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Pay and benefits reminders should a government shutdown occur

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.

Woman fired for online middle-finger picture. Is that legal?

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.

OPM nominee pledges to ease federal employment frustrations

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.

It's hard to know what's what when national security is a factor

In our previous post, we introduced readers to Kalkines and Garrity. These are forms of warning similar to the one most people are familiar with – the Miranda warning. One key thing that makes them different is the circumstances in which they are used. Federal officials are required to issue Kalkines/Garrity warnings to interview subjects when they investigate suspected or alleged misconduct. If the purported wrongdoing is criminal in nature, authorities are required to Mirandize you before placing you in custody.

You know Miranda. Now meet Kalkines and Garrity

There is a warning about your legal rights that nearly everybody knows, even if they have never heard the words directly from an investigator. If you have ever watched a cop show on television you appreciate that "you have a right to remain silent" when being questioned. And, anything you say after you have been read your rights can be used against you in a court of law. It's the Miranda warning.

Streamlined VA firing rules might spark new legal challenges

One of the specific targets under the Trump administration's "drain the swamp" theme is the alleged corruption in the Veterans Affairs department. The VA has been in the crosshairs for several years after discoveries that veterans were dying because of delayed treatments and apparent administrative cover-ups of those delays.

What factors does the MSPB consider in discipline reviews?

Discipline is not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. This is as true within the construct of the federal employment system as it is in any other. It's for this reason that no two cases brought before the Merit Systems Protection Board in appealing disciplinary action are ever alike.

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