During a recent House Armed Services subcommittee meeting, Defense Department investigators told lawmakers that complaints against senior military and defense officials have been increasing over the past several years. That said, more of these cases are being turned away as unsubstantiated and fewer officers have been found guilty of misconduct.
In his State of the Union address, President Trump urged lawmakers to make it easier to "remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people." As an example, he referred to the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act that he signed into law in June of last year.
If you're a federal employee or are applying for a federal job, a drunk driving arrest can be a big deal. First, it can cause you to miss work, which could lead to performance concerns. If your job requires you to have a valid driver's license, you may face real challenges. Also, an employer's concerns about your alcohol consumption can create problems with your security clearance.
Are intelligence officials trying to hamper the Intelligence Community Whistleblowing and Source Protection program? Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is asking.
On Friday, President Trump signed a two-week spending bill to avert a shutdown through Dec. 22. If necessary, additional time-limited measures could keep the government running until a permanent budget deal can be reached.
Work and politics don't always mix. In the case of many federal and state government workers, it is even illegal to mix the two. The most notable law in this regard is the Hatch Act.
Drug testing is now a part of life. Like it or not. Even if you've never taken an illicit drug in your life, you still face a good likelihood of having to prove it at some point.
There's no question that Judi Briskman has a lot of supporters. In just the past few days, a "GoFundMe" page set up on her behalf (but not with her authorization) has collected nearly $50,000. Why is she the focus of attention; because she lost her job with a government contractor. The company says she violated policy by posting a shot of herself presenting a middle-finger salute as her profile picture on two social media outlets.
Ronald Reagan is credited with saying, "The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help." Some government officials have actually been known to use that as a humorous opening to talks they give and we are sure it elicits chuckles – even they're uncomfortable.