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HHS Secretary Steps Down, to be Replaced by OMB Director

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Late last week Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation, and President Obama nominated Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director Sylvia Mathews Burwell as her replacement. The New York Times first broke the story of Sebelius’ resignation.

Sebelius was one of Obama’s longest serving cabinet members.  The President marked her resignation and Burwell’s nomination with a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

Sebelius’ resignation closely followed the end of the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, where the administration hit its goal of signing up over 7 million Americans for insurance plans. Critics had called for Sebelius to step down for months following the rollout of the HealthCare.Gov website.  

OPM Issues Report on Pay Equality in Government

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Analyzing historical pay data, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) found in a new report that female federal employees earn 87 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn.

The OPM report was issued in response to President Obama’s May 10, 2013 memorandum on Advancing Pay Equality in the Federal Government and Learning from Successful Practices.

The 2013 memorandum directed the OPM director to develop a strategy for addressing any gender pay gap in the federal workforce. The strategy was to consider whether changes to the General Schedule (GS) classification system were needed, whether guidance for agencies to promote greater transparency around salaries was necessary, and recommendations for additional administrative or legislative actions or studies.  

Changes Coming for CFC as OPM Releases Final Rule

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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced that final regulations to update the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) will be released in the Federal Register in the coming days.

The proposed rule changes will provide employees “more choice, convenience, and confidence, as well as a more cost-effective system,” according to the OPM announcement.

The final rule is the result of three years of research and work, which was initiated following the 50th anniversary of the CFC. Last year OPM issued a proposed rule, and the final rule that will soon be published incorporated some but not all of the many suggestions and comments OPM received.

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YGL Profiles

An Interview with Melanie Keller, Assoc. Director for Management, Center for Drug Evaluation & Research (CDER)

Melanie Keller is the Associate Director for Management at the Center for Drug Evaluation & Research (CDER), the largest Center at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She serves as the Center’s Executive Officer and oversees all administrative operations. Ms. Keller is responsible for budget formulation, user fee collection, and execution of a $1 billion annual budget. She also leads and directs the Center’s human capital management of more than 4,500 employees, and is currently leading recruitment strategies for 795 vacancies within the Center. 

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Weekly Leadership Reflection

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

Woodrow Wilson

Heard Inside the Beltway

Whistleblowers are often treated like skunks at a picnic. It takes guts to put your career on the line to expose waste and fraud, and whistleblowers need senators who will listen and advocate for them.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) announcing plans to create a Senate Whistleblower Caucus

From the Hill

Senators Explore Oversight of Small Agencies, Drafting New IG Bill

Senators last week discussed oversight of small agencies, commissions, and boards with a hearing before the Senate’s Financial and Contracting Oversight subcommittee.

Challenges of small agency oversight was discussed at the hearing, as were potential legislative actions to improve the oversight of such organizations.  

Chairwoman of the subcommittee, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said at the hearing that there are at least 40 small agencies with over $1 billion in budgetary authority with “virtually no oversight.”

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Case Law Update

MSPB Grants Veteran’s Request for Corrective Action after DoD Rejected Job Application

A GS-12 Defense Contract Management Agency (“DCMA”) employee applied for a GS-13 position. The vacancy announcement, issued by DCMA, listed the DCMA and Department of Defense (“DoD”) employees that could apply for the position, and specified that applicants “MUST submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to: for current employment verification, a non-award [Standard Form (SF)]-50 or DD3434…” The DCMA employee’s application contained a resume, an SF-52, education transcripts, and a Form DD 214, but was rejected due to the employee’s failure to include an SF-50. An MSPB administrative judge found that the agency improperly rejected the employee’s application, because the SF-52 he included contained the same employment verification documentation. However, the administrative judge ultimately denied the employee’s request for corrective action because of a finding that the agency did not accept applications from individuals outside its own workforce under merit promotion procedures, and therefore had not violated statute by denying the employee, who was a veteran under 5 U.S.C. § 3304(f)(1), the opportunity to compete. On April 1, 2014, the MSPB reversed the initial decision in part, and granted the employee’s request for corrective action.

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GEICO's Good Stuff

Tell Us: Why Do You Heart Public Service

GEICO’s Good Stuff is a column series highlighting great stuff happening in the federal community.

The Public Employees Roundtable (PER) is collecting testimonials from government employees and members of the public in support of an I “Heart” Public Service whiteboard photo campaign. Images will be posted on the PER on Facebook and Instagram pages.

The group behind Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), which takes place this year from May 4-10, launched the whiteboard campaign in support of this year’s theme: Proud to Serve.

Government employees and members of the public are invited to fill out their own whiteboard and share why they love public service and tag their photos with #PSRW and #Proud2ServeUSA.

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