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A Federal Internship Does Not Guarantee a Permanent Position

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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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Union Official Sues AFGE for Defamation

By on July 25, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Union Official Sues AFGE for Defamation

A district court has refused to dismiss a defamation action brought by a local union official against the union and at least one AFGE representative, thus giving this aggrieved union member, a former local AFGE official, a day in court.

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Supreme Court Reaffirms Where Federal Employees Can Appeal ‘Mixed Case’ Claims

By on July 17, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Reaffirms Where Federal Employees Can Appeal ‘Mixed Case’ Claims

The Supreme Court recently clarified how “mixed cases” will be handled in courts for federal employees.

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This Widow Does Not Meet the Legal Definition of ‘Widow’ for Federal Retirement Purposes

By on July 5, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
This Widow Does Not Meet the Legal Definition of ‘Widow’ for Federal Retirement Purposes

The widow of an FBI employee is ruled not eligible for a FERS annuity survivor’s benefit since the length of her marriage was less than 9 months at the time of her husband’s death.

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Supreme Court Decides Federal Employee ‘Mixed Case’ Court Jurisdiction Issue

By on June 26, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Decides Federal Employee ‘Mixed Case’ Court Jurisdiction Issue

Confronted with the question which court (Federal Circuit Court of Appeals or the U.S. District Court) is the proper forum for challenging a MSPB decision dismissing a federal employee’s appeal for lack of jurisdiction in a so-called “mixed case,” the U.S. Supreme Court has stepped in and settled the matter.

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Clinical Psychologist Convicted for His Role in $600 Million Social Security Disability Scheme

By on June 20, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Clinical Psychologist Convicted for His Role in $600 Million Social Security Disability Scheme

A clinical psychologist in Kentucky has been convicted for his role in a scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration of more than $600 million.

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Federal Contractor Arrested for Leaking Top Secret Report

By on June 6, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Federal Contractor Arrested for Leaking Top Secret Report

A federal contractor has been arrested for leaking a top secret classified document, reportedly in regards to Russian election interference.

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Federal Employee One of Four Charged in Insider Trading Scheme

By on May 26, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Federal Employee One of Four Charged in Insider Trading Scheme

A federal employee with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is one of several individuals indicted for an insider trading scheme.

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Unprotected Whistleblowing Will Not Undo Removal of Federal Employee

By on May 25, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Unprotected Whistleblowing Will Not Undo Removal of Federal Employee

A Department of Education employee removed for various misconduct reasons tried to thwart the agency’s action by pointing to his whistleblowing activity. Since he could not prove it was protected whistleblowing and the agency could prove it would fire him even if it had been, he lost out on his appeal.

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