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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.

Who really believes this to be a good idea?

Politicians, especially those who know they have no chance of winning their party's nomination, may say things and make proposals that are unlikely to become real. In today's news, a former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina, announced a bid for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.

Beware the stick man

In argumentation, one famous form is known as the "stick man." This is an argument where an often simple scenario is laid out and then easily knocked down by the proponent of the opposing view. Hence, the name stick man, because the argument topples over as easy as a stick man would.

Bill would block some future Department of Defense furloughs

Lawmakers are currently considering protecting some U.S. Department of Defense employees from future furloughs. Legislation that was introduced earlier this month would ban the DoD from furloughing those employees whose salaries are paid out of working capital funds. The argument for this reform is that fees and various charges--rather than the appropriations process--pays the salaries of these workers, and thus furloughing them does not result in any budgetary savings.

Federal employees cannot comment on no comment order

This week, the federal government teeters on the edge of shutdown, due the Congresses' inability to complete a continuing resolution to fund the government. Federal employees yet again face the loss of income, in addition to disruptive nature of having to stop doing their jobs for an indefinite period. One additional employee right affected with this government shutdown is the right to speak about the shutdown.

TSA's lacks consistent employee discipline process

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has had a 26 percent increase in misconduct over the last two year. The finding was reported by the General Accountability Office (GAO), the agency responsible for oversight of much of what goes on in federal agencies.

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