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Attesting that it has a substantial interest in a legal issue presented by Salazar v. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Office of Special Counsel filed a “friend of the court,” or amicus curiae, brief on August 3, 2016, with the Merit Systems Protection Board arguing that an employee who makes a disclosure in his normal course of duties should not be subject to an elevated standard when attempting to prove a prima facie case of whistleblower retaliation.
With the EEOC Executive Leadership Training only a few months away, keynote speaker and internationally-recognized workplace expert, Jones Loflin, guests on FEDtalk to discuss professional development at the senior level.
The Merit Systems Protection Board reversed the termination of a Department of Veterans Affairs employee who was terminated after the Agency discovered that a current probation agreement bound the employee to inform prospective employers of his status and prohibited the use of computers with online services and the use of data encryption.
On June 17, 2016, the Merit Systems Protection Board held that an appellant’s testimony during an Administrative Investigation Board (“AIB”) investigation is not protected activity under 5 U.S.C. § 2302(b)(9)(B), which protects agency employees that testify or lawfully assist individuals in the exercise of appeal, complaint, or grievance rights.
CareerPro Global’s SES team has assisted more than 4,000 SES applicants, most of which are GS-15s, corporate executives, or senior military officers. We also sometimes see GS-14s step up and apply for SES positions—especially those with a former corporate or military careers. In addition, we are seeing more agencies push their GS-14s to begin learning about, considering, and preparing for the SES early.
Millennials are the largest, most diverse generation the country has ever seen, yet less than seven percent of all federal employees are Millennials (born after 1980). A slow hiring process and a series of poorly executed internship programs may contribute to the lack of interest from Millennials.