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Updates for OPM Alert Mobile App Enables Use on Work Devices

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

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) mobile application, OPM Alert, has been updated to allow “many more Federal employees and military personnel to access it,” the agency said in a blog post.

The OPM Alert app provides status updates for federal government operations in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Phased Retirement: From An Employee's Perspective (Part One)

In my opinion, Phased Retirement won’t be for everyone.  I’m guessing most folks won’t be interested at all.  However, if I was considering part-time employment at the end of my Federal career, I would consider Phased Retirement instead.  Phased Retirement is certainly better than just switching from full time to part time Federal employment… especially if I don’t have a private sector job lined up upon retirement from Federal service.

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EEOC Executive Leadership Development Training in DC

Designed for senior leaders in the EEO and HR fields, this one-day training will ensure that attendees have the necessary leadership skills to continue to excel in their careers.  The training seminar will feature speakers who are industry leaders in management, professional development and personal growth skills - all of which make-up the well-rounded leader.

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Board Denies OPM Petition for Reconsideration of Decision Granting DSR Annuity to Employee Who Served Final Years under Settlement’s Term Appointment

A Department of Interior (“DOI”) employee was removed from his position in November of 2004 for unacceptable performance. The employee appealed his removal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (“MSPB”), but the DOI and the employee entered into a settlement agreement before an initial decision was reached. That settlement agreement provided that the employee would be “converted…to a four (4) year term appointment…as a Biologist (or other agreed upon position) beginning on January 12, 2005” and ending on January 12, 2009. The stated intent of this settlement provision was to provide the employee adequate time under current Office of Personnel Management regulations to receive a discontinued service (“DSR”) annuity. At the expiration of the four-year term, the agency extended the employee’s job for one additional year. In February 2010, the DOI cited the expiration of the employee’s term and separated the employee from service. However, OPM denied the employee’s application (in both an initial and reconsideration decision) for a DSR annuity after his separation, concluding that the settlement agreement “was an artifice designed to evade the statutory DSR requirements.” The employee appealed OPM’s reconsideration decision to the MSPB, and an administrative judge issued an initial decision reversing OPM’s determination. On appeal to the full Board, the Board affirmed the administrative judge’s decision. OPM filed a petition for reconsideration. On September 5, 2014, the Merit Systems Protection Board denied OPM’s petition for reconsideration and affirmed its prior opinion as modified.

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