Court Cases

Breach in the Settlement Agreement

The Postal Service reached a settlement with an employee being demoted. The former postmaster was to apply for disability retirement and the agency was to cooperate and facilitate his application. A federal court says the agency did not live up to its end of the bargain and send the case back to the MSPB.

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"FedRent" Program Nabs SSA Employee

May 11, 2007 7:29 AM

Most readers are probably not aware of the “FedRent” initiative but the program has snared an employee of SSA who has now been indicted for mail fraud by allegedly devising a plan to illegally receive funds from HUD.

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Who Will Get the Retirement Annuity?

April 10, 2007 8:56 AM

What will happen to a federal employee’s annuity in the event of a divorce? The answer is not always clear–even after a decision from OPM and the MSPB as demonstrated by this case.

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Cash Advances and Government Travel Card Lead to Suspension

March 28, 2007 8:27 AM

The Board continues to be divided on the issue of government travel cards and disciplinary action. In a case involving allegations of misuse of a government travel, a majority concludes (with three written opinions) that some of the charges were not justified but that a suspension of the employee is appropriate.

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Attempt Fails to Expand Emergency Crime Provision

March 27, 2007 7:55 AM

An employee supported by AFGE tried to expand the emergency crime provision by arguing that in addition to giving him thirty-days notice of its proposed action, the agency also was required to determine that there was reasonable cause to believe he had committed a crime. The court did not agree.

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Customs vs. the City Councilman

March 14, 2007 7:40 AM

A Customs and Border Protection Officer who has been on the city council for a Texas town was told by the agency to resign his seat because of an apparent conflict of interest. The employee went to court and district court has issued a preliminary injunction in his favor.

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Have You Failed to Pay Your Debts? It Could Cost You Your Federal Job

March 8, 2007 7:53 AM

A federal employee who owed more than $50,000 was fired by the Army. One Board member did not think this was a serious problem under the circumstances and would give him another chance. Unfortunately for the employee, the other two members did not see the case in the same way.

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Two Years of Back Pay and Now Confusion in Security Clearance Suspensions

How much information is enough to meet the due process requirement when taking an adverse action against a federal employee based on the suspension of the clearance? A new decision may create problems for agencies–and a possible trip to the US Supreme Court before the issue is finalized.

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The Office of Government Ethics and the FLRA: How One Agency Got Another to Do the Right Thing

February 25, 2007 9:42 PM

The author explains how a small federal agency decided to take a stand to ensure that its regulations were not modified through the collective bargaining process and suggests that other agencies that issue government wide regulations should take similar action.

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Lying Didn’t Work Before–Perhaps It Will Work Better the 2nd Time

January 21, 2007 4:37 PM

An employee being fired for submitting false information apparently sent in more false information when responding to the proposed removal.

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