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November 2013 Archives

A genuine issue of material fact

Summary judgment is one of the most powerful tools in procedural legal process. The concept may sound rather foreign, but it is straightforward. A court is authorized to grant a "summary judgment" when the party bringing the case fails to alleged a genuine issue of a material fact.

Just what is a non-frivolous allegation?

In all types of litigation, there words that have a special meaning and they are called terms of art. This can be very important if your employment is controlled by a contract, or by other special rules, such as those that govern employees of the federal government. If you have a problem with your agency, and are subjected to some form of discipline, your ability to contest that adverse job action will depend on how well you understand the practice and procedure of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

Security clearance bill would add random searches of feds

In the last year, there were two damaging incidents involving federal workers and security breaches. The leaks from Edward Snowden, who was a contractor with the NSA, continue to have repercussions for the U.S. government across the world. The second breach involved the Washington Navy Yard shootings by a contractor who had access to the facility.

Whistleblowers alleged overtime abuse in DHS

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility in Laredo, Texas, was one five locations nationwide where whistleblowers raised allegations that overtime policies were being abused and that a "gross waste" of funds was being permitted. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) reported that these abuses were costing taxpayers $8.7 million every year.

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