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.”
With a backlog of 700,000 cases on file, the NBIB is being squeezed on one side by contractors who need clearances to win government business, and by agencies who need to fill critical and sensitive positions. One observer says its time to re-think the clearance process and bring it into the 21st century.
AFGE and NFFE say they have not had a substantive seat at the table during the drafting of HUD’s reform plans.
Without action from the president, the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations will expire at the end of the month.
The Pentagon’s new Cyber Excepted Service will extend the probationary period for new employees to three years and give hiring managers more flexibility to recruit candidates.
A group of lawyers is encouraging the Office of Special Counsel to take special notice of the senior executive reassignments at the Interior Department, out of fear they could have dangerous implications for the future of the civil service.
The Veterans Affairs Department’s push to more easily fire employees charged with misconduct has found its latest target — the former director of the Washington, D.C. VA medical center.
FEMA has a limited view into the allegations of misconduct that come from the agency’s employees, because it lacks both the case management system and the written disciplinary policies to address misconduct from its cohort of temporary workers.
As members of Congress encourage the whistleblower community to continue to speak up, they acknowledged the long list of improvements they want to make to whistleblower protections at individual agencies like the IRS and FBI.
The Republican Study Committee released its own take on the fiscal 2018 budget, which includes several cuts to federal pay, retirement and health benefits. Here’s how the committee’s budget proposal measures up to other recommendations from the Trump administration and other House lawmakers.
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.
Defense Secretary Mattis is reviewing the chief innovation officer position after his predecessor moved full speed ahead on it.
Debra D’Agostino, founding partner of The Federal Practice Group, joins host Derrick Dortch on this week’s Fed Access to discuss whistleblower protections for federal employees, and how to navigate the security clearance process in the federal government. July 21, 2017