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.

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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VA Pharmacist Loses Bid To Overturn Her Removal

By on March 21, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
VA Pharmacist Loses Bid To Overturn Her Removal

The VA Medical Center in Washington, DC successfully defended its decision to fire one of its clinical pharmacists based on three charges.

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Postmaster Removed for Unacceptable Conduct

By on February 28, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Postmaster Removed for Unacceptable Conduct

An 18-year postal employee who had worked his way up to Postmaster Grade 21 tried unsuccessfully to have his firing overturned by the appeals court.

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50-Count Indictment Leads to Indefinite Suspension at VA

By on January 16, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
50-Count Indictment Leads to Indefinite Suspension at VA

An Atlanta VA employee, indicted by a Federal grand jury on 50 counts of making false statements in connection with performing his official duties, was indefinitely suspended by the agency pending the outcome of the criminal case against him.

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Court Slaps Down AFGE on Its Efforts to Avoid Reinstatement of National Union Official

By on November 16, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Court Slaps Down AFGE on Its Efforts to Avoid Reinstatement of National Union Official

Following a court’s order to undo the removal of the National Secretary-Treasurer of AFGE, Eugene Hudson, the union tried to get the court to issue an emergency stay of its order so the union could have time to fire him again. The court declined to do so and its order to reinstate Hudson to his national office still stands.

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DoD Succeeds in Removing a Police Officer the Second Time Around

By on November 2, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
DoD Succeeds in Removing a Police Officer the Second Time Around

A Defense Department police officer got in trouble with the law in California. Before his plea deal came about, the Department took action….three times…but only the second removal action made it through on appeal.

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¿Qué Pasó?

By on October 25, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
¿Qué Pasó?

A Spanish language translator who was fired by SSA demanded he be provided an interpreter during the appeal, and failure to do so amounted to denial of due process.

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No Damages For OPM Data Breach

By on September 19, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
No Damages For OPM Data Breach

A federal court has sided in favor of OPM and one of its contractors in lawsuits filed by AFGE and NTEU seeking damages in the data breaches that exposed the personal data of over 20 million current and former federal employees.

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A Federal Internship Does Not Guarantee a Permanent Position

By on August 14, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
A Federal Internship Does Not Guarantee a Permanent Position

Does the Merit Systems Protection Board have jurisdiction to review an agency’s decision not to convert an intern position to a permanent appointment? The MSPB says no and the appeals court now agrees.

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DOD Budget Sequestration Furlough in 2013 Affirmed

By on August 8, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
DOD Budget Sequestration Furlough in 2013 Affirmed

In one of many appeals brought by furloughed Defense employees as the result of the 2013 budget sequestration process, the appeals court has found no error in the handling of one employee’s appeal.

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