Mathew B. Tully, Esq.'s Latest Posts

D.C. Circuit Court Rules Private Email Accounts Subject to FOIA

Filed in News by on July 24, 2016 Comments

In a case of great significance for federal employees, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit overturned a lower court decision and ruled that “an agency cannot shield its records from search or disclosure” under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) “by the expedient of storing them in a private email account.” The author summarizes the case and what it means for federal workers.

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Honesty is the Best Policy When it Comes to Security Clearance Forms

Filed in News by on June 20, 2016 Comments

When filling out an SF86 form, you may face a steeper punishment than denial or revocation of your security clearance. A recent case highlights the repercussions dishonesty can create for federal employees who lie on this form.

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Job Reassignment Standards Continue to Concern Federal Employees

Filed in News by on April 21, 2016 Comments

Some recent court cases highlight the challenges and complexities federal employees can encounter when it comes to job reassignments.

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OPM Data Breach Consequences for 2016 and Beyond

Filed in News by on February 22, 2016 Comments

The recent data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management impacted millions of current and former federal employees. These are highlights of some actions the government is taking to secure the personal data of its workforce.

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Court Finds Jurisdiction, But Denies Veteran’s Preference Claims in Dean v. Department of Labor

Filed in News by on December 20, 2015 Comments

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that a veteran did not have his veterans’ preference rights violated by the Department of Labor when he applied, but was not considered for, a position as a Recent Graduate Wage and Hour Specialist pursuant to the President’s Pathways Program.

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Federal Employees’ Right to Disobey Is Becoming Clearer

Filed in News by on November 4, 2015 Comments

Feeling defiant? Good, because there is a growing body of Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) case law on the little known “right-to-disobey” rule from the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA).

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Settlements Drive Spike in Monetary Benefit Awards from EEO Complaints

Filed in News by on September 22, 2014 Comments

Even though the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found discrimination in a below-average number of federal sector cases in fiscal year 2012, agencies ended up paying more to resolve employees’ formal and informal discrimination complaints in that year than in any other year in at least the past decade.

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad – I Just Cost You Your Security Clearance

Filed in News by on June 11, 2014 Comments

Fathers who work for the federal government or for defense contractors make many sacrifices for their children. But sometimes their children can cost them their security clearance. The author explains why this is the case.

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