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.

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See what happened when a VA psychologist’s state license was revoked, leading to his removal from his federal position.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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Justice Delayed Apparently Is Not Justice Denied

By on May 14, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Justice Delayed Apparently Is Not Justice Denied

An IRS employee who was fired invoked arbitration but dragged her feet agreeing to a hearing date. She may receive back pay as the result of the appeals court decision.

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Retire or Be Fired – A Tough Choice But Not Coercion

By on April 22, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Retire or Be Fired – A Tough Choice But Not Coercion

An 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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It Wasn’t Me, It Was the Brownies!

By on April 2, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
It Wasn’t Me, It Was the Brownies!

CBP removed an employee for a positive drug test, but he claimed he must have unwittingly eaten a laced brownie beforehand.

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Appeals Court Sustains Ten-Day Suspension

By on March 11, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Appeals Court Sustains Ten-Day Suspension

This case challenging a ten-day suspension against a Border Patrol Agent made its way to the federal appeals court by way of a challenge to an arbitrator’s decision.

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MSPB Overturned by Appeals Court

By on February 27, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
MSPB Overturned by Appeals Court

The federal appeals court found fault with MSPB’s decision involving a supervisor charged with negligence in making sure an applicant had a required degree.

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