Category: News

MSPB Judge’s Handbook

Whether you are a union representative representing an employee in an adverse action under appeal at the Merit Systems Protection Board, or you are an employee representing yourself, the MSPB Judges Handbook can be an indispensable tool. This handbook provides…

Senate Approves $40,000 Buyouts for Federal Employees

Prior to taking any buyout, federal employees should consult qualified financial advisors, especially if you intend on working for a contractor post buyout.  There have always been tax implications. However, the implications are far greater now under current tax law.…

Massive Federal Pay & Benefit Cuts Not Far Off

Federal employee pay and benefits have been a target of Republicans for a long time and to be fair, to a much lesser degree, even Democrats (remember the Obama federal pay freeze).  However, this time it appears a perfect storm…

Federal Retirement Servicing

Many employees, especially those that have been in federal service for a while, likely remember the days when agencies had retirement specialists on local staff, typically aligned under the local Human Resources Office.  In fact, many employees knew the retirement…

Why Trump Should Matter to Federal Employees

Enough is Enough For approximately two years, the federal workforce, much like the rest of the country, watched the unfolding of a national disaster in slow motion.  It was the latest reality TV show we all thought would never last. …

Failure to State (EEO) a Claim

Many federal employees begin the EEO process without understanding the process and its requirements.  For example, federal employees will often make contact with an EEO Counselor and file a complaint in a drawn out narrative format, often reading like a…

Opinion: Gripping Reality; The GOP (STILL) Hates You

Note:  This Article (provided below and unchanged) was first published March 2, 2013.  We are republishing it in the wake of the Mr. Trump’s controversial election (lost popular vote by three million, associated Russian cyber hacking, conflicts of interest, etc…) and…

Question of Nondisclosure Agreements

At InformedFed, we often receive calls from federal employees seeking advice and consultation concerning whistleblower claims in the context of retaliation, employee relations, and filing for status with the Office of Special Counsel.  Throughout the last eighteen months, we received…

$900,000 Federal Agency EEO Settlement

Believe it or not—-It’s True On January 29, 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, in federal district court, settled an EEO case with a federal employee for $900,000.00 (this is not a typo).  In Lenkiewicz v. Housing and…

AFGE Sues OPM Over Data Breach

Breaking News:  The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) announced yesterday, June 29, 2015, that it filed a class action lawsuit against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) concerning the recent massive data breaches of federal employee, retiree, and contractor…

Due Process in Federal Service

MSPB Issues Comprehensive Report and Explanation As senior level Employee and Labor Relations Specialists, we can directly attest to the fact federal employees are routinely fired (removed from federal service).  This Merit Systems Protection Board report supports our view.  The MSPB…

Disability Retirement Insanity?

Maybe, Maybe Not- You Decide Federal employee disability retirement applications are often confusing to employees.  However, outcomes are generally not.  It has been our collective experience, applications for disability retirement from Federal service are generally approved by the Office of…

BREAKING (updated): Senate Also Passes Federal Pay Cuts

Senate Agrees with House GOP Budget Budget To Cut Take Home Pay of Current Federal Employees 5 Percent In a unified budget attempt, on March 27, 2015, Senate Republicans also passed massive pay cuts affecting ALL CURRENT AND FUTURE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES.…

BREAKING: Republican House Passes Federal Pay Cuts

Republican Budget Will Cut Take Home Pay of Current Federal Employees 5 Percent The first round (not the only round) of Republican proposals significantly cutting real take-home pay of federal employees (as opposed to future cuts in pay or benefits) passed…

BREAKING: GOP Proposing Additional Pay-Cuts

New Wave of Attacks Continues with New Congress We just posted last week about new Republican legislation aimed at Federal employee pensions.  We just learned Republican Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC) introduced HR 1137 (PAID for Progress Act).  This legislation would provide an…

GOP Proposing Wide-Scale Pension Cuts

New Wave of Attacks Underway Against Federal Employees Republicans are once again targeting federal employees.  On March 3, 2015, Republican Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced H.R. 1230 attacking federal pensions of all current and future federal employees (those already retired are…