Tag: Court Cases

It’s Time for Another Civil Service Reform Act

Filed in News by on June 23, 2015 Comments

Over the last several years Congress has been contemplating another civil service reform act. The author says that it is long overdue and explains why.

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The Perfectly Bad Case

Filed in News by on June 22, 2015 Comments

The Wall Street Journal recently published an opinion piece linking a Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) decision to the massive data breach that recently occurred at OPM which jeopardized the personal data of millions of current and former federal employees. The author analyzes this case and how it relates to the data breach.

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Circuit Says OPM Dropped the Ball on Suitability, MSPB Can Now Say ‘Hire Liars’

Filed in News by on June 17, 2015 Comments

In a recent case, a panel of D.C. Circuit Court Judges lambasted OPM for asking for a three judge panel to review a single judge’s ruling without having a case to hang its legal hat on. The author explains why this case is important.

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What’s Wrong With Watching Porn on My Government Computer?

Filed in News by on June 3, 2015 Comments

An ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency) officer got in big trouble when he used his idle time at work to visit questionable websites with the agency computer. He took offense at the charge that he lacked candor in responding to investigators. See how this one came out.

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Two Years Does Not Mean Three-and-a-Half Years

Filed in News by on May 28, 2015 Comments

In yet another situation where a retired federal employee missed the deadline for electing a survivor annuity for his new wife, she ends up with nothing.

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Full Appeals Court Clears Way For Expansion of MSPB Review In Suitability Cases

Filed in News by on May 19, 2015 Comments

A few months ago, the appeals court upheld a significant expansion by the MSPB of its jurisdiction over suitability appeals. OPM fought this expansion by requesting that the full Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit re-hear the case “en banc.” The appeals court has now responded in what is a victory for the Board and a disappointment for OPM.

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Controlling Overtime Budgets Just Got Harder for Agencies

Filed in News by on May 16, 2015 Comments

Federal agencies just got new marching orders from the appeals court on the standards to be applied for when overtime must be paid.

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Reemployed Annuitant Became ‘At Will’ Employee

Filed in News by on April 30, 2015 Comments

A federal employee retired after a reduction-in-force, was reemployed, but finds out the hard way that keeping the annuity flowing means losing civil service protections.

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