Federal Employee News

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Can I Take a Ballot Selfie and Post It on Social Media? Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Ballot Selfie Ban

Note: Be careful not to violate The Hatch Act.

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Ballot Selfie Ban

Snippet of Article: "...holding that the prohibition on photographing and publicizing one’s ballot violates the First Amendment. Two federal judges have already ruled that ballot selfie bans, which at least 25 states have adopted, violate constitutionally protected freedom of expression. The 1st Circuit’s ruling marks the first time a federal appeals court had ruled on the matter, and the opinion is a resounding victory for both free speech and democracy..."

Source: www.slate.com

Can I Take a Ballot Selfie and Post It on Social Media?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

What impact does a few hours of LWOP per week have on my Annual Leave accrual?

What impact does a few hours of LWOP per week have on my Annual Leave accrual?

Accrual of annual and sick leave

Snippet of Article: "...When a full-time employee accumulates 80 hours of LWOP during a pay period, the employee does not earn annual leave or sick leave during that pay period. The employee earns leave in the next succeeding pay periods until he or she again accumulates 80 hours of LWOP during a pay period (5 CFR 630.208). When a part-time employee is in a non-pay status, he or she will accrue less annual leave and sick leave, since part-time employees earn leave on a pro-rata basi s-i.e., based on hours in a pay status (5 CFR 630.303 and 630.406). For purposes of computing accrual rates for annual leave..."

Source: www.blm.gov

Accrual of annual and sick leave, LWOP and Annual Leave accrual,

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

'If you see something, say something'

'If you see something, say something'

When it comes to 'suspicious activity' that you observe, report it to the appropriate law enforcement agency and/or the appropriate government agency. When doing so, please log the what, when and where of what you have witnessed. Additionally, document who you report it to as well as the time and date you did so, Taking photos of any supporting documentation is an added bonus but NEVER put yourself in danger.

In a society where local thugs try to convince people not to snitch, you must be the stronger personality and not be a puppet to the criminal element by living up to the wishes of criminals that want to keep their activities silent and undercover by using the word snitch. You are not a snitch if you are reporting criminal appearing activity, you are a hero. It takes more to do the right thing than it does to remain silent.

If you see something, say something applies to a myriad of activities like drugs, human trafficking, terrorism, theft and other suspicious activity. Remember that the more facts you can provide, the more effective you will be in eradicating the criminal element from our communities. Stay vigilant and we can make a better society.

Source: federal-newsgroup.blogspot.com

"If you see something, say something",

800+ illegal immigrants identified for deportation were 'accidentally' given citizenship

800-plus 'accidental' citizens? Expert doesn't believe it

'They are letting people into the country who are dangerous'

Snippet of Article: "...The main issue was the claim in the article, the assumption that this was accidental,” Gheen told WND on Monday. “Don’t believe this is accidental. There’s no reason we should believe any of this is accidental. They are intentionally letting people in this country who are dangerous..."

Source: www.wnd.com

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

OPM hack was avoidable, says congressional report

OPM hack was avoidable, says congressional report

Snippet of Article: "...speculation that it had been done by the Chinese. Information from the hack was invaluable to other countries because it provided insights into which employees had security clearances, who is dealing with classified information, what vulnerabilities they have and what their fingerprints look like, Chaffetz said..."

Source: www.infoworld.com

OPM Cyber-Breach 2015