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This week, after a long wait, the Senate confirmed Charles P. Rettig, President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which has been under the leadership of an Acting Director since the departure of former Commissioner John Koskinen in November of 2017.
As reported by Jory Heckman at Federal News Radio, the nonprofit organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) has complained that the Secretary of the Interior’s use of acting officials is inappropriate. The group has previously asked the Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) “to look into what it considered ‘blatant violations’ of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act.”
An employee who was removed from federal employment as a result of a positive drug test appealed his removal. After the removal was sustained by a Merit Systems Protection Board (“MSPB”) administrative judge and a panel at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the employee petitioned the appeals court for panel rehearing and rehearing en banc. On August 31, 2018, the appeals court denied his petitions, with two appeals court judges dissenting from the majority’s decision.
Whistleblower reprisal cases have increased six-fold in the last few years. Although some whistleblower reprisal cases are unsubstantiated, it can be easy to make targets of federal officials. More and more managers, supervisors and law enforcement officials are accused of and investigated for some allegation at some point in their careers. In what may become a super-charged environment, an agency lawyer may be assigned to assist you in an OSC or EEO investigation but this attorney represents the government’s interests, not yours as an individual employee, and the agency attorney may advance a position adverse to yours.
Late last week, three organizations that “advocate policies to strengthen the federal government’s leadership capabilities” released a new policy agenda targeted at strengthening the Senior Executive Service, the cadre of career federal leaders established under the Civil Service Reform Act that now fills the upper-ranks of most federal agencies. The agenda includes “proposed actions by both Congress and individual federal agencies, including the Office of Personnel Management and the Office of Management and Budget.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a new report detailing the results of its investigation into the claims backlog at the agency. The backlog constitutes “the number of ratings cases that took more than 125 days to complete,” according to Leo Shane III at Military Times.
WAEPA’s Annual Member Meeting this October will include a Plenary Address by Jordan Goodman, America’s Money Answers Man, on a variety of cutting-edge topics surrounding Financial Wellness. WAEPA sat down with Jordan to discuss one of the most noteworthy portions planned for speech, centered around paying off your mortgage in 5-7 years (on your existing level of income!).
At this point in my career, I am contemplating what skills I need to best serve my program and prepare myself for a supervisory role in the future. I knew that I needed to find an environment where I could connect with other professionals who had recently moved from non-supervisory to supervisory roles in the federal government, and to learn as much as possible about what I can cultivate that will help me do the same. This year I was fortunate enough to be awarded a scholarship by Young Government Leaders and their scholarship sponsor, GEICO, which supported my attendance at the 2018 NextGen Summit.
Hear from historian Timothy Snyder about the politics of inevitability and the politics of eternity. These two mindsets are relevant to understanding the current political mood in the United States.