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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Change in the SF-50 Does Not Bestow Appeal Rights

Filed in Headlines, News by on February 3, 2016 Comments

A reemployed annuitant could not “create” appeal rights by having her previous agency change the type of her retirement. See why.

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Should the FEHB Be Required to Cover Speech-Generating Devices for the Hearing Impaired?

Filed in News by on January 25, 2016 Comments

A recent lawsuit unsuccessfully sought a ruling ordering OPM to require, rather than just encourage, FEHB insurers to cover certain equipment for the hearing impaired.

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Justice Department Must Turn Over Documents to U.S. House Committee

Filed in News by on January 20, 2016 Comments

Having to resort to federal court to get the Justice Department to turn over documents, the U.S. District Court has now ordered the Attorney General to cough them up to the House Committee in response to its subpoena for the documents.

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Federal Rules Trump State Court Domestic Relations Order

Filed in News by on November 12, 2015 Comments

A federal annuitant finds he cannot change his survivor annuity selection after his retirement date.

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Court Rules on Another Furlough Case

Filed in News by on October 21, 2015 Comments

The appeals court has upheld two arbitration decisions that ruled against a union challenge to the furlough of Army employees brought about by sequestration in 2013.

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Navy Furlough of Civilian Employees Following Sequester Upheld by Court

Filed in News by on October 4, 2015 Comments

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.

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Court Steps in to Remedy ‘Profound Injustice’ by Office of Personnel Management Against a Blind Veteran

Filed in News by on September 20, 2015 Comments

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.”

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Don’t Lie on the Federal Employment Application

Filed in News by on September 9, 2015 Comments

A federal employee learned the hard way that if you hide a pretty important fact on your federal job application, you face dismissal from the job and possibly debarment from working for the federal government.

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