• #FedWomenLead shares tips for successful management

    A panel of five women who have successfully climbed the ladder of federal employment offered advice and inspiration to other feds seeking to emulate their achievements.

  • Few options for VA to add harsher punishments for VBA execs

    There isn’t much more the Veterans Affairs Department can do, now that the Merit Systems Protection Board overturned punishments for two of four senior executives accused of misconduct. The VA handed out lighter punishments to the four VBA leaders, despite criticism from Congress.

  • VA proposes reduced punishments for VBA leaders

    Following an investigation by VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson, the agency is recommending a combination of reduced pay and suspension for four VA leaders involved in relocation “impropriety.”

  • New House bill targets VA recruitment, hiring challenges

    The House Veterans Affairs Committee is considering legislation to give the VA secretary the authority to set pay and performance appraisals for medical directors. It also includes several provisions that are designed to help the VA attract and hire more doctors and nurses.

  • VA unveils new SES accountability options as Senate fast-tracks vets omnibus

    Accountability in the Senior Executive Service will be at the center of congressional discussions on a new omnibus legislative package for the Veterans Affairs Department. Senate VA Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said he wants the VA and the committee to finish its work on the legislation by April 1.

  • OPM offers new, streamlined application options for SES candidates

    Senior Executive Service candidates can now submit a resume as part of their application package to the Qualification Review Board, the Office of Personnel Management said. OPM has a few suggestions for agencies to shorten the submission process for SES candidates. The guidance is the latest in a series of memos addressing the President’s executive order on SES reforms.

  • Senators goof on MSPB letter

    The MSPB in 2015 upheld agency decisions or actions on initial appeal nearly every time. But not for the Veterans Affairs Department. So what are the senators asking?

  • Twist in Helman case puts VA in knots

    Thanks to the flawed Choice Act Congress hastily passed in 2014, SESers exist in a sort of twilight of civil service protection.

  • VA’s struggles with MSPB open door for SES oversight changes

    Senior leaders at the Veterans Affairs Department say the bill that was supposed to help them hold agency senior executives more accountable isn’t working. Agency leaders are considering changes to the VA Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act).

  • Focus on deadlines for discipline, not administrative leave

    Monica Molnar, a senior associate with the Federal Practice Group, argues that Congress is focusing on the wrong solution when it comes to fixing the administrative leave process.

  • 2 VA execs return to work, could still face additional punishments

    Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens, who were reinstated to their positions as directors of the St. Paul and Philadelphia regional veterans benefits offices, could face another form of punishment, following the results of a second investigation from VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson. The results of the investigation, which took longer than Gibson expected, should come in another week.

  • New OPM leadership, hiring tools to give agencies much-needed clarification

    The Office of Personnel Management will clarify and create new tools to help agency leaders better understand the authorities they already have to recruit and retain new employees and boost engagement in their workplaces, says Mark Reinhold, OPM’s associate director for employee services and chief human capital officer.

  • MSPB reverses punishment for third VA senior executive

    Some members of Congress are taking aim at the Merit Systems Protection Board, after it released its third decision in nearly a month to reverse punishments for senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department. MSPB is standing by its decisions, arguing that it must comply with the 2014 Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act.

  • OPM issues new SES onboarding guidance

    The Office of Personnel Management recently released guidelines for agencies to follow as they stand up new onboarding plans for senior executives.

  • Concerns grow over VA’s proposal to put SES MSPB rights up for grabs

    VA Secretary Bob McDonald and Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson are working with Congress on a proposal that would strip senior agency executives of their rights to appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board when they face disciplinary action. But the proposal faces growing criticism from the Senior Executives Association and others.