• OPM Sends Memo to Agencies on More Efficient Hiring

    OPM Sends Memo to Agencies on More Efficient Hiring

    In a memo released to agencies on Friday from the Office of Personnel Management, OPM Acting Director Margaret Weichert outlined ways agencies can change their hiring practices to better evaluate candidates. A key pillar of this plan is involving subject matter experts in the decision-making process.

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Federal Circuit Reverses MSPB Order to Repay OPM Overpayment

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After the Merit Systems Protection Board found that a retired federal employee failed to prove that the recovery of overpaid benefits from the Federal Employee Retirement System (“FERS”) would be against equity and good conscience, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the MSPB’s decision, finding that the Administrative Judge’s analysis (which the full Board accepted) was not supported by substantial evidence, was erroneous, and that recovery of the overpayment was unconscionable given the “inexplicable” three-year delay by OPM to finalize the retiree’s benefits, and the additional four-year delay between the retiree’s request for reconsideration and OPM’s decision. 

Legislation Would Make All Federal Employees 'At-Will' Hires

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A bill introduced by Representative Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) seeks to take an unusually forward approach to federal workforce matters, aiming to classify all new federal hires as “at-will” employees.

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