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Trump seeks to make it easier to fire 'bad' federal employees

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.

Were you arrested for DWI over the holidays? Take action now

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.

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.

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