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April 2013 Archives

Air Marshal's disclosure found not "specifically prohibited" on appeal

When a federal government employee comes forward as a whistleblower, they understand the risk to their job and career. They have probably already tried to work with their chain of command, and report their concerns to their supervisors. Because so much of what government employees do affects public safety, witness the questions of what inspections were carried out at the West Fertilizer plant prior to the catastrophic explosion, just standing by and watching some disaster unfold is not an option.

VA claims processing office described as "toxic"

Many government agencies are struggling with hiring and pay freezes, increased workloads, budget cuts and the effects of the sequestration. The constant mantra seems to be do more with less. Doing more with less, however, comes with a cost, and this cost if often borne by employees, either directly, like pay cuts and furloughs, or indirectly by pressure and harassment by management and supervisors.

Large numbers of federal employees want to leave current job

Many federal employees are feeling under attack. The never-ending series of budget "crises" and the unrelenting negative publicity aimed at federal employees becomes demoralizing to the average worker just trying to do their job. The sequestration, pay freezes, budget cuts and the incipient furloughs add to the oppressive environment that many workers inhabit.

OMB warns agencies to limit employee incentives during sequestration

As sequestration continues, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued instructions to federal agencies to limit incentive awards for employees and warned them to not attempt to shift money within their budgets to "soften the impact of sequestration."

Federal workers feel sequestration as one more tragedy

The five stages of grief after a tragedy have been identified as denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. A federal employee union representative in Washington describes the situation his members are going through as that of a tragedy. Sequestration is the latest in the series of tragedies that have struck federal employees, and is part of a general trend against public employees.

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