"Federal employees support our troops stateside and abroad, fight crime and terrorism and protect our borders. They combat forest fires, inspect our roads and bridges and ensure our aviation system is the safest in the world. They guard and enhance our national parks and lands, guarantee seniors receive their Social Security benefits and process and deliver mail to every address in every type of weather."
"Federal managers need to abide by merit system principles, even when there is outside pressure to retaliate. [...] It's vital that federal managers protect employees who anger outside interests when they uncover potential wrongdoing as a part of their job."
A new federal agency will soon take over background investigations. The National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) will replace the Federal Investigative Services program in the coming weeks and months. Like its predecessor, the new agency will be responsible for handling security clearance investigations and background checks - a critical function for vetting employees and contractors who will have access to sensitive government information.
Federal law provides important protections for employees. Basic rights - such as fair pay, a safe workplace and freedom from discrimination - form the backbone of a better work environment.
Nepotism is common in the private sector - especially among small, family-run businesses. But in government jobs, it's a conflict of interest that could derail your career.
Federal employees and contractors often have a unique window into the inner workings of the government. As a result of that perspective, they are sometimes the first to stumble across ethical or legal violations. Federal whistleblowers play a critical role in holding government agencies and authorities accountable.
Alan Lescht and Associates, P.C., recently won an important victory in a discrimination case against the federal government. As reported in Bloomberg BNA, a federal appellate court sided with the firm in concluding that the lawsuit shouldn't have been dismissed.
Social media provides a window into the private lives of individuals. Sometimes, that window can reveal red flags that cast doubt on the character of those entrusted with our nation's secrets.
"[S]ocial media is a tool as important to security clearances as interviews with friends and family..."