Court Cases

Mama Bear's Efforts to Save Her Son's Job Added Up to Nepotism

A Supervisory Patent Examiner who retired rather than be busted down to a non-supervisory position for the offense of nepotism was unable to persuade the Merit Systems Protection Board, and now the appeals court, to hear her case.

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Honesty is the Best Policy When it Comes to Security Clearance Forms

When filling out an SF86 form, you may face a steeper punishment than denial or revocation of your security clearance. A recent case highlights the repercussions dishonesty can create for federal employees who lie on this form.

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Keep the Money, and Run!

A divorced spouse relied on an inaccurate version of a 20-year-old divorce decree to get OPM to award her a survivor annuity on the death of her former husband. When presented with the accurate version of the decree, OPM revoked the annuity and demanded repayment. See what happened.

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Retroactive Restoration and the TSP Account

A VA employee ordered retroactively restored when his removal was cancelled by the MSPB argues with the agency’s handling of his account with the Thrift Savings Plan.

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He Said, They Said

An instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), fired as the result of allegations he fraternized with female students, tried unsuccessfully to argue that poor witness credibility decisions amounted to error on the part of the review board that has upheld his removal.

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Federal District Court Orders Discovery Against White House Agency in a FOIA Case

The district court has ordered discovery in another Freedom of Information Act case where the actions of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, part of the White House, in responding to a document request are characterized by the court as “inconsistent” and a “rare case where discovery is warranted.”

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Federal Law Enforcement Position + Felony Conviction = Mandatory Removal

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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Job Reassignment Standards Continue to Concern Federal Employees

Some recent court cases highlight the challenges and complexities federal employees can encounter when it comes to job reassignments.

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Air Force Loses Round on Military Service Discrimination Claim

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

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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