ASTRID LOCKWOOD, A SENIOR ASSOCIATE AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, TALKS ABOUT POTENTIAL ICE RAIDS WITH COLORADO INDEPENENT

For Colorado immigrants, an extraordinary moment of dread and empowerment “This isn’t the first time we’ve had to deal with this kind of fear,” an attorney says. “But it does feel slightly different now.” July 17, 2019 Denver’s Yessenia Martinez crossed the border illegally 14 years ago. Her husband has been issued a deportation order. […]

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RICARDO J.A. PITTS-WILEY, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, APPEARS ON GOVERNMENT MATTERS TO DISCUSSS WHY THE PRESIDENT CANNOT BLOCK TWITTER USERS

Court rules the president cannot block Twitter users Published on July 16, 2019 Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, partner at the Federal Practice Group, details what the court ruling for the president’s Twitter account means for federal employees. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals found that President Trump cannot block Twitter users from his @realdonaldtrump account. While the […]

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DEBRA D’AGOSTINO, FOUNDING PARTNER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH THE WASHINGTON POST ON LATEST IN AFGE V. TRUMP

In win for Trump administration, appeals court stymies union challenge to civil service restrictions President Trump at the White House on Monday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) By Lisa Rein and Ann E. Marimow July 16 at 6:20 PM A federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday dealt a blow to labor unions representing federal workers in their […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, IS FEATURED IN AGRINEWS CONCERNING FEDERAL EMPLOYEES OFFERED THE CHOICE OF MOVE TO KC OR BE FIRED

A stark choice: Move to KC or be fired Updated Jul 16, 2019 WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department is offering employees a rare choice: accept a forced transfer to a post 1,000 miles away or be fired. The Trump administration’s plan to move two agencies from Washington D.C. to the Kansas City area includes a document […]

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DEBRA D’AGOSTINO, FOUNDING PARTNER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, PROVIDES FEDERAL TIMES WITH THOUGHTS ON LATEST IN AFGE V. TRUMP

Trump’s anti-union orders could be reinstated The appeals court ruling comes as a blow to federal employee unions, which will have to turn to other avenues to oppose provisions of President Donald Trump’s three May 2018 executive orders. (AVNphotolab) The provisions of three executive orders signed by President Donald Trump in May 2018 that target the […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, SPEAKS WITH GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE ON WHETHER HATCH ACT NEEDS TO BE UPDATED

Does the Hatch Act Need a Makeover for the Trump Era? By Charles S. Clark July 11, 2019 The Office of Special Counsel wants “to put a big roll of masking tape over my mouth!,” said Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, speaking to Fox News in June two weeks after that independent office recommended […]

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ISABEL COTTRELL , AN ASSOCIATE AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, AUTHORS A COLUMN FOR FEDSMITH ON LATEST HAPPENINGS AT ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL

Rough Time in Court for Architect of the Capitol July 10, 2019 It has been a rough past few weeks for the Architect of the Capitol, an agency in the legislative branch responsible for the maintenance of the Capitol and its grounds, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued two decisions sending […]

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DEBRA D’AGOSTINO, FOUNDING PARTNER OF THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, Writes About the Impact two recent Supreme Court cases have on federal agencies

  What Feds Should Know About Two Recent Supreme Court Rulings By Debra D’Agostino 11:26 AM ET In late June, the Supreme Court issued decisions in two cases concerning the limits of executive agencies’ authority. While the Court maintained the status quo for now, both cases demonstrate the Court’s willingness to chip away at long-standing […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, TALKS WITH THE WASHINGTON POST ABOUT THE RARITY OF DIRECTED REASSIGNMENTS AND THE USDA

These USDA employees face a stark choice: Move to Kansas City or be fired Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and President Trump speak during a signing ceremony for a farm bill. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Relocation could seriously disrupt the work of two agencies July 1 at 6:00 AM The Agriculture Department is offering employees a […]

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JOANNA FRIEDMAN, A PARTNER AT THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP, Talks “Adverse Action” and the USDA with The New Food Economy

  June 28th, 2019 “Everyone here is just so depressed”: USDA’s research employees have two weeks to decide whether to move to Kansas In the latest wrinkle, ERS employees who choose not to move will have “Adverse Action” placed on their records, marring future employment prospects. As the Department of Agriculture (USDA) plows forward with […]

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