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February 2014 Archives

Court agrees with MSPB that grade reduction not punishment

Is a five-grade demotion from a GS-12 to a GS-7 a second punishment for a Deportation Officer who had been given a two-week suspension for lying to police after they investigated the "appearance" of a refrigerator at his home? According to opinions of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the answer is, no.

Federal unions advertise to promote federal workers

Federal employees have been under attack for the last few years. From the extremes of the actual government shut down, to the longer-lasting effects of the sequestration and furloughs, budget cuts, hiring and pay freezes, to the general projection from many politicians and the media that the federal government is too large and too expensive, the outlook for federal employees has rarely been less attractive.

What happens with a missed filing deadline?

We are all familiar with the concept of deadlines. Our supervisor or boss may tell us we must a certain project or task completed by a specific date, or we tell our kids they must have their room clean by the end of the day. Moreover, while they all may be called deadlines, we know that some deadlines are more important than others.

More federal employees may soon retire

Being an employee of the federal government does not appear to be getting any easier. In the last few years, we have seen a consistent pattern of behavior from Congress and the media that suggests we do not need as many federal employees, and denigrating the work they do.

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