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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Veterans Employment Opportunity Act and Merit Promotions

Filed in Headlines, News by on February 24, 2015 Comments

Does the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) require agencies to credit military service in computing time-in-grade requirements for a military veteran who is already on the agency’s civilian payroll? See how the appeals court has answered this in a precedential decision.

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I Forgot About It – That’s Why I Deserve an Extension

Filed in News by on February 3, 2015 Comments

A federal retiree acknowledged receiving the notice from Office of Personnel Management about the strict deadline for appealing an annuity decision, but said he should have received an extension because he put it aside and forgot about it. See how the court reacts in Schumacher v. Office of Personnel Management (CAFC No. 2014-3110 (nonprecedential), 9/15/14).

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“Confused and in a Fog” or Lack of Candor?

Filed in News by on January 27, 2015 Comments

This case shows how trying to hide misconduct can end up compounding an employee’s woes.

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Too Sick to Work But Well Enough to Go to a Casino

Filed in News by on January 14, 2015 Comments

A twenty-year employee of the Postal Service was fired stemming from misuse of the government-issued credit card. See how he made out when he took his case to court.

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It was My Attorney’s Fault

Filed in News by on January 5, 2015 Comments

Illegal partisan activities triggered an Office of Special Counsel investigation and eventually led to this postal employee’s removal.

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Court Concludes Army’s Decision to Deny Purple Heart “Defies Reason”

Filed in News by on December 27, 2014 Comments

A Vietnam veteran takes on the Army to try to win a Purple Heart stemming from his combat service. See how he fared.

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Two Years Means Two Years

Filed in News by on December 14, 2014 Comments

A retired federal employee missed the deadline to elect a survivor annuity for her new husband. She took her case to the appeals court when OPM turned her down. See if she fared any better with the court.

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“Good Intentions” Not a Defense

Filed in News by on November 25, 2014 Comments

Applying progressive discipline, the IRS ended up firing an employee who dragged his feet every year resulting in late payment of his federal taxes.

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