At least three agencies have issued bargaining proposals that are similar to the provisions outlined in the President’s three workforce executive orders, which he signed nearly a year ago.
Heather White, federal employment lawyer and partner at the Federal Practice Group, thinks the proposed merger of the departments of Labor and Education may be a pretext to eliminate some of the functions of those agencies, water down their missions, and possibly even downsize their workforces.
The Trump administration’s proposal to shift all personnel policy offices currently housed within the Office of Personnel Management to a new entity within the White House is earning some praise, but a lot of skepticism.
Longer probation, shorter appeal deadlines, arbitrary pay for performance, they’ve already hit some federal employees and might be headed your say.
The Veterans Affairs Department recently clarified its disciplinary data, which the department posts publicly on its website every two weeks.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a decision from the Merit Systems Protection Board, which said the Veterans Affairs Department could put one of its indicted employees could be put on indefinite suspension.
According to the Veterans Affairs Department’s new reports detailing all major disciplinary actions for its workers, VA is on track to fire fewer people in 2017 than it has during the past six fiscal years. Federal employment experts say the new adverse action reports lack some significant details about VA’s efforts to improve accountability and transparency.
The Supreme Court ruling doesn’t necessarily invalidate all the actions and decisions made by Beth Cobert and other leaders to whom this applies. It does, however, open them up to challenges.
The federal government hasn’t seen large-scale, involuntary reductions in force in a long time But RIFs are looking increasingly possible as the Trump administration’s budget plans are released. Heather White, a partner who specializes in federal employment law at the Federal Practice Group, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk current laws and regulations around RIFs.
How do agency executives sort out public-spirited whistleblowers from mean-spirited leakers? And what rights do whistleblowers in the ultra-sensitive intelligence community have? To provide answers, Debra D’Agostino, founding partner of the Federal Practice Group, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.