• GSA Issues Final Rule on Payments in Kind

    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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Agencies Can Punish Employees Who Refuse to Break Rules

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has set a new precedent for the federal workforce by upholding a ruling from the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) wherein a State Department employee was punished for refusing to carry out an assignment that would have gone against federal rules.

New Report Suggests Restructuring State Department

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This week marked the release of a new report drafted by ten State Department veterans representing “decades of experience in the State Department and National Security Council—some of them going back to the Eisenhower administration.” 

Visa Applicants to Undergo Social Media Vetting

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Visa applicants who pose a potential terrorism risk will soon be asked to hand over social media profiles and handles from the last five years to the State Department. 

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