The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently fighting to protect civil service and federal agents from firing procedures as expedited as that which FBI Director James Comey faced in recent news. Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit seemingly sided with the VA after it re-granted VA senior executives the […]
Nextgov – a popular online news source that covers the latest in technology, politics, and how the two interact – recently published an article that featured Attorney Debra D’Agostino of The Federal Practice Group. The article discussed a recent scandal in which the Department of Homeland Security demanded Twitter surrender private information about an anonymous user that openly […]
When a federal agency has to conduct a reduction-in-force (RIF), it is usually seen as an absolute last resort to save the agency itself. Does this option sit in the back of the queue due to laws and regulations against RIFs in general, though? Or, are there other reasons why an agency might not want […]
Heather White, a Partner at the Federal Practice Group, recently had an article published by Government Executive, a leading national publication for federal employees. Her article – Preparing for a Reduction in Force at Your Agency – was published on March 29, 2017. You can view the full article here. Ms. White’s article is prefaced by the threat of […]
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Civil servants have a longstanding practice of “pleading the fifth” when asked to testify over alleged misconduct. This certainly was the case this week, when Veterans Affairs senior officials Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens were subpoenaed to appear before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee to answer to accusations that they abused their positions to gain […]
In United States v. Ali, Crim. App. No. 20080559, (2012), a civilian contractor accompanying the U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq was court-martialed for wrongful appropriation, wrongfully endeavoring to impede an investigation, and other violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (Articles 107, 121, and 134). At trial level, Ali filed a motion to dismiss arguing that […]
Recently, yet another Servicemember has been questioned by an Investigating Officer regarding alleged inappropriate conduct. The Investigating Officer had questions for a Fort Bragg Battalion Commander, as reported here, who was subsequently relieved. Other Investigating Officers had questions for General Officers, as reported here, or here. When an Investigating Officer (IO) wants to talk to you consider the […]