Workforce Rights/Governance

  • The silver lining in the GSA scandal

    Experts say all the focus on Capitol Hill and within agencies will lead to better management and give more respect to whistleblowers. Carolyn Lerner, the head of the Office of Special Counsel, said the attention on the misdeeds of the Public Buildings Service would bolster the need for stronger ethics and integrity.

  • Public service recognition week

    A roundtable discussion of the events at this years’ Public Service Recognition Week. April 20, 2012

  • OSC protection sought for VA whistleblower

    The American Federation of Government Employees has asked the Office of Special Counsel to investigate the case of a VA doctor who believes she was unfairly targeted by superiors due to her critical Senate testimony.

  • Congress returns to packed budget agenda, tight deadlines

    Congress returns to session this week with a few short months to reach a budget resolution for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1 and agree on how to avoid the automatic spending cuts of $1.2 trillion over the next decade that will be triggered Jan. 2, 2013, under the Budget Control Act debt limit deal. But don’t expect much to get accomplished before the election, say budget experts.

  • GSA spending scandal puts agency whistleblowers in spotlight

    Not all claims of agency wrongdoing wind up with the agency IG’s office. Some employees turn to the Office of Special Counsel, the independent investigative agency that acts under the authority of the Whistleblower Protection Act. OSC’s relatively-low profile has grown since Carolyn Lerner, the head of the office, joined the agency about nine months ago.

  • Mobile devices and security

    Charles De Sanno from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Booz Allen Hamilton’s Ilene Yarnoff will talk about mobile apps and mobile security issues in the federal workplace. April 6, 2012

  • Divorce, federal style

    Why is it that some federal workers will never retire? They plan to work till they drop, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Is it love of the job, patriotism, friends at work or is it the ex-spouse lurking out there?…

  • OSC initiative zeroes in on worst vet discriminator – the government

    The Office of Personnel Management recently reminded federal agencies that the White House has ”zero tolerance” for discriminating against veterans in hiring and promotions. But the federal government is still one of the biggest offenders. Patrick Boulay from the Office of Special Counsel told the Federal Drive about a new pilot program aimed at streamlining the complaint process for veterans in the federal government.

  • Feds need to think twice about political activity

    Ana Galindo-Marrone, chief of the Hatch Act unit of the Office of Special Counsel, spoke to

  • Equal employment opportunites in government

    Dexter Brooks and Jo Linda Johnson from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Doug Gentile from the Association of Federal External Civil Rights Specialists and Officers, will discuss some of the EEO issues they are currently working on. March 23, 2012

  • EEOC: More diversity in senior executive diversity but no big changes

    Minorities are getting more senior-level jobs in government. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says its one of many changes in the federal workforce composition.

  • Asians, whites best paid in federal government

    The federal government is holding steady on its diversity hiring, but agencies still need to do a better job for specific demographics.

  • MSPB, OSC already feeling brunt of budget reductions

    Two small agencies with large responsibilities toward the federal workforce say they’ve trimmed all the fat from their budgets and will need more resources to keep up with increasing caseloads. Merit Systems Protection Board Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann told a Senate subcommittee she worries about impending staff retirements as well. The Office of Special Counsel is also feeling pressure to do more with less.

  • MSPB workforce cuts hurting mission

    The workload of the Merit Systems Protection Boards is only growing, but its workforce is headed in the opposite direction.