Merit Systems Protection Board

  • When is fair and open recruiting not fair?

    Certain recruiting and hiring authorities within agencies “threaten the principle of fair and open competition,” according to the latest report from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal offers his take.

  • MSPB: Holding fair, open job competitions isn’t easy in government

    In a new report, the Merit Systems Protection Board says federal hiring managers are having trouble balancing rules meant to help veterans and other select groups benefit veterans and other select or other groups for hiring managers who are supposed to hold fair and open competitions for jobs.

  • Board finds GSA wrongfully fired two senior officials in conference scandal

    The Merit System Protection Board agrees that GSA’s conference scandal was, indeed, scandalous. But at least two of the senior officials GSA fired in response didn’t have much to do with the whole affair.

  • Testing the VA’s new rapid-fire-you weapon

    A ruling could have a major impact on the pay, pensions. bonuses and job security of Uncle Sam’s 6,000 top career executives, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

  • Merit Board upholds senior exec’s firing in VA scandal

    The Merit Systems Protection Board has affirmed the Veterans Affairs Department’s decision to ax James Talton, one of the first senior executives targeted under a new law that speeds up the removal process. Talton headed the Central Alabama Veterans Administration Healthcare System.

  • MSPB report unravels veterans’ rights under workforce laws

    In a report released just before Veterans Day, the Merit Systems Protection Board outlined some of the complications in two key veterans workforce laws. Sharon Roth, MSPB senior research analyst, said managers need to better understand veterans’ rights when hiring.

  • Sharon Roth, Senior Research Analyst, Merit Systems Protection Board

    Just in time for Veterans Day, the Merit Systems Protection Board has issued fresh guidance for federal managers on the topic of veterans hiring preferences. Two laws underpin the myriad of veterans preference regulations. Sharon Roth, a senior research analyst at the Merit Systems Protection Board, was the project manager of the report. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the new guidance.

  • VA begins process to remove executive at center of FedBid scandal

    Sloan Gibson, VA’s deputy secretary, said he’s proposed the removal of Susan Taylor, the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration. Gibson will use the new authorities provided by Congress and President Barack Obama in August under the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014.

  • Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

    A new law signed by the President last month gives the Veterans Affairs secretary lots of discretion to fire or demote members of the Senior Executive Service. The law came in response to management problems resulting in long wait times for admittance to VA facilities. The law means SESers at VA work under a different set of civil service rules than those in the rest of government. It also imposes new burdens on the Merit Systems Protection Board. The board issued an interim final rule on how the agency will carry out the new mandate. Chairwoman Susan Tsui Grundmann joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the comments the board received about the rule and what the law does require of the board.

  • Federal whistleblowers face ‘best and worst’ of times, expert says

    Tom Devine of the Government Accountability Project told a House subcommittee Tuesday that some agencies are circumventing the protections provided by the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act.