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Merit Systems Protection Board appeals backlogged by two years

The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has lacked a quorum since January 2017. This means federal employees who wish to challenge the administrative judge’s ruling on their case are left in limbo. The review cannot move forward until there is a quorum.

Government contractor fired and charged with theft

The government has accused a former United States Navy lieutenant turned National Security Agency contractor of stealing classified documents. The accused agreed to a plea deal. The plea deal involved an admission of guilt for one charge, willful retention of national defense information. In exchange for the plea, the prosecution is expected to dismiss another 19 criminal charges of a similar nature.

Ethics office: Workers should be wary of GoFundMe during shutdowns

If another shutdown and furlough should arise, federal workers should be careful about using online crowdsourcing campaigns like GoFundMe -- and about accepting gifts under any circumstances. This is according to new guidance issued by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

Money issues for this shutdown and, if applicable, the next one

As you know, the recent partial government shutdown put a lot of federal workers in a tough spot. Without paychecks, many had trouble making ends meet, even on a temporary basis. Loans for personal expenses can be hard to come by. And many federal workers still haven't received all the back pay they were promised. Now, the deadline for another shutdown is looming. How will federal employees cope?

When will federal workers get paid? And other shutdown issues

Now that President Trump has signed a short-term deal to end the partial government shutdown, 800,000 federal employees will be headed back to work as usual, with pay. As you know, some workers deemed essential have been working without pay, but all of the affected workers have gone without paychecks for a month. On the top of everyone's mind is when the back pay will be coming.

Supreme Court allows ban on transgender troops to go into effect

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued stays on two nationwide injunctions involving the Trump administration's ban on military service by transgender people. Previously, federal district courts in California and Washington state had issued the injunctions to put the policy on hold while litigation continued. The Supreme Court's stays on those injunctions means that the administration may now implement the policy while litigants fight over its legality and constitutionality.

Can federal workers protest the shutdown on their own time?

Yes. That said, there is a possibility you will get push-back from your agency. To be in the best legal position, you should be prepared to show that any protests or other free speech activities took place on your own time.

What to know about unemployment insurance during furloughs

Most federal employees know that the partial government shutdown is in full swing and there is no end in sight. For the most part, there is little federal workers can do but wait and see what happens.

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