Court Cases

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

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

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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Job Reassignment Standards Continue to Concern Federal Employees

Some recent court cases highlight the challenges and complexities federal employees can encounter when it comes to job reassignments.

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Air Force Loses Round on Military Service Discrimination Claim

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

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?

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

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

By on February 25, 2016 in Court Cases, Current Events with 16 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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Canceling Employee Fellowship is Not Appealable

By on February 16, 2016 in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

A Department of Air Force researcher appealed when her agency cancelled her RAND Fellowship, arguing it was in retaliation for her involvement in a federal court case. See how the Board and the appeals court reacted.

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What One Hand Offers, the Other Takes Away

By on February 8, 2016 in Court Cases, Current Events with 3 Comments

Find out why the FDIC’s revocation of an accepted term appointment offer is not an appealable “removal.”

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