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.

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He Said, They Said

Filed in News by on May 18, 2016 Comments

An instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), fired as the result of allegations he fraternized with female students, tried unsuccessfully to argue that poor witness credibility decisions amounted to error on the part of the review board that has upheld his removal.

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Federal District Court Orders Discovery Against White House Agency in a FOIA Case

Filed in News by on May 10, 2016 Comments

The district court has ordered discovery in another Freedom of Information Act case where the actions of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, part of the White House, in responding to a document request are characterized by the court as “inconsistent” and a “rare case where discovery is warranted.”

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Federal Law Enforcement Position + Felony Conviction = Mandatory Removal

Filed in News by on April 28, 2016 Comments

A criminal plea deal that lead to removal of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent amounted to a felony conviction that required he be fired.

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Air Force Loses Round on Military Service Discrimination Claim

Filed in News by on April 4, 2016 Comments

An appeal against the Air Force for discrimination based on military service has been kept alive by a recent federal appeals court decision.

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Lone Wolf 1 – Bureaucracy 0

Filed in News by on March 27, 2016 Comments

The federal appeals court has concluded that the Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency violated the USERRA by refusing to extend a criminal investigator’s tour in Lima, Peru.

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Forced Retirement – or Removal?

Filed in News by on March 14, 2016 Comments

An IRS employee failed with the MSPB, and now the court, to overturn her retirement as coerced.

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National Security and Law Enforcement Outweigh Privacy

Filed in News by on March 7, 2016 Comments

A former Homeland Security personnel chief who resigned before the agency could revoke her clearance for making false statements to investigators landed a job with a sensitive DoD agency. When DHS alerted the new agency to the problems she sued both agencies under the Privacy Act.

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Still Heir to Nothing

Filed in News by on February 25, 2016 Comments

A son whose father left him absolutely nothing in last-minute paperwork executed at a VA Hospital tried unsuccessfully to sue the VA employees who witnessed the father’s testamentary documents.

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