DEBRA D’AGOSTINO, FOUNDING PARTNER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, TALKS WHISTLEBLOWER REFORM WITH TOM TEMIN OF FEDERAL NEWS RADIO

CONGRESS Congress again ponders the next round of whistleblower reform May 27, 2021 11:21 am 8 min read        Best listening experience is on Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Subscribe to Federal Drive’s daily audio interviews on Apple Podcasts or PodcastOne. A bill from the House Oversight and Reform Committee would fix what members see as holes in the legal […]

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Jason Moy, A SENIOR ASSOCIATE AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, DISCUSSES CHANGES IN THE BUY AMERICAN ACT

Proposed changes to the Buy American Act in Executive Order 14005 By Jason Moy Senior Associate Federal Practice Group On January 25, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order which aims to impose more stringent restrictions on federal procurement by tightening the enforcement of the Buy American Act (BAA). Within 180 days, the Federal […]

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ALYSA WILLIAMS, AN ASSOCIATE AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, DISCUSSES OPM’s New Guidance on COVID-19 Leave

What Federal Employees Should Know About OPM’s New Guidance on COVID-19 Leave The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released new guidance concerning the emergency paid leave program for federal employees included in the American Rescue Plan, which created a $570 million fund administered by OPM to pay for leave related to COVID-19. This guidance […]

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CAROL THOMPSON, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, AND DANIEL POPE, AN ASSOCIATE AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, PENNED A BLOG FOR LAW360 ON NEED FOR IG REFORM

When the Watchdogs Need Guard Dogs, IG Reform is Urgently Needed In response to President Trump’s so-called Friday night massacres of several IGs, and other problems with OIGs the Trump Administration brought to light, legislation aimed at reforming OIGs has been compiled into the Inspector General Independence and Empowerment Act, which members of the House […]

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Jason Moy, A SENIOR ASSOCIATE AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, DISCUSSES WHEN TO PETITION OR NOT TO PETITION A DISCHARGE REVIEW BOARD

To Petition or Not to Petition a Discharge Review Board; the Reading Room has Answers You may be wondering if it is worth the time or expense to try to petition a Discharge Review Board to upgrade your discharge, get a better characterization of service, improve your re-enlistment (RE) code, or change the narrative summary […]

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VICTORIA EATHERTON, AN ASSOCIATE AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, EXPLAINS WHAT FEDERAL EMPLOYEES SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE UPCOMING CONTINUOUS VETTING PROGRAM

Agencies Must Enroll Security Clearance Holders in Continuous Vetting Programs As part of the federal government’s ongoing initiative to modernize the security clearance process, all federal agencies must enroll the remainder of their employees and contractors holding security clearance in the new continuous vetting program by the end of September 2021. The initiative, known as […]

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CAROL THOMPSON, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, TALKS LEGALITIES OF HHHS NO-BID CONTRACT AWARD WITH WASHINGTON EXAMINER

HHS awarded group with Biden ties $530M no-bid contract to house migrant children April 13, 2021 10:49 PM An organization with ties to the Biden administration was awarded a $530 million no-bid federal contract to care for unaccompanied migrant children after they have come across the southern border, a person familiar with the contract confirmed […]

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DEBRA D’AGOSTINO, FOUNDING PARTNER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH TASK & PURPOSE ON UPDATE OF ONE OF HER CLIENTS

An Air Guard colonel was allowed to quietly retire while his unit was investigated for sexual misconduct “They were like, ‘rape her!’ and people started laughing.”  APRIL 12, 2021 A colonel in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard will retire despite the unit he commanded being investigated for sexual harassment claims that were revealed last summer […]

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DEBRA D’AGOSTINO, FOUNDING PARTNER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, PENS A COLUMN ON WAIVERS AND NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS FOR GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE

Management What Feds Should Know About Waivers, Non-Disclosure and Non-Disparagement Agreements Most federal agencies have standard terms for resolving claims of discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, MSPB appeals, or other administrative claims. Debra D’Agostino | APRIL 8, 2021 03:16 PM ET  A federal judge ruled earlier this week that the non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements the 2016 Trump campaign […]

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CAROL THOMPSON, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, PROVIDES COMMENTARY ON GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING FOR WASHINGTON EXAMINER

EXCLUSIVE: ICE gave $87M no-bid contract to business with Biden ties, raising conflict of interest questions

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