• OPM Encourages Leaders to Question Progressive Discipline Model

    OPM Encourages Leaders to Question Progressive Discipline Model

    In a memo to agencies and a guidance posted last week, the Office of Personnel Management is encouraging agencies to step away from progressive penalties and tables of penalties in deciding what disciplinary action to take against employees. The guidance was issued to assist in the implementation of White House Executive Order 13839, which pushed agencies to promote greater accountability in their offices.

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Federal Agencies Can Suspend Indicted Feds Indefinitely

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Federal agencies can indefinitely suspend an employee they believe was involved in a crime, even before the person is found guilty – so long as the person in question has been indicted by a grand jury.

MSPB Clarifies Lack of Candor Charges

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A Veterans Affairs police officer was charged with lack of candor, among other charges and specifications, and although the Board sustained the employee’s removal, it reversed the charge of Lack of Candor, clarifying the law in the process.

MSPB Tackles Record High Caseload

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Last year, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) processed 28,509 cases – a record high for the board that hears the adverse action appeals of federal agencies against their employees.

Testimony Supporting Another Employee in AIB Interview is Not Protected

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On June 17, 2016, the Merit Systems Protection Board held that an appellant’s testimony during an Administrative Investigation Board (“AIB”) investigation is not protected activity under 5 U.S.C. § 2302(b)(9)(B), which protects agency employees that testify or lawfully assist individuals in the exercise of appeal, complaint, or grievance rights.

Trump Outlines Plan for VA Reform

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In a speech given yesterday in Virginia Beach, VA, the Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump outlined his plan to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, noting it would be one of his “many and highest priorities.”

VA Secretary has Harsh Words for Critics

Following a recent high-profile, highly-charged scandal in which he is accused of improperly using taxpayer funds for non-official travel, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin had surprisingly terse words for his critics this week.



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