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    GSA Issues Final Rule on Payments in Kind

    The General Services Administration has issued a final rule creating a new definition for “payment in kind” to account for waived or discounted registration fees provided by non-federal sponsors of meetings or functions in which an agency employee speaks, participates in a panel, or presents information. The rule notes that these are not payments in kind.

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Despite Lack of Quorum, Board Grants Stay at OSC Request

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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.

Good Government Groups Urge Removal of Whistleblower Provisions from the CR


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).

MSPB Clarifies Law on Preappointment Reason for Termination

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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.

MSPB Releases FY 2017 Report

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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.

New Leadership for VA Committees

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Committees overseeing the Department of Veterans Affairs and related issues will come under new leadership in the 115th Congress.

OSC File Amicus Brief Against Elevated Burden of Proof in VA Whistleblower Case

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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.

VA Secretary Talks Accountability on Fox & Friends


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. 



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