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September 2014 Archives

Seven-year struggle of Marine whistleblower resolved

What is always amazing about whistleblower stories is that people doing the right thing often gets them punished or terminated. A story from last week relates the experience of an ex-Marine, who at the time was a civilian science advisor in Iraq. He recognized the threat posed to Marines by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which in 2006, where causing two-thirds of American casualties.

EEOC finds frequent grounds for discrimination dismissals

If you work for a federal agency and have suffered some type of employment discrimination, from sexual harassment to a hostile working environment or unlawful retaliation, you may decide to sue your agency. On the other hand, your agency may be investigating you, and it is that investigation that is driving the hostile environment or retaliation.

Congress may strengthen whistleblower protection

When a federal employee sees something wrong within their department or agency, the public would likely encourage their reporting the problem. The federal government is huge operation and with any large, multi-faceted bureaucracy, there are problems. And that is why the need arises for employees to speak out and, if necessary, become a whistleblower.

MSPB finds furloughs not inefficient enough

Last year's sequestration and the furloughs that followed for many federal government employees caused a massive increase in the number of appeals to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). That agency, which typically handles a few thousand appeals in a year saw its caseload skyrocket to more than 30,000, the majority of which were from the Department of Defense.

With less due process, how do we know what we know?

It is always problematic when extreme cases are used as "examples" of a system. The Veterans Affairs healthcare system has many problems, as recent events have shown. Management at various levels has been accused of manipulating the scheduling system for veterans' doctor appointments, to create a more favorable appearance of the scheduling process.

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