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EPA OIG Report Reveals Common Problems in Issuing Discipline

A June report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Office of Inspector General criticized the actions of agency management regarding disciplinary actions against employees. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) report alleged a “culture of complacency” at the EPA that led to lax time and attendance controls, as well as lengthy delays in issuing discipline to offending employees.

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Federal Managers Face Challenge of Discrimination Issues in the Workplace

Being a manager or supervisor has long been one of the most difficult jobs in the federal workforce, given the myriad challenges inherent in running an efficient office, in addition to following all government-wide regulations. One of the more pressing issues managers have to deal with, especially in recent years, is how to handle and stop discrimination in the workplace. As you are likely aware, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and additional legislation, prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, national origin, disability, age (over 40), gender or religion. 

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Legalization of Marijuana has no Bearing on Federal Prohibition for Employees

With the ushering in of a new law legalizing the possession of marijuana in the District of Columbia, there is bound to be some amount of confusion among the roughly 500,000 federal employees who live in the area surrounding the nation’s capital.

However, there is an unequivocal answer to any questions federal employees may have about using marijuana in states or localities where it is legal: it is strictly prohibited for members of the federal workforce.

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Survey Shows Federal Managers Embracing Technology

A recent survey of senior federal employees has revealed that federal managers largely approve of the use of digital technology and wish their agencies would increase such usage, while simultaneously fretting that the federal government is not adapting to today’s technology as quickly as the private sector. The survey, released in January, was conducted by the National Academy of Public Administration and Virginia technology consulting firm ICF International and surveyed approximately 10,000 federal employees, most of whom were at the GS-13 level and up. A sizable majority of the managers who responded answered that devices and software such as smartphones, tablets, apps, online services, and video-conferencing have both improved their productivity and helped them to serve more Americans.

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