Merit Systems Protection Board

  • 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.

  • MSPB: Congress should simplify veterans preference hiring laws

    A new report from the Merit Systems Protection Board says that it’s time for Congress to simplify the overly complex veterans preference laws to make sure they’re doing what Congress put them in place to do.

  • Despite 50 years of progress, morale gap among LGBT workers persists

    Despite a series of efforts to expand the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender federal workers by the Obama administration, LGBT feds, who comprise about 3 percent of the federal workforce, are less satisfied, feel less empowered on the job and are less likely to rate their agency’s senior leaders and management as highly as their non-LGBT counterparts, according to a recent survey.

  • Alice In Washington Wonderland

    Thanks to Congressional budget cutters and the White House sequestration program, two of the most important federal operations – the IRS and the Social Security Administration – are getting smaller and slower. So, how much longer can we afford these ‘savings’, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks?

  • Senate bill to fire VA SESers could further overwhelm MSPB

    Legislation in the Senate would allow the Veterans Affairs secretary to dismiss members of the Senior Executive Service on the grounds of performance, and that could mean more appeal cases for the already-swamped Merit Systems Protection Board.

  • Furloughs: Can we ‘afford’ the savings?

    Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: If the score is 32,000 them and 0 you, do you change your game plan? If your significant other says no 32,000 times in a row, do you consider another tactic? Do Congress and the White House need a new playbook?