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December 2014 Archives

The VA's can of worms

The scandal involving the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital scheduling delays is problematic in many ways. It apparently may have delayed treatment of veterans by keeping some portions of those waiting "off the books," apparently so that the performance of the hospitals would look more favorable.

If you can't remember, is it lack of candor?

Office of Special Counsel (OSC) obtained an order in a case involving potential retaliation by the Department of Homeland Security against one of their employees. The order from one of members of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) will provide 45 days for the OSC to investigate the circumstances surrounding the termination of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inspector.

Punishing the retaliators

This is a thorny problem for any bureaucracy, but it certainly is a significant problem for the federal government. When a federal worker engages in whistleblowing, he or she is typically going outside the hierarchy of their department or divisions to bring notice to the problem or wrongdoing.

EEOC reinstates DHS employee due to sex discrimination

In some employment cases involving discrimination, it is often difficult to discriminate between genuine reasons for an action and pretext. In the context of federal employment, managers or supervisors with the agency may unfairly discriminate against an employee, firing them, denying them opportunities for promotion or subjecting them to adverse job actions. However, they may claim they have a legitimate reason for their actions, creating the pretext.

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