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Maintaining OWCP benefits for as long as needed, Part 2

Workers' compensation is supposed to be that no-fault safety net that helps workers get the treatment and therapy needed to recover and return to work. As we noted in our previous post, the benefit system for federal workers in Texas and across the country is separate from those for the private sector.

Maintaining OWCP benefits for as long as needed, Part 1

We suspect this is something most everyone has probably experienced before, especially at the big federal agency offices around the country. You happen to encounter a work colleague you haven't seen in awhile and he has a brace on his wrist that wasn't there before.

House sets stage for showdown on veteran hiring preference

Congress holds the purse strings of government spending. Just because both chambers are in Republican control doesn't mean that the legislative ship of state is cruising along smoothly along solid party lines. All Texas readers have to do is examine the situation that exists over the government's policy on giving military veterans hiring preference for federal positions.

Scaling back federal job preferences for vets

There can be a number of different points at which discrimination can come into play in the process of federal employment. As we noted in a previous post, the standard of fairness and openness that the Merit Systems Protection Board is meant to strive for isn't always achieved. Managers may sometimes limit the time a position is posted, or reopen a listing if a preferred candidate suddenly appears.

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