Court Cases

FDIC Attorney Pleads Guilty to Defrauding a Bank

By on November 23, 2015 in Court Cases, Current Events with 9 Comments

An attorney with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was caught playing fast and loose with the facts in order to convince a bank to approve a short sale on her house.

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Federal Rules Trump State Court Domestic Relations Order

By on November 12, 2015 in Court Cases, Current Events with 6 Comments

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

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Federal Employees' Right to Disobey Is Becoming Clearer

Feeling defiant? Good, because there is a growing body of Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) case law on the little known “right-to-disobey” rule from the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA).

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Court Rules on Another Furlough Case

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

By on October 4, 2015 in Court Cases, Current Events with 8 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

By on September 20, 2015 in Court Cases with 64 Comments
Court Steps in to Remedy ‘Profound Injustice’ by Office of Personnel Management Against a Blind Veteran

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

By on September 9, 2015 in Court Cases, Current Events with 68 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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Smackdown: Federal Circuit Reverses MSPB on Directed Reassignment

By on September 3, 2015 in Court Cases, Current Events with 5 Comments

In an important case to Agency managers, the Federal Circuit directed the MSPB to uphold the removal of a Park Service Manager who refused a directed reassignment. The Board reversed the Agency, the Administrative Judge who heard the case and its own precedent. The Court found that MSPB violated the law in its decision by failing to follow a clear Federal Circuit precedent.

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Position Sensitivity: Where It All Begins

What does it mean to say a position is sensitive and in the “public trust?” The author describes some problems he sees with determining an employee’s suitability for occupying a sensitive position as well as some important case history related to the process.

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Security Clearances and Indefinite Suspensions: Federal Circuit vs the MSPB

By on August 16, 2015 in Court Cases, Current Events with 6 Comments

A recent decision on an indefinite suspension and revoking an employee’s security clearance highlights a conflict between the MSPB and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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