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.

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Do As This Former VA Employee Says, Not As He Does

By on March 20, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Do As This Former VA Employee Says, Not As He Does

A Veterans Affairs employee, claiming to be a protected whistleblower, was removed for mishandling a radiological substance, the very activity that he had blown the whistle on with regard to others at his facility.

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Whistleblower Failed Burden of Proof In Challenge to Her Removal

By on March 14, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Whistleblower Failed Burden of Proof In Challenge to Her Removal

A federal attorney who was fired claims that it was done in retaliation for being a whistleblower. The MSPB said it had no jurisdiction, saying she failed to make her case. See how the federal appeals court has now ruled on her appeal.

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Court Awards Back Pay to Federal Employees Over 2013 Government Shutdown

By on February 17, 2017 in Court Cases, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Court Awards Back Pay to Federal Employees Over 2013 Government Shutdown

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has just handed down a payday bonanza for federal employees who signed up for the class action case demanding redress for lost pay during the 2013 government shutdown.

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Was This Federal Employee Too Clever by Half?

By on February 14, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Was This Federal Employee Too Clever by Half?

A federal employee removed for poor performance refused to accept or sign for the notice of termination. On appeal he argued harmful error in that the agency had not served him with proper notice. See how the appeals court deals with this ploy.

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Whistleblower Wins at Appeals Court

By on February 8, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Whistleblower Wins at Appeals Court

Finding that the Government failed to justify reassignment of a Department of Justice whistleblower, the appeals court has bounced his appeal back to MSPB and ordered the Government to pay his costs.

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A Conviction By Any Other Name…

By on January 18, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
A Conviction By Any Other Name…

A federal law enforcement official could not persuade the appeals court to overturn his removal stemming from his conviction on a Virginia felony charge for possession with intent to distribute.

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Some Things Should Be Kept From the Boss

By on December 21, 2016 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

The appeals court has thrown out an arbitration decision upholding removal of a Department of Defense teacher, finding her due process was violated when the chain of command discussed her case.

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A Personal Remembrance in Honor of Veterans Day

By on November 11, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments
A Personal Remembrance in Honor of Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a federal holiday created to honor those that served their country in the military. The author provides a personal memorial to honor one of these veterans.

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All In the Family

By on November 7, 2016 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

Accepting reimbursement for services that were actually paid for by a relative leads to a federal employee’s removal.

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D.C. Circuit Disagrees with DOJ Handling of FOIA Request

By on November 2, 2016 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

Here is yet another case in which a court has taken issue with an agency’s withholding of information in response to a FOIA request. This time it’s the Department of Justice—the agency responsible for “overseeing” how the government is handling its disclosure obligations.

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