Tag: MSPB

No Quorum Means No Movement on MSPB Appeals

By on September 7, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
No Quorum Means No Movement on MSPB Appeals

The lack of a quorum at the MSPB means the agency cannot issue any new decisions, likely leading to a backlog of appeals.

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A Federal Internship Does Not Guarantee a Permanent Position

By on August 14, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
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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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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Congress Passes VA Accountability Bill

By on June 13, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Congress Passes VA Accountability Bill

The VA Accountability Bill has passed Congress. It will change human resources processes for taking action against agency employees.

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Everything You Ever Wanted Know About the Merit Systems Protection Board

Everything You Ever Wanted Know About the Merit Systems Protection Board

The author provides an overview of the MSPB, its mission, and how federal employees go about filing appeals.

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Does the VA Accountability Bill Get Rid of the MSPB?

By on June 1, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Does the VA Accountability Bill Get Rid of the MSPB?

Congress is considering legislation to allow the VA secretary greater leeway in removing employees for performance reasons. Secretary David Shulkin provided a response to a direct question asking if the bill would mean elimination of the MSPB.

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Whistleblower Blows Whistle at Office of Special Counsel

By on May 29, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Whistleblower Blows Whistle at Office of Special Counsel

A complaint has been filed and a hearing scheduled for a complaint against senior officials of the Office of Special Counsel, the agency that normally investigates and prosecutes these cases.

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