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As we gather together with friends and family over Memorial Day weekend, please take a moment to remember and to offer prayers for all of the men and women who lost their lives while in service to the United States of America. They gave their lives defending our country, and for that we owe them a debt of gratitude that we can never repay. We honor their sacrifice by working every day to ensure we remain one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. : : MORE
NFFE Fights to Protect VA Members from Congressional Attacks
While federal employees are forced to endure attack after attack from the current anti-worker Congress, one agency has experienced a particularly toxic stream of attacks in recent years. Following a national scandal in 2014, nurses and doctors at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have been under constant attack from Congress. While many of the attacks have been shrouded in the thin veil of “accountability measures,” NFFE has fought these measures for what they really are: attempts to erode the constitutional due process protections of federal employees undergoing disciplinary proceedings.
Legal Eagle, May 2016 Edition
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President Obama Issues Proclamation for Public Service Recognition Week
The well-being of our people depends on the passion and dedication of our workforce, and my Administration has worked to recruit, uplift, and empower exceptional civil servants. In an effort to fully realize the belief that all of us have the capacity to make a meaningful difference and contribute to our shared success, I have directed the Office of Personnel Management to begin taking action to "ban the box" on most Federal job applications so we are not disqualifying people with a criminal record simply because of a mistake they made in the past. Additionally, we are implementing programs that encourage Government-wide collaboration, giving workers a chance to lend and develop their talents across agencies and departments so our best ideas can flourish and grow to their fullest potential.
National President Dougan: To support wildland firefighters, President Obama must step in to rectify OPM's major mistake.
As it stands, OPM is gutting the much-needed, bipartisan reforms of the LMWFA. The Congressional Record is clear that the Act is designed to provide long-serving temporary seasonal employees with 'the same career advancement opportunities available to other Federal employees.' In direct opposition to Congressional intent, entrenched bureaucrats at OPM are keeping in place the very barriers to meaningful career advancement the LMWFA was enacted to break down. In 2012, President Obama stepped in to elevate the issue of providing wildland firefighters access to healthcare benefits. We are calling on the President to intervene once more on behalf of wildland firefighters to correct OPM’s flawed implementation guidance.
National President Dougan: The Militants Occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Must be Arrested.
We have reports of employees of the U.S. Forest Service Employees on the Malheur National Forest receiving threats and being stalked by sympathizers of the militants. The situation has gotten bad enough that nearby federal installations remain closed out of fear of an attack. Allowing this lawlessness to continue jeopardizes the health and safety of hard-working federal employees and calls into question the federal government’s commitment to protecting its own workers.
41 Secret Service agents disciplined after leaking GOP congressmanâ€™s personnel file
Secret Service agents involved in prying into and leaking information from an old personnel file of a top GOP congressman face discipline for improperly accessing what are private agency records, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announcedÂ late Thursday. Johnson said in a statement...
Vet, one of 4,200 mistakenly declared dead by VA, feels â€˜resurrectedâ€™
Uncle Sam is generally so considerate of veterans â€“ but not when he declares the alive to be dead. That was the case with Joseph D. Kane Jr., an Air Force vet in St. Petersburg, Fla. A 2014 letter from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service to his wife said the agency was...
To cut wait times, VA wants nurses to act like doctors. Doctors say veterans will be harmed.
The Department of Veterans AffairsÂ would dramatically expand the authority of nurses to treatÂ patients without a doctor’s supervisionÂ in a controversial proposalÂ by the country’s largest health-care system. The plan, which would allow nurses with advanced training to...
More questions raised about OPMâ€™s response to breaches of background, personnel records
A year after the government disclosed that personal information about millions of current and former federal employees and others had been stolen from two Office of Personnel Management databases, auditors remain skeptical of OPMâ€™s steps to shut the cyber barn door. â€œWe continue to...