• White House Updates AI Strategy

    White House Updates AI Strategy

    The White House has updated the National AI Research and Development Strategic Plan to emphasize partnerships between the public and private sector. The National Plan was released in February to serve as a national roadmap for handling the research and development of artificial intelligence (AI). The update encourages agencies to expand public-private partnerships to advance AI.

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9th Circuit Adopts Federal Circuit Holdings in Whistleblower Appeal

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals adopted the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals’ holdings with regard to the test of whether an agency has carried its burden to prove whether the agency would have taken the same personnel action against an employee irrespective of the employee’s protected disclosures, and with regard to whether an employee may be disciplined for the manner in which he or she communicates a protected disclosure.

Court of Appeals Reverses Dismissal of Whistleblower Case by MSPB

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the MSPB’s dismissal of a Department of Homeland Security employee’s Individual Right of Action (“IRA”) whistleblower retaliation appeal.

Federal Circuit: Employees Under Investigation Can Still Be Comparator Employees

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned an arbitrator’s decision sustaining the employee’s removal for violating the agency’s time and attendance policies after finding that the arbitrator erred by imposing a “categorical rule of exclusion” against using employees who are similarly situated and under investigation as comparators when arguing that a penalty is not reasonable.

Federal Circuit: No Harmful Error in Drug Testing Case

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After the Department of the Navy drug-tested him following a crane accident, a Rigger Supervisor with the Department of the Navy argued that his subsequent removal for illegal drug use violated due process because the Agency did not follow its own regulation and provide him advance written notice of the purpose of the drug test.

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