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.

Supreme Court Overturns Decision in Federal Age Discrimination Case

By on April 6, 2020 7:24 PM 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 7:25 AM 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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NCIS Japan

By on March 27, 2020 12:09 PM in Court Cases with 0 Comments
NCIS Japan

An NCIS investigator in Japan who was suspended and demoted following revocation of his driving privileges took his case to the federal appeals court.

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Excepted Service Appointee Not Entitled to Review of Termination

By on February 25, 2020 8:37 AM in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Excepted Service Appointee Not Entitled to Review of Termination

A DEA agent who omitted information on prior workplace discipline in his application had no right of appeal to the MSPB.

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Postmaster Removed for Inappropriate Behavior Toward Employee He Fired

By on February 13, 2020 12:38 PM in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Postmaster Removed for Inappropriate Behavior Toward Employee He Fired

A Postmaster removed an employee for performance, but he was removed after she alleged that he had made inappropriate comments to her while she worked for him.

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Does Time at a U.S. Military Academy Count Toward Civilian Service?

By on January 31, 2020 8:14 AM in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Does Time at a U.S. Military Academy Count Toward Civilian Service?

An appeals court considered whether the 5 year requirement of civilian service to quality for an annuity could be met in part with service as a cadet at West Point.

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Appeals Court Vacates MSPB Removal Decision For Its Mishandling of Whistleblower Defense

By on January 20, 2020 8:11 AM in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Appeals Court Vacates MSPB Removal Decision For Its Mishandling of Whistleblower Defense

A GSA Financial Advisor who argued his removal was retaliation for whistleblowing convinced the appeals court to overturn the administrative appeal decision.

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Temper Tantrum Leads to Removal

By on December 9, 2019 10:11 AM in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Temper Tantrum Leads to Removal

An Air Force IT Specialist was fired after he blew up at his supervisor in an incident that required military police assistance. See how his appeal came out.

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Improper Handling of Classified Information Leads to Removal

By on November 19, 2019 10:23 AM in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Improper Handling of Classified Information Leads to Removal

A senior civil service engineer was fired by the Air Force due to his mishandling of classified materials in emails sent from his home computer.

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It’s the Lying Under Oath That Always Gets You

By on November 7, 2019 10:05 AM in Court Cases with 0 Comments
It’s the Lying Under Oath That Always Gets You

A DHS law enforcement officer, removed for her lack of candor in several agency inquiries, failed to win her job back in arbitration so she took her case to court.

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