Mark Robbins

office of personnel management office

After six years, OPM has a permanent inspector general

The Office of Personnel Management’s permanent inspector general says she will prioritize IT modernization and cybersecurity out of nearly 400 open recommendations…

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NAPA report details path forward for OPM, but advocates worry it’ll be easily forgotten

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In this Aug. 7, 2018, photo, Mark Robbins, the last remaining member of the Merit Systems Protection Board, looks through stacks of legal cases piled up on his desk in Washington office. Robbins reads through federal workplace disputes, analyzes the cases, marks them with notes and logs his legal opinions. He then passes them along to nobody. He’s the only member of a three-member board that legally can’t operate until the president and Congress give him at least one colleague. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)

What it’s like to work during a partial government shutdown alone. Literally.

The partial government shutdown has ceased nearly all operations at the Merit Systems Protection Board.

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In this Aug. 7, 2018, photo, Mark Robbins, the sole member of the Merit Systems Protection Board, walks through the supply closet, pointing to boxes full of cases, in his office in Washington. Robbins reads through federal workplace disputes, analyzes the cases, marks them with notes and logs his legal opinions. He then passes them along to nobody. He’s the only member of a three-member board that legally can’t operate until the president and Congress give him at least one colleague.  (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)

MSPB’s only member still has to work through partial shutdown

Amid the partial government shutdown, one group sometimes gets overlooked. Political appointees must stay on the job.

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FILE - In this Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012, file photo, soldiers salute the U.S. flag during the Pledge of Allegiance at a welcome home ceremony for soldiers returning from a deployment in Afghanistan, at Fort. Carson, Colo. For veterans, the GI Bill can be the ticket to a debt-free college education.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

VA makes change to payment method for Forever GI Bill benefits

In today’s Federal Newscast, the Department of Veterans Affairs was forced to change how it pays for veterans’ education benefits after IT problems.

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