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Federal Circuit: Employees Under Investigation Can Still Be Comparator Employees

Federal Circuit: Employees Under Investigation Can Still Be Comparator Employees

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned an arbitrator’s decision sustaining the employee’s removal for violating the agency’s time and attendance policies after finding that the arbitrator erred by imposing a “categorical rule of exclusion” against using employees who are similarly situated and under investigation as comparators when arguing that a penalty is not reasonable.

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Treasury CIO Reassignment Raises Red Flags

Treasury CIO Reassignment Raises Red Flags

With the decision this week to reassign Sonny Bhagowalia, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Department of Treasury, to a detail on the Bureau of Fiscal Service, a Federal News Radio piece by Jason Miller raises the question of whether this decision might be the first in a series of cascading dominoes.

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Legislation Would Make All Federal Employees 'At-Will' Hires

Legislation Would Make All Federal Employees 'At-Will' Hires

A bill introduced by Representative Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) seeks to take an unusually forward approach to federal workforce matters, aiming to classify all new federal hires as “at-will” employees.

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Interior Department Shake-up Raises Questions About Retaliation

Interior Department Shake-up Raises Questions About Retaliation

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the ranking member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced her intention to pursue an investigation into the reassignment of the director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the Department of the Interior.

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Watch: Every State in the US

Watch: Every State in the US

Wendover Productions gives a whirlwind tour of every state in the union, quickly outlining a few unique features of each.

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House GOP Budget Proposal Includes Federal Retirement Cuts

House GOP Budget Proposal Includes Federal Retirement Cuts

After initially displaying reticence to go along with the cuts to federal employees proposed in President Trump’s budget blueprint, House Republicans this week included similar measures in their own budget blueprint.

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FMA Applauds Bill Providing Fairness to Feds in Combat Zones

FMA Applauds Bill Providing Fairness to Feds in Combat Zones

When America’s brave warriors step into a combat zone, such as Afghanistan or Iraq, their taxes are forgiven on their military pay.

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Fight Terrorism with the Space Program?

Fight Terrorism with the Space Program?

Public service is about serving others and a cause bigger than yourself. That sense of something bigger has drawn us toward incredible achievements in our history, like exploring space.

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Despite Lack of Quorum, Board Grants Stay at OSC Request

Despite Lack of Quorum, Board Grants Stay at OSC Request

On July 13, 2017, the Merit Systems Protection Board, currently without a quorum and consisting of only one member (Vice Chairman Mark Robbins) extended a stay of a Department of Veterans Affairs physician’s removal after the request was made by the Office of Special Counsel.

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A National Dialogue with Arlington National Cemetery

A National Dialogue with Arlington National Cemetery

In about twenty-five years, Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) will run out of space as an active cemetery to honor our Nation's veterans.

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Soft Skills: What are they and Why do you need them?

Soft Skills: What are they and Why do you need them?

You’ve surely heard the term before and you probably have some idea of what “soft skills” are. Over the past few years, people-oriented soft skills have been a hot topic in the HR community.

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USASpending.gov Rollout is a Model of Government Done Well

USASpending.gov Rollout is a Model of Government Done Well

The rollout of USASpending.gov, the culmination of three years of work to implement the requirements of the DATA Act of 2014, represents a laudable example of the federal government successfully tackling an enormous project efficiently and effectively, as noted by Government Executive.

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Sixth Circuit Rules that Feds Can't Collect Twice

Sixth Circuit Rules that Feds Can't Collect Twice

On July 10, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that because liability under the workers’ compensation scheme for federal employees, the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (“FECA”) is “exclusive” of “all other liability of the United States” to the employee under tort liability statutes, the plaintiff could not recover under the Federal Tort Claims Act (“FTCA”) even when his “work-related injury [had] been allegedly negligently treated by an entirely non-work-related federal hospital.

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At Final DATA Act Summit, Government and Tech Leaders Discuss Open Data

At Final DATA Act Summit, Government and Tech Leaders Discuss Open Data

Just before the Independence Day weekend, a gathering of hundreds–including federal executives, lawmakers, tech advocates, data scientists, and more–met at the fourth (and final) DATA Act Summit at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. 

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VA to Publicly Post Employees’ Disciplinary Actions

VA to Publicly Post Employees’ Disciplinary Actions

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) this week announced a new policy under which all major disciplinary actions taken against VA employees will be publicly posted.

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Legislation Takes Aim at Federal Contracting Process

Legislation Takes Aim at Federal Contracting Process

A recent bill introduced by Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Don Beyer (D-VA) would modify the federal contracting process, aiming to cut back on incessant use of lowest-price technically acceptable (LPTA) in procurement proceedings.

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Cases for Political Art

Cases for Political Art

A look at art history through a political lens, highlighting some of the most powerful pieces of political art in history, the elements that made those particular works resonate, and the personalities behind the particular creations.

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How to Win at Details & Rotational Assignments

How to Win at Details & Rotational Assignments

Since the hiring freeze, I’ve received a version of this e-mail at least once a week: “Kevin, I just saw a really cool detail at Agency/Office X and wanted your thoughts about it before I talk to my boss about it.” 

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