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.

Whistleblower Status Did Not Upend Removal of TSA Agent

By on September 10, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Whistleblower Status Did Not Upend Removal of TSA Agent

A TSA agent, fired for several instances of discourteous conduct, failed to convince the appeals court to overturn his removal because of his whistleblower status.

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Removal Mitigated to 561-Day Suspension

By on August 22, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Removal Mitigated to 561-Day Suspension

The appeals court is troubled by an arbitrator’s decision to mitigate a removal to an extended suspension for “time served” but not for the reasons one may think.

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Fired Phoenix VA Executive Implicated in Veterans Wait List Scandal Fails to Win His Job Back

By on August 6, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Fired Phoenix VA Executive Implicated in Veterans Wait List Scandal Fails to Win His Job Back

The Phoenix VA Associate Director, caught up in the veterans “secret” waiting list scandal allegations, was fired. See how the appeals court ruled on his case.

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Did DOJ Drug Enforcement Administration Violate the USERRA?

By on July 30, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Did DOJ Drug Enforcement Administration Violate the USERRA?

A DEA agent called out his agency for not selecting him for merit promotion due to bias against reservists on the part of his supervisor.

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Not MSPB Error, But “Garden-Variety” Neglect By Appellant

By on July 23, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Not MSPB Error, But “Garden-Variety” Neglect By Appellant

An attorney who prioritized her summer vacation over preparing for her MSPB appeal hearing has to live with the consequences.

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Lights, Hammer, Action!

By on July 11, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Lights, Hammer, Action!

A VA employee got himself fired when he blew a gasket over a light switch.

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What a Difference a Day Doesn’t Make

By on July 2, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
What a Difference a Day Doesn’t Make

A VA employee, removed for conduct unbecoming after planting an unwanted kiss on a co-worker, ended up before the appeals court in an unsuccessful challenge.

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Loss of State License to Practice Leads to Removal

By on June 25, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Loss of State License to Practice Leads to Removal

See what happened when a VA psychologist’s state license was revoked, leading to his removal from his federal position.

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When We Say, “Do Not Disclose,” We Mean Do Not Disclose

By on June 11, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
When We Say, “Do Not Disclose,” We Mean Do Not Disclose

A DoD police officer appealed his removal based on lack of candor, conduct unbecoming, and unauthorized use of a computer. See how the appeals court ruled.

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Revoked Security Clearance Leads to Indefinite Suspension

By on May 30, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Revoked Security Clearance Leads to Indefinite Suspension

An employee who lost his required security clearance and was indefinitely suspended as a result lost his appeal challenging the agency’s action.

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