The bipartisan duo leading the Senate Judiciary Committee want to know how much money agencies are spending on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation in which the complainant substantially prevails.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced legislation to encourage federal employees to identify surplus or unneeded funds.
Such funds are often obligated towards the end of the fiscal year, a practice often criticized by lawmakers.
President Obama is hoping to take the “acting” out of Denise Turner Roth’s title at the General Services Administration (GSA).
Last week the President nominated Roth, the current Acting Administrator and former Deputy Administrator, for the position of Administrator.
On Friday, June 13, 2014, Small Business Administration Presidential Management Fellows Program fellow was terminated for “unacceptable conduct” from a position as a Veterans Affairs Specialist during a two-year trial period beginning on July 1, 2013. The former fellow filed suit under the Tucker Act with the United States Court of Federal Claims, claiming that due to certain “inducements” there had been an implied contract for the duration of his two-year fellowship and that because he had substantially performed what he had contracted to perform, the agency was required to fulfill their promise of continued employment throughout the remainder of the fellowship.
The Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over the federal workforce held its first hearing last week entitled “21st century ideas for the 20th century federal civil service.”
The topics of discussion were perennial issues on the federal workforce: challenges in recruiting and retaining employees, effective performance management, compensation, the General Schedule system, and a disciplinary process that upholds principles of fairness and due process.
In many agencies, federal employees are taking advantage of more flexible work options. Almost a year ago, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum entitled Enhancing Workplace Flexibilities and Work-Life Programs. In the memo, the President argues that such flexibilities are essential to “attract, empower, and retain a talented and productive workforce in the 21st century.” Despite this showing of Presidential support, it can be challenging for both an employee and a manager to converse about alternative work schedules (AWS), flexible work schedules, and telework.