Federal agencies can indefinitely suspend an employee they believe was involved in a crime, even before the person is found guilty – so long as the person in question has been indicted by a grand jury.
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Congress has returned to Washington to finish out the lame-duck session, with the deadline for lawmakers’ top priority fast approaching.
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.
Last year, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) processed 28,509 cases – a record high for the board that hears the adverse action appeals of federal agencies against their employees.
On June 17, 2016, the Merit Systems Protection Board held that an appellant’s testimony during an Administrative Investigation Board (“AIB”) investigation is not protected activity under 5 U.S.C. § 2302(b)(9)(B), which protects agency employees that testify or lawfully assist individuals in the exercise of appeal, complaint, or grievance rights.
In a speech given yesterday in Virginia Beach, VA, the Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump outlined his plan to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, noting it would be one of his “many and highest priorities.”
Following a recent high-profile, highly-charged scandal in which he is accused of improperly using taxpayer funds for non-official travel, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin had surprisingly terse words for his critics this week.