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GAO: Size of Whistleblower Backlog Increasing

GAO: Size of Whistleblower Backlog Increasing

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows that “the backlog of whistleblower and prohibited personnel practices cases at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel nearly doubled between 2011 and 2016, despite sustained efforts to tackle it.”

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EO Changes Procedures Regarding Appointment of ALJs

EO Changes Procedures Regarding Appointment of ALJs

Last week, the Trump administration rolled out a new executive order (EO) modifying the process surrounding the selection and appointment of Administrative Law Judges (ALJs).

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Take Advantage of the Summer Slump

Take Advantage of the Summer Slump

Summer days can lead to a distracted work force, but productivity doesn’t have to suffer.

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This Week: Congress to Consider MSPB and Probationary Period Changes

This Week: Congress to Consider MSPB and Probationary Period Changes

This Thursday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is scheduled “to hear from the president’s nominees to fill all three open board seats at” the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), writes Nicole Ogrysko at Federal News Radio, noting that “MSPB’s authorization expired back in 2007.” Perhaps more notably, “It’s also lacked a quorum for more than a year-and-a-half.”      

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How Do We Retain the Next Generation of Gov’t Leaders?

How Do We Retain the Next Generation of Gov’t Leaders?

A high quit rate combined with the fact that over 45% of the federal government’s workforce is over the age of 50 increases the need for agencies to think about how they will fill the void that will be created within the next 10-15 years when older workers retire.

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The People Currency: Practicing Emotional Intelligence

The People Currency: Practicing Emotional Intelligence

Watch this video to learn how emotional intelligence can help you succeed.

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New Proposal Would Mean Pay Increase for Tens of Thousands of Feds

New Proposal Would Mean Pay Increase for Tens of Thousands of Feds

Late last week, in a move potentially impacting tens of thousands of federal employees, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced a new proposal “to establish four new General Schedule locality pay areas,” according to Federal Times’ Jessie Bur.

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OPM Sets Date for Restricting Federal Union Activities

OPM Sets Date for Restricting Federal Union Activities

Jeff Pon, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), has issued new orders intended to guide implementation of the White House’s recent executive orders relating to federal labor unions’ use of taxpayer-funded time and resources.

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HSGAC Ranking Member’s Seat in Jeopardy

HSGAC Ranking Member’s Seat in Jeopardy

Senator Heidi Heitkamp, the Democratic North Dakota Senator who won the Senate seat in a state that voted 63 percent in favor of Republican President Donald Trump, is facing a tough reelection battle.

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10 Financial Goals to Reach By Age 40

10 Financial Goals to Reach By Age 40

Once we hit our 40s, we should have a firm handle on our careers, our family relationships, and have built a strong foundation for long-term financial success. To help you get a gauge on where you are, we’ve put together our 10 Financial Goals to Reach By Age 40.

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New Survey Claims Increase in Threats Against Federal Employees

New Survey Claims Increase in Threats Against Federal Employees

In a new flash poll conducted by the Government Business Council, “as many as one in three federal employees say they recently have been threatened or harassed as a result of performing a job, or know a colleague” who has experienced the same.

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Trump Administration Defends Agency Reorganization Proposal

Trump Administration Defends Agency Reorganization Proposal

The Trump administration has in the past week sought to ease concerns surrounding its recent proposal to reorganize a number of federal agencies, including the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the Office of Management and Budget.

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Virginia Case Marks First Use of Leaked OPM Data

Virginia Case Marks First Use of Leaked OPM Data

A new story from Fifth Domain has flagged what it deems “what appears to be the first illicit use of federal employee data that was swiped by suspected Chinese hackers in 2015, creating a cloud of mystery that has sparked the attention of members of Congress.”

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House Bill Would Offer Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave

House Bill Would Offer Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave

The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2018 would “ensure that federal employees have access to up to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child,” writes Jessie Bur of Federal Times. The bill was introduced last week by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA).

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 Whistleblower Protection Coordination Act Becomes Law

Whistleblower Protection Coordination Act Becomes Law

On June 25, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Whistleblower Protection Coordination Act (“WPCA”), which permanently reauthorized a “Whistleblower Protection Coordinator” at each federal agency’s respective Office of Inspector General.

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FMA’s Take on the Agency Reorganization Proposals

FMA’s Take on the Agency Reorganization Proposals

It has been two weeks since the administration formally unveiled its long-awaited agency reorganization plan, called “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century.” We at FMA have heard from many of our members and continue to analyze the merits for reform.

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Drones Offer ‘Sparkless’ 4th of July Fireworks Show

Drones Offer ‘Sparkless’ 4th of July Fireworks Show

Towns facing another season of drought and wildfire are turning to drone shows as a less risky alternative to organized fireworks.

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What Would the Reorg Plan Do to OPM, OMB, and GSA?

What Would the Reorg Plan Do to OPM, OMB, and GSA?

Last week, the Trump administration released its long-awaited report on government reorganization. The 130-page document is sweeping in its scope – consisting of 34 proposals, in all – but among the ideas getting the most attention is one aimed at reshaping the federal landscape on matters relating to the federal workforce.

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Another Federal Employee Impacted by Mysterious Cuban Sonic Incident

Another Federal Employee Impacted by Mysterious Cuban Sonic Incident

Last week, according to Federal Times, medical tests “confirmed that one additional U.S. Embassy worker has been affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba, bringing the total number to 25.”

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