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News from the Whitehouse: New Anti-Employee Executive Orders

News from the Whitehouse:  On May 25, 2018, hours before the start of Memorial Day weekend, President Trump issues three executive orders with potentially far-reaching negative consequences for federal employees.

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.  

Developments at the MSPB: Final Rule on DVA SES Adverse Actions

Developments at the MSPB:  On October 22, 2014, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) issued a Final Rule implementing procedures for handling adverse actions against Senior Executive Service (SES) employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) (79 Fed.Reg. 63,031-63,032).  The Final Rule finalized the August 19, 2014, Interim Final Rule (79 Fed.Reg. 48,941-48, 946, as corrected 79 Fed.Reg. 49,423); this Interim Final Rule was previously analyzed in this blog.  The MSPB rushed to draft these regulations in order to meet a 14-day deadline specified in Section 707 of Pub.L. 113-146--the statute creating this new adverse action procedure--which was also previously analyzed in this blog.

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.

Developments at the MSPB: DVA SES Adverse Action Interim Final Rule

Developments at the MSPB:  On August 19, 2014, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) issued an Interim Final Rule implementing procedures for handling adverse actions against Senior Executive Service (SES) employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs (79 Fed.Reg. 48,941-48, 946, as corrected 79 Fed.Reg. 49,423).  The MSPB had to rush to draft these regulations in order to meet a 14-day deadline specified in Section 707 of Pub.L. 113-146--the statute creating this new adverse action procedure--which was previously analyzed in this blog.   As an interim final rule, the regulations came into immediate effect, but the MSPB will be accepting comments on the regulations through September 18, 2014.

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).

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