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.

Pulling Security Clearance Leads to Disciplinary Indefinite Suspension

By on July 6, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
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

By on June 9, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
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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Military Veteran Attorney Challenges Termination By SSA

By on May 19, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Military Veteran Attorney Challenges Termination By SSA

The SSA terminated a military veteran during his first year as an attorney and he claimed they violated the law in doing so. See how his appeal worked out.

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Is 16 Years Enough?

By on May 11, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Is 16 Years Enough?

A VA doctor, when reassigned from his preferred compressed work schedule, challenged the agency’s action as a violation of a 16-year old settlement agreement.

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Fudging Certified Time Sheets Leads to Removal

By on May 4, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Fudging Certified Time Sheets Leads to Removal

A DoD Budget Analyst, fired for misrepresenting her work hours, took her case to the appeals court after the MSPB upheld her removal.

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VA Whistleblower Wins a Remand by the Appeals Court

By on April 22, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
VA Whistleblower Wins a Remand by the Appeals Court

A VA nurse who engaged in several whistleblowing activities accused the agency of illegal reprisals against her. The MSPB found in favor of the agency, but the appeals court sent it back to the Board.

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Extradition from Japan Leads to Removal

By on April 13, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Extradition from Japan Leads to Removal

A Department of Defense teacher in Japan lost his job when he was reassigned state side following a drunk driving conviction in Japanese court.

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No Written Election by the Retiree Results in No Survivor’s Annuity

By on April 9, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
No Written Election by the Retiree Results in No Survivor’s Annuity

The widow of a deceased federal annuitant cannot collect a survivor’s annuity because her spouse never elected one for her.

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Supreme Court Overturns Decision in Federal Age Discrimination Case

By on April 6, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Overturns Decision in Federal Age Discrimination Case

The Supreme Court upended the way the federal government has defended against age discrimination complaints under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

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VA Streamlined Discipline Authority Reined in by Court

By on April 2, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
VA Streamlined Discipline Authority Reined in by Court

The law giving VA streamlined disciplinary authority was applied to employee misconduct that occurred before the effective date. See how the appeals court has ruled.

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