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White House Launches "It's On Us" Campaign to Combat Sexual Assault on Campuses

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

Last week, The White House launched the “It’s On Us” campaign. The campaign’s goal is to end sexual assault on college campuses. The campaign asks everyone—men and women across America—to make a personal commitment to be part of the solution to this problem.

“An estimated one in five women has been sexually assaulted during her college years -- one in five," the President noted. "Of those assaults, only 12 percent are reported, and of those reported assaults, only a fraction of the offenders are punished."

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MSPB Mitigates Demotion Based on Misrepresentation Charge to Letter of Warning Due to Inconsistent Penalties

A United States Postal Service Customer Service Supervisor was demoted and reassigned to a different duty station based on one charge of misrepresentation. According to the agency, the employee intentionally and artificially inflated mail volumes on several routes on six different dates in September and October of 2012. The employee appealed the decision to the Merit Systems Protection Board, and an MSPB administrative judge found that the employee intentionally misrepresented mail volume reports on the dates noted in the demotion proposal. To come to this conclusion, the administrative judge relied on the agency’s documentary evidence and witness testimony. After the finding against him, the employee petitioned for review by the full Board, asserting that he was denied a full and fair adjudication process, that the administrative judge’s finding that the agency proved that he intentionally misrepresented mail volumes was incorrect, and that he was subjected to a disparate penalty compared to other similarly-situated supervisors. On September 9, 2014, the Merit Systems Protection Board affirmed the initial decision, but mitigated the penalty from a demotion and reassignment to a letter of warning and a geographic reassignment.

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Agencies Found to Frequently Dismiss EEO Complaints Improperly

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For federal managers, defending against EEO complaints is increasingly becoming a commonplace part of the job. It also appears as though more and more EEO complaints are being dismissed improperly. The report by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission titled Common Errors by Federal Agencies in Dismissing Complaints of Discrimination on Procedural Grounds was released September 15th. The report details how federal agencies have increasingly dismissed EEO complaints without proper adjudication.

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