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August 2015 Archives

Analysts conclude that federal agencies need to do more to manage employees

Employees need training and advancement opportunities in order to be productive and satisfied with their jobs, but a recent survey of federal employees suggests that federal agencies are failing to manage employees in such a way as to promote career development and effectively utilize their talents.

Fed employees: Beware fed-state law conflict on marijuana

As many readers are likely aware, the state of Texas recently joined the ranks of several other states allowing the use of medical marijuana. The law is limited in its application but, as was widely reported back in May, the governor did sign the bill. It only is available for Texans with a certain type of epilepsy, and the marijuana product that is prescribed has to be very low in the psychoactive chemical usually found in cannabis.

Should OSHA nurse injury probe expand to include illnesses?

The nursing professionals who deliver care in the hospitals of Texas and the rest of the country could probably be counted among the greatest of unsung heroes. And those in federally run hospital systems, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs operation, rank right up there with the rest.

Administration reaffirms protections for LGBT workers, applicants

Congress has not acted to explicitly outlaw discrimination against federal workers or applicants on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identification. Texas readers of this blog may recall that is something the Merit Systems Protection Board has recommended.

Updated numbers on OPM data breach reinforces need for diligence

If you thought the data breach at the Office of Personnel Management was bad before, you haven't seen anything yet. When we posted about that debacle back in June, our main intention was to try to highlight that federal employees in Texas and elsewhere owe it to themselves to keep a close eye on their financial accounts.

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