The disciplinary process in federal human resources is often long and complex. A recent case took a simpler approach.
The MSPB appears to have thrown a seminal decision into doubt in second guessing a deciding official who had considered the “Douglas Factors”.
The 12 factors enumerated by the new MSPB in “Curtis Douglas, et. al. v Veterans Administration, et. al.” changed the way we administer discipline in the Federal sector. It’s time to consider limiting them to 10 factors.
For three decades, federal HR has been working with the 12 “factors” from an MSPB decision. However, much has changed since then.