Susan McGuire Smith
Susan McGuire Smith spent most of her federal legal career with NASA, serving as Chief Counsel at Marshall Space Flight Center for 14 years. Her expertise is in government contracts, ethics, and personnel law.
Susan McGuire Smith's Latest Posts
A challenge by several civilian Navy employees to their furlough by the agency in response to the 2013 automatic budget cuts resulting from sequestration has been rejected by the appeals court.
Court Steps in to Remedy ‘Profound Injustice’ by Office of Personnel Management Against a Blind Veteran
When the Office of Personnel Management was inflexible in dealing with a decorated war veteran, a federal judge stepped in to provide rare injunctive relief “to remedy the profound injustice committed by the federal bureaucracy against a blind war veteran.”
An ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency) officer got in big trouble when he used his idle time at work to visit questionable websites with the agency computer. He took offense at the charge that he lacked candor in responding to investigators. See how this one came out.
A few months ago, the appeals court upheld a significant expansion by the MSPB of its jurisdiction over suitability appeals. OPM fought this expansion by requesting that the full Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit re-hear the case “en banc.” The appeals court has now responded in what is a victory for the Board and a disappointment for OPM.
Federal agencies just got new marching orders from the appeals court on the standards to be applied for when overtime must be paid.