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.

Federal Law Enforcement Position + Felony Conviction = Mandatory Removal

By on April 28, 2016 5:23 PM in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

A criminal plea deal that lead to removal of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent amounted to a felony conviction that required he be fired.

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Air Force Loses Round on Military Service Discrimination Claim

By on April 4, 2016 3:48 PM in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

An appeal against the Air Force for discrimination based on military service has been kept alive by a recent federal appeals court decision.

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Lone Wolf 1 – Bureaucracy 0

By on March 27, 2016 6:52 PM in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

The federal appeals court has concluded that the Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency violated the USERRA by refusing to extend a criminal investigator’s tour in Lima, Peru.

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Forced Retirement – or Removal?

By on March 14, 2016 3:47 PM in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

An IRS employee failed with the MSPB, and now the court, to overturn her retirement as coerced.

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National Security and Law Enforcement Outweigh Privacy

By on March 7, 2016 3:28 PM in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

A former Homeland Security personnel chief who resigned before the agency could revoke her clearance for making false statements to investigators landed a job with a sensitive DoD agency. When DHS alerted the new agency to the problems she sued both agencies under the Privacy Act.

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Still Heir to Nothing

By on February 25, 2016 4:40 PM in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

A son whose father left him absolutely nothing in last-minute paperwork executed at a VA Hospital tried unsuccessfully to sue the VA employees who witnessed the father’s testamentary documents.

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Canceling Employee Fellowship is Not Appealable

By on February 16, 2016 7:01 PM in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

A Department of Air Force researcher appealed when her agency cancelled her RAND Fellowship, arguing it was in retaliation for her involvement in a federal court case. See how the Board and the appeals court reacted.

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What One Hand Offers, the Other Takes Away

By on February 8, 2016 3:32 PM in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

Find out why the FDIC’s revocation of an accepted term appointment offer is not an appealable “removal.”

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Change in the SF-50 Does Not Bestow Appeal Rights

By on February 3, 2016 2:06 PM in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

A reemployed annuitant could not “create” appeal rights by having her previous agency change the type of her retirement. See why.

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Should the FEHB Be Required to Cover Speech-Generating Devices for the Hearing Impaired?

By on January 25, 2016 2:36 PM in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

A recent lawsuit unsuccessfully sought a ruling ordering OPM to require, rather than just encourage, FEHB insurers to cover certain equipment for the hearing impaired.

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