Six out of every 1,000 new supervisors fail their probationary periods, according to a new analysis from the Merit Systems Protection Board.
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.
Dealing with problem employees can help productivity and morale, and it can be done without extreme changes to the structure of the civil service.
Federal News Radio reporters Nicole Ogrysko and Meredith Somers cover the civilian agencies of the U.S. government. Together they bring a fresh and thoughtful approach to the stories from the federal workforce that are often overlooked.
The Veterans Affairs Department fires its D.C. medical center director, Brian Hawkins. This is the second time the department has attempted to fire Hawkins for “ineffective leadership.”
Without action from the president, the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations will expire at the end of the month.
The VA secretary is not merely angry at the MPSB’s recent request to reinstate Brian Hawkins, he’s determined to fire him
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) reintroduced the Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency (PAGE) Act after a similar bill died in the previous Congress. The legislation would give agencies the authority to remove or suspend new employees “without notice or right to appeal, from service by the head of the agency at which such employee is employed for good cause, bad cause or no cause at all.”
Does the government fire enough people? Does it deal effectively with poor performers? Is the disciplinary and adverse action process effective? The answer to all three questions is probably no.
The Republic will continue to function if the MSPB lacks board members. But what about fairness and accountability?