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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Dog Bites Mail Carrier and Supervisor is Removed

Filed in Headlines, News by on July 24, 2014

A supervisor with 44 years of service who failed to follow agency policy when a mail carrier was bitten while on duty ends up losing her job based on this and several other misjudgments in carrying out her supervisory responsibilities.

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Unprofessional, Uncivil and Somewhat Boorish

Filed in News by on May 4, 2014

According to the appeals court, “somewhat boorish” actions of supervisors at Merit Systems Protection Board were the “ordinary tribulations of the workplace,” and did not add up to an actionable hostile work environment.

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Volunteer Jury Duty Leads to Firing

Filed in News by on April 24, 2014

A fired Navy employee who tried to avoid relocation to D.C. by volunteering to serve on a grand jury has lost in her third round before the appeals court.

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Practice Makes Perfect

Filed in News by on April 16, 2014

This is yet another case where a retired employee’s failure to designate his wife-in this case his fifth-to receive a survivor’s annuity means she gets nothing.

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Breach of Settlement Agreement May Lead to Monetary Damage Award

Filed in News by on April 9, 2014

The Merit Systems Protection Board is not the only forum to challenge OPM’s breach of its settlement agreement with a fired employee. He now gets his day in the claims court to seek monetary damages according to the appeals court.

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What Does the Merit Systems Protection Board Have in Common with Federal Health Care Enrollment?

Filed in News by on March 25, 2014

A balky website for filing appeals with the MSPB is turned aside as an excuse for missing the filing deadline by both the Board and the appeals court. The employee is therefore out of luck in trying to challenge her removal.

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Disrespect for WWII Vet Leads to Firing

Filed in News by on March 3, 2014

A VA employee is fired for verbal and physical abuse toward an elderly patient.

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Integrity Issues Lead to a Suspension That Leads to a Five-Grade Demotion

Filed in News by on February 20, 2014

The first time around the agency mitigated a proposed removal to a 2-week suspension. This time it mitigated a proposed removal to a demotion. The employee unsuccessfully argued double punishment, but the MSPB and the appeals court say “not.”

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