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News from the White House: New DVA Whistleblower Office

News from the White House:  On May 2, 2017, the President issued Executive Order 13,793.  The Executive Order creates a new office at the Department of Veterans Affairs focusing on whistleblower reprisal and disciplinary issues.

News from the White House: Changes in "Administrative Leave" Rules, etc.

News from the White House: On December 23, 2016, President Obama signed S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA).  This law contained several important changes in the law relevant to federal employees, specifically in three areas:  administrative leave, negative paper trails, and buyouts for DoD employees.

News from the Whitehouse: Amendment to Civil Service Hiring

News from the Whitehouse:  On March 18, 2016, President Obama signed into law Public Law 114-137.  This new statute made some changes to federal civil service hiring procedures, although their potential effectiveness has been called into question.

News from the Whitehouse: New Law Lowers DoD Employee Protections

News from the Whitehouse:  On November 25, 2015, President Obama signed Pub.L. 114-92, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.  This Department of Defense (DoD) appropriation statute contained two provisions which negatively impact the civil service rights of affected DoD employees. 

News from the Whitehouse: New Federal Child Leave Policy

News from the Whitehouse: On January 15, 2015, President Obama issued a new Presidential Memorandum, "Modernizing Federal Leave Policies for Childbirth, Adoption and Foster Care to Recruit and Retain Talent and Improve Productivity."  The new Presidential Memorandum directs agencies to modify present leave regulations and policies in several respects to expand leave entitlements for pregnant women and for parents adopting children in the federal workforce.  

News from the Whitehouse: WPEA All-Circuit Review Extended

News from the Whitehouse:  On September 26, 2014, President Obama signed Pub.L. 113-170, the "All Circuit Review Extension Act". The new law extends a current pilot program for judicial review of the MSPB decisions in whistleblower reprisal cases by three years.

News from the Whitehouse: DVA SES Adverse Action Protections Cut

News from the Whitehouse:  On August 7, 2014, President Obama signed the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, Pub. L. 113-146.  While most of the statute concerned veterans' care issues, Section 707 of the statute has profound effects on the adverse action protections for Senior Executive Service (SES) employees working at the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).

News from the Whitehouse: New Executive Order on LGBT Issues

News from the Whitehouse:  On July 21, 2014, President Obama issued a new Executive Order expanding LGBT anti-discrimination protections.  Executive Order 13672 specifically expands protections for persons suffering from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

News from the Whitehouse: New Law for Intelligence Agency Whistleblowers

News from the Whitehouse:  On July 7, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (Pub.L. 113-126). Sections 601-603 of the statute solidified protections for whistleblowers in intelligence agencies and/or with security clearances. 

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