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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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U.S. Supreme Court Decides Divorce Dispute Over Air Force Retirement Pay

By on May 20, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
U.S. Supreme Court Decides Divorce Dispute Over Air Force Retirement Pay

The U. S. Supreme Court slapped down a decision by the Arizona state courts that held the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act did not pre-empt the Arizona family court’s order requiring that a military retiree make up for a portion of his annuity lost by his ex-wife by operation of federal law.

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Appeals Court Rules on Former VA Director’s Termination

Appeals Court Rules on Former VA Director’s Termination

In an early test of the new law designed to make it easier to fire DVA senior executives and to streamline the appeals process, the appeals court has handed down a significant ruling that presents a mixed bag.

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Former IRS Revenue Officer Heading to Prison for Tax Evasion

By on May 10, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Former IRS Revenue Officer Heading to Prison for Tax Evasion

A former IRS revenue officer has been sentenced to prison for tax evasion despite operating a business in which he helped clients deal with tax problems.

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