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The Trump administration has published part two of the “Budget for a Better America,” which expands upon previously introduced spending cuts. Last week, the president’s $4.75 trillion budget introduced cuts to federal employee retirement plans and the reorganization of the Office of Personnel Management.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Mission Act was passed into law to provide veterans with greater access to private sector care, but without the software to determine eligibility, this program may be in trouble. An independent report by U.S. Digital Service (USDS) indicates technology problems could severely hinder the efficacy of the program.
Federal Circuit: Deciding Official on a Proposed Adverse Action Stemming from a Security Clearance Determination Is Not Required to Have an Alternative, Available Penalty
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently held that a deciding official has no obligation under 5 U.S.C. § 7513 to have available an alternative penalty when deciding on a proposed adverse action that is based on a security clearance determination.
Did you know that if you are directly accused of wrongdoing, particularly in an OIG or internal management investigation into allegations of wrongdoing, that you will not be assigned an agency attorney? Did you know that even if you are, the attorney’s job is to represent the agency – not you – and that this can have an adverse effect on your future? Managers can and do become embroiled in the complexities of the federal legal investigative process and often become the targets in political agendas. Are you emotionally, financially and legally prepared to defend yourself if you are the next target? We deal with managers, daily, who had no idea the toll this job could take; they had no idea the price one’s family could pay when one is accused of wrongdoing.
If the last two weeks have felt a little off for you, it may be because mercury is in retrograde. This can have a profound impact on the ease with which you communicate with your coworkers. Whether or not you believe your life is affected by the universe, prioritizing self-care and soul searching can help keep your world in balance over the next few weeks.
President Trump has put forward his proposed budget for FY2020. While presidential budget proposals rarely mirror the actual appropriations legislation passed through Congress, they do predict where spending battles will be and the president’s policy agenda for the next year. For FY2020, the president proposed deep cuts to federal employee benefits and a reorganization of the Office of Personnel Management.
The biennial High Risk List released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified 35 areas of vulnerability within the federal government. While many of these areas are carried over from the last list, several areas of progress spark hope and several areas of regression spark worry.
On March 1, 2019, the Federal Labor Relations Authority issued a press release stating that it was inviting amici curiae briefs on an issue in U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Michael E. DeBakey Medical Center, Houston, Texas, and American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), Local 1633, Case No. 0-AR-5354. The issue involves whether the Federal Labor Relations Authority should reconsider relying on the factors in Allen v. U.S. Postal Service, 2 M.S.P.R. 420 (1980), when considering awards of attorney’s fees.
Most Civilian Federal Employees own smart phones loaded with apps designed to add value to their daily lives. For those looking for guidance on government information and services, there are a variety of mobile apps sponsored by the Federal government which provide relevant and accurate information.