Normally, when federal employees are disciplined, they can take their case to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). The MSPB listens to an employee’s claim, weighs it against the agency’s argument and then offers a decision. It’s a step to make sure federal employees are treated fairly. But many employees have long been denied the chance to take their cases to the MSPB.
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.
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.
Three executive orders that had been held up in court have recently been put back into effect, and federal employees can expect changes to follow.
No one wants to feel guilty. No one wants to wake up in the morning sick to the stomach because something illegal or discriminatory is happening at work. That's why we have whistleblowers.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently released guidance to federal agencies regarding how agencies treat federal employees. Essentially, the guidance encourages federal agencies to take a stricter approach when disciplining federal employees and act to “remove those who fail to preform or to uphold the public’s trust.”
A federal agent, who worked a large portion of his almost 30 years as a federal employee with the Department of Homeland Security, was recently fired. The reason for termination: use of CBD oil.
Federal employees often rely on their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) to help fund retirement. Those who use these accounts can increase their benefits by avoiding the following mistakes:
Federal employees who are unable to work due to a medical condition may qualify for retirement within the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). The following provides some basic information about this system.
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.