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Court of Federal Claims Issues Order Conditionally Certifying Shutdown Case as a Collective Action

On July 31, 2014, the United States Court of Federal Claims partially denied the Government’s motion to dismiss the claims of a group of federal employees who were declared “excepted” (or “essential”) and who had sued the government on October 24, 2013, on claims that the Government violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA) during the government shutdown. After the denial of the Government’s motion to dismiss, the employees worked with the Government’s representatives and discussed whether and how to give notice to government workers covered by the lawsuit of their right to join the case.  The parties reached agreement on October 10, 2014. On October 16, 2014, the claims court Judge entered an Order conditionally certifying the case as a collective action, adopting the parties’ proposed forms of Notice, the proposed Consent to Join form, and the plan for giving notice, with modifications.

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History's Blotter - Apalachin Mafia Summit, November 14, 1957

For a long time, if you entered any police or sheriff’s department in the country, you would be greeted at the front desk by a sergeant presiding over a large bound book. Everyone who came into the station, every call patrolmen answered—it was all documented in that book, called a blotter. The National Law Enforcement Museum has acquired blotters from all across the United States. They are an important part of our collection—teeming with information about day-to-day law enforcement activities and touching on national events as they affected specific agencies. Find below our version of a national blotter: History’s Blotter draws from events in many places and times to present the collective experience of law enforcement in America. 

Take a look at the entry featured this month (below), and scroll down to explore the History's Blotter archive.

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OPM Promotes Pathways Program to Attract Next Generation of Feds

GEICO’s Good Stuff is a column series highlighting great stuff happening in the federal community. 


Last Monday, November 17, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta held a Pathways Program Day at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland.

OPM has heard criticism of the Pathways Program from hiring managers in recent years, and has launched a new initiative to inform hiring managers and human resources professionals on the best way to utilize the program.

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Help Feds in Need—Support FEEA's Bill Bransford Helping Hands Fund

During this year’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) – join the effort of feds helping feds!

Consider contributing to the Bill Bransford Helping Hands Fund, which provides grants to federal employees in need for whom repayment of even a no-interest FEEA (Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund) loan would create an undue hardship.

Bill Bransford, of the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C. and the publisher of the FEDmanager and FEDagent newsletters, passed away in September 2013. He also was a long time FEEA Board member.

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