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Court will not hear due process case

The Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to a lower court decision that denies federal employees in positions that are classified as national security "sensitive" the right to appeal their firing or demotion.

MSPB seeking research ideas

Federal employees who have concerns about major workforce management issues will have a chance to ask the Merit Systems Protection Board to conduct research on those topics.

DOD unveils new security plans in wake of Navy Yard shooting

The Defense Department this week revealed steps it will take to improve physical security at DOD facilities.

Furlough appeals, other factors straining MSPB resources

The legal fallout from sequestration, as well as a range of other factors, are squeezing the Merit Systems Protection Board for time and resources and making it harder for the board to fulfill its mission.

Union seeks OSHA intervention at VA hospital

A federal labor group is urging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate reports of elevated levels of Legionnaire's disease at an Illinois veterans hospital.

Committee OKs extension of whistleblower pilot program

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this week approved a three-year extension of a pilot program contained in the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act that allows federal whistleblower appeals to be made outside of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Bill aimed at sexual assault in military passes Senate

A bipartisan bill aimed at curbing sexual assault in the military services cleared the Senate March 9.

IRS hearing highlights Fifth Amendment concerns

One legal expert says that Congress should be careful not to infringe the Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination of former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner, who last week invoked those rights at a hearing held by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Military justice reform legislation fails

A bipartisan bill that would have reformed the military justice system to take sexual assault cases out of the chain of command and assign them to independent military prosecutors failed in Senate.

IG says lack of supervision let VA employee travel at will

The Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General found that poor supervision allowed a former employee of the Veterans Benefits Administration to misuse official time, rack up tens of thousands of dollars in unauthorized travel expenses, and otherwise misuse his position and VA resources.