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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Gun Purchase Leads to Fed’s Termination

Filed in Headlines, News by on April 21, 2015 Comments

This former Forest Service employee ran into trouble when he purchased a firearm for a third party and was not entirely up front in filling out the required ATF form.

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Winning Has Consequences

Filed in News by on March 18, 2015 Comments

An employee flush with victory when the Board ordered her reinstatement perhaps got too bullish in dealing with the agency as it tried to work out her back pay. See how this one unfolded and what the court did with it.

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Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

Filed in News by on March 10, 2015 Comments

Here’s a strange case where the Air Force and now the district court have refused to let an Air Force ROTC cadet booted out of the program have his cake and eat it too.

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‘Essential Employees’ and the 2013 Government Shutdown: Are You a Class Member?

Filed in News by on March 6, 2015 Comments

Fallout continues from the October 2013 partial government shutdown, this time in the form of liquidated damages the government may have to pay up to 1.3 million federal employees. Do you qualify to be part of the class? Read on to find out.

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Veterans Employment Opportunity Act and Merit Promotions

Filed in 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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