The second of two Department of Veterans Affairs senior executives had her demotion reversed by a Merit Systems Protection Board judge. Diana Rubens was demoted from her executive position by the VA for allegedly abusing her power for her own personal gain. Fellow SESer Kimberly Graves received a similar decision from a judge last week.
A Merit Systems Protection Board judge reversed the decision by the VA to demote one of its senior executives for alleged misconduct involving a relocation program. Reports also say another VA official demoted for the same reason is currently defending herself in a Philadelphia court.
Joe Carson, a 31-year federal employee and a prevailing whistleblower, explains why he believes the U.S. Office of Special Counsel withdrew its rule about contractor whistleblower disclosures.
Agencies don’t have a common way to train and develop their Senior Executive Service members. The Merit Systems Protection Board spoke with 23 agencies about their training programs for SES. Half of them couldn’t say how often their SES members get training opportunities. Tanya Page is a senior research psychologist and the project manager for MSPB’s new report. She shared what prompted the agency to start this research now with Federal News Radio’s Nicole Ogrysko, who stopped by to share those findings on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
A new report from the Merit Systems Protection Board finds a gap between the training agencies say they’ll give their senior executives, and the opportunities SES members actually receive.
The Office of Special Counsel, Merit Systems Protection Board and Office of Government Ethics haven’t received authorization from Congress since 2007. But Congress says it wants to consider additional legislation and statutory changes before it issues new reauthorizations.
MSPB Chair Susan Tsui Grundmann took aim at a recent law and the legislation it’s spawned. The year-old Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 curtails the due process rights of Senior Executive Service members in the Veterans Affairs Department. Just recently, the House passed legislation to extend the measure to the rest of the VA’s workforce.
The house has passed a bill that makes it easier and quicker to fire Veterans Affairs employees. Some see Congress’ latest drive to hold government accountable as noble. Others see it as an impending civil rights violation. Susan Tsui Grundmann is chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board. As Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp report, she falls into the latter category.
The Merit Systems Protection Board has some big plans for 2015. That’s according to Chairwoman Susan Tsui Grundmann. In part one of her conversation with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive, she discussed the board’s annual report card for 2014. Today, she discusses her plans for the upcoming year. In addition to establishing an E-filing system for merit systems claims, Grundmann said she has two other main priorities to accomplish.
The Merit Systems Protection Board recently released its annual report card for 2014. It summarizes the agency’s performance in the last year, and lays out some targets to try and hit in the current year. Susan Tsui Grundmann, chairwoman of the MSPB, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report card — as well as what’s hopefully in store for 2015.