In today's Federal Newscast, the Department of Veterans Affairs was forced to change how it pays for veterans' education benefits after IT problems.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee failed to clear any of the president's nominees to fill the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), creating dim prospects for the agency's future.
The Senate has little time left to vote on the president's three nominees to serve as members on the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). If the Senate doesn't act before the year ends, the board may have no members.
Tune in to FEDtalk on Federal News Radio, part of the Federal News Network October 13th, 2018, the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) turns 40 years old. The CSRA fundamentally changed the federal government and its workforce, spawning the majority of regulations, policies, and structures that continue to govern the day-to-day business of work within the federal government.
October 13, 2018
Oversight committees in both chambers of Congress this week will consider the president's nominees to sit on the Merit Systems Protection Board, along with other changes to disciplinary actions and probationary periods for federal employees.
The Trump administration is also considering a move of another Office of Personnel Management program, HR Solutions. Multiple sources say the administration wants to move HR Solutions to the General Services Administration.
In today's Federal Newscast, Senator John McCain said Gina Haspell will have to explain her involvement in the CIA's enhanced interrogation program before he'll vote for her confirmation.
If the Senate confirms President Donald Trump's nominee to the Merit Systems Protection Board, it would restore a quorum after a year-long gap.
The Merit Systems Protection Board says workforce reductions under the Trump administration's government reorganization effort could add to its workload — at time when the agency still lacks a quorum.
Mark Robbins, the lone member and chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, has personally voted on 750 petitions for review since the agency lost its second member last January. Robbins' term expires in March.
Mark Robbins, the only appointee left, on the MSRB, continues to crank out his workload while federal workers wait to hear their appeals on civil services cases against their employers.
Agency culture and a poor understanding of the disciplinary process are some of the biggest challenges supervisors, managers and senior executives said they face when trying to fire an employee for misconduct. The Merit Systems Protection Board surveyed 10,000 federal managers about their understanding and opinions of civil adverse action procedures.