SARAH MCKININ, A SENIOR ASSOCIATE AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, LEAVES TO BECOME AN EEOC ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE

The Federal Practice Group wishes Senior Associate Sarah McKinin nothing but the best in the next stage of her career as an Administrative Judge for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Washington Field Office. As an Administrative Judge, Ms. McKinin will independently decide federal employees’ complaints of discrimination and retaliation against their agencies. After five […]

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ERIC MONTALVO, FOUNDING PARTNER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH THE NEW YORK TIMES ON FEDERAL CONTRACTS

An Arms Dealer, an Ex-N.F.L. Player and Huge Federal Contracts for Medical Gowns The Trump administration awarded hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of urgent work to small companies with scant experience. A sample of a gown made for the federal government, as seen in a YouTube video posted by a former N.F.L. player. Credit: […]

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HEATHER WHITE, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, DISCUSSES THE PREGNANT WORKERS FAIRNESS ACT WITH FEDERAL NEWS NETWORK

House passed bill would require better pregnancy accommodations September 29, 2020 12:39 pm  Best listening experience is on Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Subscribe to Federal Drive’s daily audio interviews on Apple Podcasts or PodcastOne. While the nation argues about racial discrimination, another group continues to suffer the slings and arrows of unequal treatment. Namely, pregnant women in the […]

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HEATHER WHITE, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, DISCUSSES THE PREGNANT WORKERS FAIRNESS ACT WITH FEDERAL TIMES

How new pregnancy accommodation legislation could impact feds Jessie Bur Pregnant and post-natal feds could get a stronger guarantee of medical accommodations under legislation that recently passed the House. (Jamie Grill/Getty Images) Legislation designed to ensure accommodations for pregnant and post-natal workers passed the House with broad bipartisan support Sept. 17, and federal employees may […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE ABOUT BANNNING DIVERSITY TRAINING

Evan Vucci / AP White House Expands Crackdown on Certain Diversity and Inclusion Training President Trump signed an executive order that covers federal agencies, contractors, grantees and the military. September 23, 2020 04:14 PM ET President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday evening that extends his crackdown on certain employee diversity and inclusion training […]

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SARAH MCKININ, A SENIOR ASSOCIATE AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, PENS A COLUMN FOR GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE ABOUT THE Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Is Good News for Feds The bill would ensure that an employee no longer has to choose between a healthy pregnancy and her career. In a rare bipartisan move, the House this week passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2694), which seeks to make it easier for women to […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE ABOUT SAFETY OF AGENCY REOPENINGS

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., contacted IG offices to ask about their plans. TOM WILLIAMS/POOL VIA AP House Democrat Seeks to Hold IGs Accountable for Reviewing Agencies’ Reopenings Most of the watchdog offices contacted by Rep. Connolly plan to conduct some form of review SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 03:36 PM ET   A House Democrat launched a tracker on Wednesday […]

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DEBRA D’AGOSTINO, FOUNDING PARTNER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH WASHINGTON EXAMINER ABOUT DHS WHISTLEBLOWER ALLEGATION

 Top Trump officials charge Democrats behind DHS whistleblower allegation September 09, 2020 05:29 PM Two senior Trump administration officials suspect Democrats are the hidden hand behind a Department of Homeland Security official’s claim that agency leaders manipulated internal intelligence reports to match up with false statements President Trump made about antifa and anarchists. Brian Murphy, […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE ABOUT THE SLASHING OF DIVERSITY TRAINING

White House Moves to Slash Funding for Diversity Training at Agencies Citing unnamed “press reports,” OMB said some training conducted by agencies is “un-American” and sows division in the federal workforce.| September 8, 2020 The Trump administration last week called on agencies to excise some forms of diversity and inclusion training from their workforce training […]

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DEBRA D’AGOSTINO, FOUNDING PARTNER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, GIVES HER OPINION TO WASHINGTON EXAMINER INVOLVING HATCH ACT AND ACTING HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY CHAD WOLF

White House: Trump naturalization ceremony an official event “campaign decided to use” The White House defended its decision to hold a naturalization ceremony with President Trump amid the Republican National Convention Tuesday night as an “official” event that the Republican National Committee decided to pick up. “The President held a naturalization ceremony which was an […]

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