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.

Retire or Be Fired – A Tough Choice But Not Coercion

November 17, 2020 10:47 AM
Retire or Be Fired – A Tough Choice But Not Coercion

A 33-year Army employee who elected to retire rather than be removed for unacceptable performance sought reinstatement by arguing he was coerced into retiring.

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How to Navigate From Proposed Removal to 30-Day Suspension for Running an Etsy Store On Government Time and Computer

October 19, 2020 8:54 AM
How to Navigate From Proposed Removal to 30-Day Suspension for Running an Etsy Store On Government Time and Computer

A bargaining unit member at the FAA, facing removal from her job for running an Etsy store on her government time and equipment, turned to the union for defense.

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Does National Guard Service Count Toward Federal Retirement?

September 24, 2020 10:42 AM
Does National Guard Service Count Toward Federal Retirement?

This case involves a determination by OPM not to credit 87 days served by a Federal retiree in the Army National Guard of Connecticut.

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Lack of Candor Leads to HR Supervisor’s Removal at DHS

September 9, 2020 3:08 PM
Lack of Candor Leads to HR Supervisor’s Removal at DHS

DHS removed a relatively new employee for lack of candor in filling out his security background investigation questionnaire.

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Illegal Civil Service Appointment Leads to Employee’s Removal

August 31, 2020 7:22 AM
Illegal Civil Service Appointment Leads to Employee’s Removal

Favoritism in the selection process for a HUD field office director eventually resulted in removal to “regularize” his illegal appointment.

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Third Party Watch Dog Group Lacks Standing in Bid to Force Prosecution of Hatch Act Violations

August 24, 2020 8:19 AM
Third Party Watch Dog Group Lacks Standing in Bid to Force Prosecution of Hatch Act Violations

A federal district court has turned aside efforts by a watch dog group to force OSC to prosecute violations of the Hatch Act by a White House official.

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“Please Sir, I Want Some More”

August 4, 2020 9:32 AM
“Please Sir, I Want Some More”

A VA whistleblower challenged a reprimand as retaliatory. The MSPB awarded some damages but drew the line when he asked to be compensated for loss of incentive pay.

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Agency Decision to Revoke Tentative Job Offer Not Appealable

July 16, 2020 11:15 AM
Agency Decision to Revoke Tentative Job Offer Not Appealable

Does the MSPB have jurisdiction over an appeal from an applicant who was made a “tentative” job offer that was revoked by the agency because of a background check?

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Pulling Security Clearance Leads to Disciplinary Indefinite Suspension

Pulling Security Clearance Leads to Disciplinary Indefinite Suspension

DOJ indefinitely suspended an employee after his security clearance was pulled. See how he made out on appeal.

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Union-Filed Grievance Preempts Employee Appeal

Union-Filed Grievance Preempts Employee Appeal

A federal employee removed by his agency tried to file an appeal with the Merit Systems Protection Board only to find the Board had no jurisdiction in the case.

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