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What is illegal retaliation?

In certain situations, federal law forbids employers from retaliating against employees. But what does this mean? It means federal employees can hold their employers accountable when they strike out against employees engaged in protected activities.

Federal employees and the Hatch Act: What you need to know.

Reporters throughout the country recently spotlighted the Hatch Act. The law drew the media’s attention when the Office of Special Counsel accused Kellyanne Conway of a violation. The media’s attention to the matter was well deserved. In certain situations, federal employers can fire those who violate this law.

GAO calls out OPM for poor retirement application management

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is responsible for managing the retirement applications for federal employees. The agency receives an average of 100,000 applications annually. Although managing these requests is a major undertaking, the agency has failed to meet even its own goals.

OPM merger may lead to more questions than answers

Government officials recently proposed merging the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) with the General Services Administration (GSA). Since the proposal, lawmakers have been on leave for the Memorial Day Break. The Congressional calendar slates lawmakers to return to work today. It is likely the lawmakers will renew discussions of the OPM/GSA proposal's fate.

Will lawmakers’ move to protect federal whistleblowers backfire?

Whistleblowers play an important role in the federal government. The tips given by these workers help hold those in power accountable. These workers can catch an abuse of the system, ideally while there is still time to rectify the problem. In exchange, the government and legal system is supposed to protect the worker from retaliation.

Did it just get harder to get a federal job?

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently pushed for an expansion of the questions used to determine an applicant’s criminal background used on employment application forms. The agency’s proposal calls for applications to include questions about convictions through alternative programs that may have resulted in an expunged record.

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.

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