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April 2019 Archives

Did it just get harder to get a federal job?

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently pushed for an expansion of the questions used to determine an applicant's criminal background used on employment application forms. The agency's proposal calls for applications to include questions about convictions through alternative programs that may have resulted in an expunged record.

Merit Systems Protection Board appeals backlogged by two years

The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has lacked a quorum since January 2017. This means federal employees who wish to challenge the administrative judge’s ruling on their case are left in limbo. The review cannot move forward until there is a quorum.

Research contractor for DOD wins retaliation lawsuit

A female employee recently accused a federal contractor with the Department of Defense (DOD) out of Texas, Southwest Research (SwRI), of sex discrimination. Shortly after the accusations, the contractor fired the employee. This resulted in accusations of retaliation.

Government contractor fired and charged with theft

The government has accused a former United States Navy lieutenant turned National Security Agency contractor of stealing classified documents. The accused agreed to a plea deal. The plea deal involved an admission of guilt for one charge, willful retention of national defense information. In exchange for the plea, the prosecution is expected to dismiss another 19 criminal charges of a similar nature.

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