FELTG Executive Director Deborah Hopkins instructing a class
Developing & Defending Discipline: Holding Federal Employees Accountable – San Juan, Puerto Rico @ Doubletree by Hilton San Juan
May 5 – May 7 all-day

Note: FELTG is planning to hold these sessions with limited enrollment, allowing plenty of space for each student, but will keep close watch on the COVID-19 situation and adjust the schedule if necessary.

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Holding federal employees accountable for performance and conduct is easier than you might think. Too many supervisors believe that an employee’s protected activity (EEO complaints, whistleblower disclosures, or union activity) precludes the supervisor from initiating a suspension or removal, but that’s just not true.

FELTG is here to make federal supervisors’ lives easier by clarifying those misconceptions while helping supervisors understand how to take defensible misconduct actions quickly and fairly – actions that withstand scrutiny on appeal by the MSPB, EEOC, or in grievance arbitration. Plus, if you have a non-performing employee working for you now, we show you how you can remove that employee from your workplace in 31 days, among many other things.

Do you want to ensure that you’re complying with President Trump’s Executive Orders as they pertain to performance management? Do you want to meet OPM’s deadline for streamlining your disciplinary procedures? Join us for this three-day seminar and come away with the tools you need.

The program runs 8:30 – 4:00 each day and meets OPM’s mandatory training requirements for federal supervisors found at 5 CFR 412.202(b).


Deborah Hopkins

Daily Agenda:


Accountability for Conduct and Performance, Part I: Accountability and supervisory authority; discipline and misconduct theory and practice; penalty defense and due process; discipline procedures and appeals; psychology of performance appraisal; performance-based removal procedures.


Accountability for Conduct and Performance, Part II: Completing a performance action; team workshop; handling the absent employee and dealing with attendance issues; medical removals; union considerations; mentorship in the federal government.


Defending Against Discrimination Complaints: The Supervisor’s Role: The role of EEO in the federal government; defining protected categories: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, genetic information and reprisal; theories of discrimination; agency defenses; what to do if you’re a Responding Management Official in a complaint; what happens if you’re called as an EEO witness.


Early Bird Tuition (register by April 21):
  • 3 days = $1400
  • 2 days = $1000
  • 1 day = $560

Standard Tuition (register April 22 – May 7):

  • 3 days = $1500
  • 2 days = $1100
  • 1 day = $660


Seminar registration includes a copy of the textbook UnCivil Servant: Holding Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct, 5th ed., by Wiley and Hopkins.


The hotel has a limited block of rooms available at the federal per diem rate. Please contact the hotel directly at 877-926-3030 to make a reservation.

Cancellation and No-show Policy for Registered Participants: Cancellations made after the cancel date on the registration form will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses. Pre-paid training will not be refunded, and will not be given credit toward another course. No-shows will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses.

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