executive to be removed under the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what that firing means for the future of due process protections for federal employees.

Tags: Terry Wolf , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Veterans Affairs , Tom Temin , workforce ,

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:55am EST
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EPA Administrator McCarthy defends statement about firing feds

Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is clarifying remarks she made on simplifying the federal firing process. The clarification comes after the American Federation of Government Employees challenged a statement she made in her recent testimony before Congress.

Tags: EPA , AFGE , Karen Kellen , Gina McCarthy , workforce , poor performance

Monday - 08/11/2014, 01:52pm EDT

EPA union objects to Administrator's call to make firing employees easier

The Environmental Protection Agency's administrator recently mentioned the administrative obstacles of firing employees and suggested Congress change the law. One of the unions representing EPA employees is now responding in a letter that blames management, not employees for agency problems.

Tags: EPA , Gina McCarthy , House Oversight Committee , union , AFGE , Dena Levitz

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 04:12pm EDT

Off with their heads! What would Mick Jagger do?

For many people involved in the alleged scandals at the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service, the solution is simple: Off with their heads. Fire the offenders whether they are political appointees or career civil servants. But this isn't Paris in 1789, it's Washington in 2013 so things will go a little slower, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce , IRS , IRS scandal , MSPB ,

Thursday - 05/23/2013, 02:00am EDT

How a good federal manager hires and fires

Good federal managers need to know how to effectively hire and fire employees. Author Stewart Liff says timing is often what's most important.

Tags: management , pay & benefits , Stewart Liff , MSPB , hiring ,

Wednesday - 12/30/2009, 10:02am EST
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OPM targets poor-performing feds

The Office of Personnel Management is conducting a study to find out why the federal government has such a difficult time disciplining and firing poor performing workers.

Tags: Dorobek Insider , Must Read , Must Reads , OPM , John Berry , best practices , management , ROWE

Thursday - 11/18/2010, 02:16pm EST
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