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    OPM Pushes for Death Benefits Increase

    With Congress back for a brief period, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is pushing a legislative proposal to increase the current death gratuity rate for civilian workers killed on the job in addition to the funeral allowance allotted.

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MSPB: Constructive Knowledge of Disclosures Can Be Contributing Factor to Retaliation

MSPB: Constructive Knowledge of Disclosures Can Be Contributing Factor to Retaliation

The Merit Systems Protection Board reversed the decision of an administrative judge, finding that actual knowledge of an employee’s protected whistleblowing disclosures is not the only way to show that the employee’s disclosures were a “contributing factor” for a personnel action.

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Fully Embracing the Modern Workplace

Fully Embracing the Modern Workplace

One year out of college, in late 2007, I began my career as a Federal intern with a decidedly unusual circumstance for downtown Washington, D.C.—a private office, complete with a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking a famous Washington hotel.

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No “Third Party Review” for Employee Suspended after Work-Related Criminal Accusation

No “Third Party Review” for Employee Suspended after Work-Related Criminal Accusation

A Department of Veterans Affairs employee who had been indefinitely suspended after a grand jury indictment related to the allegedly unauthorized closing of over 2,700 unresolved consults for medical care had his indefinite suspension upheld by the Merit Systems Protection Board.

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Answered: Your Professional Liability Insurance Questions

Answered: Your Professional Liability Insurance Questions

As a result of recent news articles including Newsweek’s U.S. Probes Chinese Ownership of CIA-Linked Insurance Company article, FEDS has received numerous inquiries over the last month regarding ownership, coverage and the process of changing providers.

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OSC File Amicus Brief Against Elevated Burden of Proof in VA Whistleblower Case

OSC File Amicus Brief Against Elevated Burden of Proof in VA Whistleblower Case

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.

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This Week on FEDtalk: Professional Development for Senior Leaders

This Week on FEDtalk: Professional Development for Senior Leaders

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.

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This Week on FEDtalk: Checking in on Congress

This Week on FEDtalk: Checking in on Congress

This week on FEDtalk, Jason Briefel and Nikki Cannon are hosting a reporter’s roundtable to talk about Congress’ accomplishments during their most recent session, what still needs to be addressed, and predictions for their next session.

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Reduced IRS Budgets = Reduced Revenue and Service

Reduced IRS Budgets = Reduced Revenue and Service

Everyone agrees there’s a problem at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the question is: who is responsible? IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has described an “abysmal level of service,” and the numbers bear out the Commissioner’s concern.

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MSPB Clarifies Law on Preappointment Reason for Termination

MSPB Clarifies Law on Preappointment Reason for Termination

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.

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Testimony Supporting Another Employee in AIB Interview is Not Protected

Testimony Supporting Another Employee in AIB Interview is Not Protected

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.

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“When Barack and I first got here, one of the goals that we had was to open up the White House to as many people from as many backgrounds as possible.”


– Michelle Obama addressing the crowd at the 2016 White House Easter Egg Roll

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This Week on FEDtalk

This Week on FEDtalk: Professional Development for Senior Leaders

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.

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Answered: Your Professional Liability Insurance Questions

As a result of recent news articles including Newsweek’s U.S. Probes Chinese Ownership of CIA-Linked Insurance Company article, FEDS has received numerous inquiries over the last month regarding ownership, coverage and the process of changing providers.

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