Democrats work to shape post-Trump workforce policy

Democrats in Congress are considering legislation on multiple workforce fronts, including the issue of limiting the president's authority to remake the civil service via executive order.

A Biden-Harris 'reset’ for feds

Federal employee unions and associations are hoping for concrete day-one rollbacks of Trump administration workforce policies on diversity training, official time, collective bargaining and the new 'Schedule F' classification.

IGs look to curb reprisals against whistleblowers

The Trump impeachment and trial put whistleblowers in the public eye, but behind the headlines, officials say, agency whistleblowers are subject to reprisal.

MSPB seeks to bypass WH budget request

To address its massive and growing backlog, the panel that reviews federal workplace complaints is asking to "bypass" the White House's budget request.

MSPB officially operating with no appointed members

At midnight March 1, the Merit Systems Protection Board will be in unprecedented territory: without a single appointed member.

MSPB still without quorum

After going nearly all of 2017 without a quorum, the Merit Systems Protection Board will likely not be able to address its growing backlog of nearly 1,600 cases in 2018.

MSPB issues report on vet preference

The Merit Systems Protection Board has issued a new report on hiring veterans by federal agencies.

New rule for VA employee removals

A new regulation governing the firing of Department of Veterans Affairs employees is now published and open for public comment.

OSC resolves two Hatch Act cases

The Office of Special Counsel said two Hatch Act cases referred to the organization by federal agencies have been resolved with "significant disciplinary action against federal employees."

Rulings Roundup: Defense employee prevails in VEOA case

A Computer Engineer with the Defense Contract Management Agency, won his most recent appeal of his exclusion from competition for a vacant slot as a Lead Interdisciplinary Engineer.

Furlough appeals go nowhere at MSPB

Federal employees who appealed their sequestration-induced furloughs last year have had no luck so far in pressing their cases before the Merit Systems Protection Board.

Furlough appellants strike out at MSPB

Federal employees who appealed furloughs that occurred last year in the wake of sequestration have had no luck so far in pressing their cases before the Merit Systems Protection Board.

Legal Matters: MSPB stonewalls agencies' flouting of regs in 'national security' removals

Agencies are increasingly appearing to be unquestionable with respect to decisions to remove federal employees due to national security concerns. But in recent months, the MSPB has stonewalled agencies’ attempts to flout their own regulations when attempting to remove employees based on those concerns.

OSC reports Hatch Act violations at IRS offices

The Office of Special Counsel this week reported the results of several investigations of reported Hatch Act violations involving on-the-job partisan political activity by Internal Revenue Service employees during the 2012 election season

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 looking for research fodder

Federal employees have an opportunity to suggest research topics for the Merit Systems Protection Board.

MSPB resources stretched thin

The aftermath of last year's sequestration and other factors are squeezing the Merit Systems Protection Board for time and resources, and making it harder for the board to fulfill its mission.