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Federal contract workers get sick leave by presidential order

President Barak Obama continues to alter the labor landscape bit by bit by virtue of executive order. His latest move came earlier this month. He signed an order declaring that starting on Jan. 1, 2017, federal contractors must offer employees paid sick leave as part of their employment benefits.

Handling of hack issues at OPM has honchos facing off

Getting beyond the recent information hacks of the Office of Personnel Management is proving to be as big a challenge as one might expect when dealing with the federal bureaucracy. What makes this particular situation more disturbing, though, is that the friction is being generated from within OPM itself.

Analysts conclude that federal agencies need to do more to manage employees

Employees need training and advancement opportunities in order to be productive and satisfied with their jobs, but a recent survey of federal employees suggests that federal agencies are failing to manage employees in such a way as to promote career development and effectively utilize their talents.

Fed employees: Beware fed-state law conflict on marijuana

As many readers are likely aware, the state of Texas recently joined the ranks of several other states allowing the use of medical marijuana. The law is limited in its application but, as was widely reported back in May, the governor did sign the bill. It only is available for Texans with a certain type of epilepsy, and the marijuana product that is prescribed has to be very low in the psychoactive chemical usually found in cannabis.

Updated numbers on OPM data breach reinforces need for diligence

If you thought the data breach at the Office of Personnel Management was bad before, you haven't seen anything yet. When we posted about that debacle back in June, our main intention was to try to highlight that federal employees in Texas and elsewhere owe it to themselves to keep a close eye on their financial accounts.

Who watches the watchdogs?

With any system of management, there is always a concern with who is supervising the supervisor. You can create the "fairest" system in the world to manage your employees, but if those responsible for the overall operation of the system are corrupt, then it is all for naught.

Simple is easier than complex

The Veterans Affairs hospital scheduling scandal has led to political ramifications that continue to move through Congress. Last year, in an effort to look like they were doing something about the crisis, Congress enacted legislation that allowed for the quick firing of senior executives within the VA.

What are they thinking?

The Senate has passed a budget. For federal employees the subtext of that passage may be this; however bad you thought it has been, if this were enacted, it would get much worse. The budget would cut $496 billion civilian agencies over the next ten years. The Defense Department received a $187 billion increase during that same period.

Changes still in progress at the VA health system

The Veterans' Affairs Department has been rocked by the hospital scheduling scandal and other issues connected to providing health care to the nation's veterans. Clearly, the manipulation of the scheduling of veteran's medical appointments was dangerous for the veterans and an unacceptable method management.

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