A Veterans Affairs employee recently appealed his indefinite suspension beyond the Merit Systems Protection Board to the federal courts. Unfortunately for this employee, his appeal was unsuccessful, but federal employees should know that there appeals both within and beyond the MSPB.
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.
Legal actions often proceed slowly. This is generally not due to judges having a poor work ethic. Courts and other legal proceedings are often slow for exactly the opposite reason; because the judges and their staff are so busy. Court dockets are often booked months in advance, meaning when new cases arise, they are sent to the back of the line, and that line may be rather long.
The new Veterans Affairs law passed by Congress and signed into law by the President has been praised as giving the new VA secretary the tools he will need to improve the agencies performance and allow it to recover from the healthcare scheduling scandal. It has also created a new precedent that must give all federal employees cause for concern.
For federal employees involved in an adverse job action because of whistleblowing, a hearing in front of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) may be necessary. If the outcome of that hearing is not favorable, the employee may have to appeal their case to a federal court of appeals.