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December 2019 Archives

TIME magazines names federal employees its Guardians of the Year

As 2019 drew toward a close, TIME Magazine offered the American public a rare look at the public servants who keep the nation running. Typically tucked away in their offices and focused on their work, career federal employees bring a wide array of skills and expertise to their jobs. They may serve under multiple administrations, regardless of political affiliations, and they don’t often make the news.

How your response to proposed discipline can help or hurt you

What’s the difference between being overburdened at work or being inefficient? Sometimes it’s just a matter of perception. You might believe you have too much work to complete in the time you’re given. Your supervisor may think you’re not working fast enough. Sometimes you can work things out. Sometimes your difference of opinion may lead to disciplinary action.

Whistleblowers must be careful with classified materials

Whistleblowers have been in the news a lot of late. Some have received ongoing national attention. Others have seen their cases resolved with almost no fanfare. Some of these whistleblower cases have highlighted the handling of classified materials.

Has the Hatch Act lost its teeth?

Back in June, the Office of Special Counsel claimed that White House advisor Kellyanne Conway had violated the Hatch Act. They recommended she should be removed from her post. But six months later, Conway is still working for the White House. It seems unlikely she will face censure anytime soon.

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