On July 13, 2017, the Merit Systems Protection Board, currently without a quorum and consisting of only one member (Vice Chairman Mark Robbins) extended a stay of a Department of Veterans Affairs physician’s removal after the request was made by the Office of Special Counsel.
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A coalition of nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations has banded together to voice their concerns and urge the Senate to remove provisions from the Continuing Resolution (CR) that they say would not adequately protect whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
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.
On January 19, 2018, the Merit Systems Protection Board issued its FY 2017 Annual Report, which highlighted the Board’s lack of quorum, the most “critical issue” during the past year.
Committees overseeing the Department of Veterans Affairs and related issues will come under new leadership in the 115th Congress.
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.
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.
Today, President Obama laid out his final budget proposal – a $4.15 trillion package.
Newly confirmed Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David Shulkin stopped by Fox & Friends to discuss his vision and agenda under the new administration and holding employees accountable when necessary.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) this week announced a new policy under which all major disciplinary actions taken against VA employeeswill be publicly posted.