Aug 23, 2019
by Ed Lamb
State Dept. IG Details Retaliation Against ‘Disloyal’ Staffers, Politico
According to a report titled Review of Allegations of Politicized and Other Improper Personnel Practices in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, “inappropriate practices” by leadership and political appointees “included disrespectful and hostile treatment of employees, accusations against and harassment of career employees premised on claims that they were ‘disloyal’ based on their perceived political views, and retaliation associated with conflicts of interest.”
New Tool for Federal Contractor EEOC Compliance, Nextgov
DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs launched its Contractor Assistance Portal to help private companies doing business with government comply with rules prohibiting “discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran” that go beyond those put in place for all employers under Title VII, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws.
Alaska Governor Agrees to Reduce, Delay Steep State Budget Cuts, NBC News
Republican Mike Dunleavy announced plans to restore funding for the state university system, early childhood learning, legal service and senior citizen programs. Earlier line-item vetoes to the state budget had been made to keep a pledge to make $3,000-per-resident disbursements from the pool of oil royalties.
Fla. Teachers Union May Have to Recertify, Tampa Bay Times
A judge last week upheld the constitutionality of the provision in a 2018 state law requiring “teacher unions to be recertified to represent employees ... if fewer than 50 percent of the employees eligible for representation are dues-paying members.” The Florida Education Association is arguing that the rule violated collective bargain rights and impermissibly singles out teachers.
The Benefits of Social Media for Local Governments, Govloop
Coordinating Facebook and Twitter activity with emergency response and 311 outreach does much to protect and inform residents.
23 Texas Cities Targeted in ‘Coordinated’ Ransomware Attack, Nextgov
A single entity appears to be responsible for the attempted data seizures over the weekend of August 16-18. The attacks produced even greater inconvenience, as Grayson County and the City of Denison, which were not targeted, preemptively took their websites offline, interrupting digital services for residents for days.