• White House Holds AI Summit

    White House Holds AI Summit

    At a summit hosted on Monday, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy gathered tech leaders from across the federal government to learn about current uses of artificial intelligence (AI) and discuss the technology’s future. The event focused on how the federal government invests in research and development, collects and provides vast data resources, and regulates the new technology.

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Army Settles Whistleblower Reprisal Case after OSC Investigation

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After a U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) investigation, the Army recently settled a whistleblower retaliation claim filed by an Army civilian infection control analyst at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Board Grants Jurisdiction but Dismisses Appeal of 2009 Removal

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A former federal employee’s confusion over what he was contesting in a disability retirement appeal did not entitle him to a finding of good cause for the lengthy delay in filing an appeal of his removal.

Claims Court Dismisses Secret Service Scheduling Complaint

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On March 17, 2016, the United States Court of Federal Claims dismissed, in part, a complaint brought by current and former Physical Security Specialists employed by the United States Secret Service, who claimed that the agency engaged in unlawful scheduling and recordkeeping practices in order to deny overtime pay.

Federal Circuit Differentiates Between 2 Types of Reprisal

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A Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation employee filed a Step 1 grievance with the Agency after being issued a Letter of Warning regarding comments he allegedly made that potentially violated the agency’s anti-harassment policy.

Fifth Circuit: Protection Not Available for Disclosures of Purely Private Wrongdoing

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An International Examiner at the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) received a proposed removal on September 2010 and was removed in November 2010. In 2013, the employee filed an individual right of action (“IRA”) appeal with the Merit Systems Protection Board (“MSPB”), citing his Office of Special Counsel (“OSC”) complaint claiming that he had been retaliated against after making protected whistleblower disclosures to his supervisor and the Commissioner of the IRS in February 2010 regarding an alleged $500 million tax fraud perpetrated by ExxonMobil.

GAO Declines Reconsideration of Disposable Utensil Purchase Ban

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In 2013, the Department of Commerce informed the National Weather Service Employee Organization (“NWSEO” or “union”) that it would no longer provide eating utensils to workers due to a lack of funds, despite a September 2009 memorandum of understanding pledging the purchase of said utensils.

Marijuana Still a Firing Offense for Feds

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The full Merit Systems Protection Board disagreed with an MSPB administrative judge regarding the reasonableness of the penalty of removal after an employee admitted to using marijuana.

MSPB Clarifies Constructive Suspension Jurisdiction

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The Merit Systems Protection Board vacated an administrative judge’s dismissal of a constructive suspension case after finding that the employee nonfrivolously alleged that she lacked a meaningful choice of whether to go to work against her doctor’s orders.

MSPB Clarifies Lack of Candor Charges

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A Veterans Affairs police officer was charged with lack of candor, among other charges and specifications, and although the Board sustained the employee’s removal, it reversed the charge of Lack of Candor, clarifying the law in the process.

MSPB Clarifies Law on Preappointment Reason for Termination

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The Merit Systems Protection Board reversed the termination of a Department of Veterans Affairs employee who was terminated after the Agency discovered that a current probation agreement bound the employee to inform prospective employers of his status and prohibited the use of computers with online services and the use of data encryption.

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