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.

Appeals Court Slaps Down Secret Service For Playing Games in Responding to FOIA Responses

By on September 18, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Appeals Court Slaps Down Secret Service For Playing Games in Responding to FOIA Responses

The appeals court has said “enough” with the tactics followed by Secret Service in failing to follow FOIA requirements.

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Appeals Court Rules MSPB Erred in Handling Coerced Retirement Claim

By on September 12, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Appeals Court Rules MSPB Erred in Handling Coerced Retirement Claim

A Department of Commerce employee has convinced the appeals court that his retirement was involuntary because of a hostile work environment.

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Extension of Defense Department Ban on Transgender Military Service Still On Hold Following Court Decision

By on August 7, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Extension of Defense Department Ban on Transgender Military Service Still On Hold Following Court Decision

The government tried unsuccessfully to convince the district court to throw out a legal challenge to transgender individuals serving in the military.

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No Base Access, No Job

By on July 30, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
No Base Access, No Job

An Air Force employee whose job required both base access and a security clearance found out the hard way that a previous criminal conviction added up to no job.

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Postal Service Snafu Leads to Multi-Million Pay Day for Artist

By on July 16, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Postal Service Snafu Leads to Multi-Million Pay Day for Artist

The Postal Service made a costly mistake when it infringed an artist’s copyright by placing his depiction of the Statue of Liberty on a stamp without his agreement.

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Federal Appeals Court Limits Ability to Sue TSA and its Screeners

By on July 12, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Federal Appeals Court Limits Ability to Sue TSA and its Screeners

A federal appeals court has ruled that TSA screeners are not criminal law enforcement officers thus limiting the circumstances under which they may be sued.

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Supremes Strike Down Decision of Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Who Was Not Constitutionally Appointed

By on June 21, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Supremes Strike Down Decision of Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Who Was Not Constitutionally Appointed

The Supreme Court has found that an ALJ of the Securities and Exchange Commission could not properly decide a case since he was not constitutionally appointed.

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Positive Drug Test Following Crane Accident Results in Removal

By on May 30, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Positive Drug Test Following Crane Accident Results in Removal

A Navy supervisor whose team caused an accident resulting in $30,000 damage to a building failed the subsequent drug test and was removed as a result.

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Indefinite Suspension of VA Firefighter for Stalking Is Upheld

By on May 23, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Indefinite Suspension of VA Firefighter for Stalking Is Upheld

An arbitrator, and now the appeals court, has upheld the indefinite suspension of a VA employee in connection with several incidents of his “stalking” of female coworkers.

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Menacing ‘Don’t Mess With Me’ Leads to Firing

By on April 16, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Menacing ‘Don’t Mess With Me’ Leads to Firing

A 22-year Army civil service employee was removed for making “menacing” remarks to her Army supervisor at Fort Gordon, Georgia. See how her appeal came out.

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