Workforce Rights/Governance

  • 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.

  • Obama authorizes up to six weeks of paid parental leave for feds

    President Barack Obama is signing a Presidential Memorandum today directing agencies to provide six weeks of advance sick leave for federal employees to care for their newborn child.

  • Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw, Bransford & Roth P.C.

    The Office of Special Counsel recently blocked the removal of a TSA inspector in South Carolina. The inspector was also a whistleblower. Kimberly Barnett alleges her supervisor violated agency safety rules and falsified the amount of time he worked and spent in training. The supervisor retaliated — unsuccessfully. Debra Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw, Bransford and Roth. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin for this week’s Legal Loop segment to discuss the significance of this case.

  • House, Senate bills push for 3.8 percent federal pay raise

    Companion bills introduced in the House and Senate would give federal employees a 3.8 percent pay raise next year. Federal employees received 1 percent pay raises in both 2014 and 2015, after three years of pay freezes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Acquisition reform

    Today’s FEDtalk will feature a roundtable discussion of one of this year’s hottest topics – acquisition reform. January 9, 2015

  • 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.

  • Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

    Today is officially day number one of the 114th Congress. David Hawkings of Roll Call calls it the first day of school. And the education process gets under way today for people who represent federal employees before members of Congress. Jessica Klement is legislative director at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained why it’s so important to start today telling members about federal employee issues.

  • Hackers may have postal employees’ medical records

    That September cyber breach affected more current and former Postal employees than the 800,000 first reported.

  • Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

    A budget resolution early in 2015 is a top priority for the incoming 114th Congress. Republican leaders have already said they’re interested in passing some federal workforce reforms. Jessica Klement is legislative director for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said she’s worried about the possibility of a budget reconciliation, and what that could mean for federal employee benefits in the future. In her Top 3 for 15, she says she’s keeping a closer eye on federal workforce policy reforms coming from the new Congress.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.