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2016

Blog Posts in 2016

  • MSPB Chairman Believes More Gov't Training Needed to Uphold MSPs

    The United States Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) is tasked with ensuring federal employments, government agents, and civil servants both understand and adhere to their duties, responsibilities, and ethical guidelines. Within its codes, the MSPB has established nine Merit System Principles (MSP) that an agent should always follow, and thirteen Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPP) that should ...
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  • Nepotism: Favoring Friends & Family in Federal Workforces

    The federal government has an intrinsic interest in how well it operates and performs necessary functions for the people. As part of its self-regulation, it has prohibited any government agent or civil service member from assigning a close friend or family member to a position of importance or influence based only on personal preference and not on real qualifications. The act of assigning such a ...
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  • Do You Always Have to Follow Your Superior's Orders?

    If you belong to the United States Military, or act as an agent for most other government entities, you are expected to follow a chain of command (COC) and respect the orders of your superiors. There are also times when you must obey the commands of a superior officer or agent from a government branch that is not even your own. The COC is meant to keep the military and the federal government ...
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  • Possible Defenses for Going AWOL

    Members of the United States Military are expected to fulfil their orders to the best of their abilities whenever possible, regardless of the intensity or danger of the situation. For many soldiers, this often means staying at their post and being there for their comrades when they are needed most. If a soldier or military member is not where they are expected by commanding officers, they are ...
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  • Understanding the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act

    The original Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) of 1989 was enacted by Congress to give whistleblowers throughout the government a variety of legal protections to deter undue retaliation against them. It also established different remedies that could be used if it was concluded that retaliation had occurred for whistleblowing. Unfortunately for whistleblowers and the average American, several ...
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  • How Does the Civil Service Reform Act Protect Whistleblowers?

    Whenever there is a nationwide or international news story about major wrongdoing by a government agency, there is undoubtedly a whistleblower somewhere at its source. Due to their ability to see an agency from the inside, federal employees have the closest and clearest perspective out of anyone, so it makes sense that they’d be the first or only people to see the big problems. Since this unique ...
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  • What is the Hatch Act & Why Is It Important?

    One of the Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPP) as established by the United States Merit Systems Protection Board is coercing political activity. This PPP is heavily influenced by the Hatch Act, which was formed with the direct intent to keep biased political influence out of the political system of the federal government. In particular, the Hatch Act seeks to stop the creation of an “invincible ...
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  • What are Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPP)?

    The United States Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has outlined a series of 12 Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPP) that federal and government employees, employers, and agencies must avoid. As first mentioned in the Pendleton Act of 1883, the adherence to this set of guidelines and the elimination of PPP throughout the government should assure the faithful, responsible, and fair management ...
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  • What is the MSPB?

    Although you may have never heard of the Merits Systems Protection Board ( MSPB ), this independent agency of the executive branch may become one of your only allies if you are penalized in a federal workplace without due cause. The mission statement of the MSPB directly claims that the agency is there to “promote an effective Federal workplace” that does not engage in prohibited practices, such ...
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  • What is the EEOC?

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) was created as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to help ensure discrimination did not exist or persist in federally controlled workplaces. Since its establishment, it has since grown and adopted the responsibility of helping ensure fair employment and hiring practices around the country, not necessarily only in federal government positions ...
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  • What Exactly Is "Conduct Unbecoming a Federal Employee?"

    When a federal employee is accused of misconduct, an investigation will be conducted before deciding whether or not disciplinary action will be taken. These investigations can be related to a wide range of alleged violations, including discrimination , negligence, harassment, poor management, or misuse of funds. Federal agencies oftentimes use the legal net of “conduct unbecoming a federal ...
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  • A Guide to Whistleblowing Claims in Washington, D.C.

    Are you working for an individual or company that appears to be operating outside the bounds of the law? Do you witness shady or blatantly illegal practices in the workplace on a daily basis? If so, it is important to know that you can take action. Under the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) and the Corporate and Criminal Fraud Accountability Act (CCFAA), employees who witness fraudulent, ...
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