RICARDO J.A. PITTS-WILEY, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, APPEARS ON GOVERNMENT MATTERS TO Discuss the latest at OPM

Threat of furloughs & layoffs looms at OPM Published on June 20, 2019 Ricardo J.A. Pitts-Wiley, partner at the Federal Practice Group, discusses the possibility of furloughs at the Office of Personnel Management, and how they are being used as “a weapon.” The Office of Personnel Management is at a major crossroads. Acting OPM Director […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, Joins Federal Drive to talk Kellyanne Conway

What’s the Hatch Act and why is Special Counsel concerned Conway violated it? June 17, 2019 10:45 am The Office of Special Counsel surprised the federal community with last week’s recommendation that White House aide Kellyanne Conway get canned. OSC found her to be a serial breaker of the Hatch Act, a venerable law that […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, Speaks with FEDERAL DRIVE TO TAKELLYANNE CONWAY

Hatch Act isn’t just about campaign buttons June 14, 2019 3:57 pm 3 min read 23 Shares        Given its relatively small size, the Office of Special Counsel can be a mouse that roared. But in a first, OSC has recommended the firing of a political appointee over what it called repeated violations of the […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH Huffington Post on A Court Blocking Trump’s Bid To Weaken Unions

POLITICS 06/04/2019 05:45 am ET Updated Jun 04, 2019 A Court Blocked Trump’s Bid To Weaken Unions and The White House Found Another Way With a hand from political appointees, agencies are chipping away at federal union contracts at the bargaining table By Dave Jamieson President Donald Trump suffered a major legal setback last August […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH FEDERAL NEWS NETWORK ON THE lINGERING IMPACT OF TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS ON THE UNIONS

Despite court decision, unions still feel impacts of Trump’s workforce executive ordersMay 13, 2019 5:58 pm Soon after a federal district court overturned key provisions of the President’s three workforce executive orders last year, federal unions declared the court’s decision a win.The executive orders, which President Donald Trump signed last May, prompted agencies with soon-to-be […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH FEDERAL NEWS NETWORK ON THE IMPACT OF MSPB BUDGET CUTS

MSPB warns of longer appeals times, more workforce cuts under Trump’s proposed budget cut April 17, 2019 6:51 pm  The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has said the President’s proposed budget cut of 10% next year would have an “immediate and direct negative impact” on the agency’s operations. The White House 2020 budget request recommended […]

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Joanna Friedman, a partner at The Federal Practice Group, speaks with Federal News Network on the latest in agency-union negotiations

    Impasses panel rewrites HHS-NTEU bargaining agreement, sets stage for telework, leave changes April 8, 2019 6:31 pm After a series of lengthy negotiations and disagreements between the Department of Health and Human Services and its union, a labor-relations panel has largely rewritten more than a dozen collective bargaining proposals, which may set the stage for […]

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Debra D’Agostino, founding partner of The Federal Practice Group, speaks with Federal News Network about proposed employee rights for the Space Force

Smith, federal union pan Space Force for proposed employee rights March 26, 2019 4:24 pm   The Trump administration is getting pushback on its controversial proposal to build a new military service based on the space domain, but not for the reason most may think. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and the […]

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Ethical Considerations for Furloughed Employees

This blog was penned by Heather White, partner, and  Zachary Fischer, both federal employment attorneys at The Federal Practice Group.

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Debra D’Agostino, founding partner of The Federal Practice Group, was interviewed by The Gazette on Senate checks and balances

. Anti-Trump Secret Service Agent Leaving With Pay, Pension By Susan Crabtree March 01, 2019 AP Photo/Andrew Harnik As an employee in her first few years at the GS15 paygrade, O’Grady likely made between $105,000 and $120,000 annually, before any overtime, according to federal pay scales. Although she was knocked down to a GS13, putting […]

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