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  • What to Do After Receiving Proposed Disciplinary Action

    If you are a federal employee who has been subject to investigation and have received a proposed disciplinary action, our DC federal employment attorneys of John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorney at Law want to help you respond. This is a critical circumstance, and it is essential you plan your next few steps accordingly. As a federal employee in this particular situation, you may be facing demotion, ...
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  • What is Whistleblowing?

    If you are a federal employee , it makes sense you would one day come across a situation in which you believe illegal activity is occurring--whether it be a waste of funds, abuse of authority, mismanagement, threat to public health and safety, etc. In such scenarios, it would be best for you to report anything you see in the name of upholding your moral code and keeping people responsible.This is ...
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  • What Do I Need to Know Before I File My USERRA Claim?

    The goal of USERRA is to protect uniformed service members from their prior employers by eliminating any related job risks. After deployment, members of the U.S. uniformed services are entitled to return to their jobs. While this law is commonly known, you should still be aware that it does not protect you from job misconduct and does not cover all disputes that might arise with an employer. You ...
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  • How Do I File an MSPB Appeal?

    To file an MSPB appeal, you’ll need to visit the e-appeal online website and use the interactive application. The website provides information regarding how to properly complete your application and can help walk you through your claim. There is also an appeal form you can download if you prefer to complete a paper application instead. Your application can be submitted by mail, fax, or delivery. ...
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  • The Federal Sector EEO Complaint Process

    Federal agencies are forbidden from discriminating in their hiring processes based on things like race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, and a number of other factors thanks to Equal Employment Opportunity legislation (EEO). While this has been the law for quite some time, there are still instances in which this discrimination occurs. If you feel as though you have been the ...
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  • Employment Mistakes to Avoid

    No matter how large or small your business is, you are bound by state and federal hiring laws. Deciphering these laws can be tricky, but noncompliance can be costly. You may find yourself facing large fines and other punishments for a simple mistake. Here are some common areas where employers make mistakes that can cost them. Application Forms Employment application forms are useful to employers ...
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  • How to File an OSC Complaint

    The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) handles complaints made by federal employees against federal agencies or supervisors regarding prohibited personal practices and violations of the Hatch Act. These complaints frequently involve retaliatory action against whistleblowers. They may also involve complaints against employees holding specific government positions that are forbidden from engaging in ...
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  • Federal Performance Improvement Plans

    Federal employees are evaluated by supervisors every year, which are important to the employee’s career. If you hear you’re being considered for a performance employment plan, you should be wary: these are not always what they seem. Performance improvement plans are built as your federal agency giving you a chance to improve and grow in your position to help you succeed at your job. However, in ...
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  • Why Was My Security Clearance Denied?

    Security clearance grants individuals access to classified national security information. Whether you are a federal employee or a private contractor, your ability to keep your job may depend on achieving security clearance. The process to receive security clearance often involves a background check and application. However, there are many factors that may cause your clearance to be denied. If your ...
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  • Common Types of Federal Employment Investigations

    Federal employment investigations are conducted by federal agencies to determine if disciplinary or adverse actions are necessary. If you are under investigation, you must cooperate and provide any information that is required. You should also obtain experienced legal assistance, as the security of your job could be at stake. Our federal employment attorney in D.C. has guided hundreds of clients ...
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  • Serious Mistakes You Must Avoid in Your Whistleblower Case

    Federal employees often find themselves directly or indirectly managing sensitive information, documentation, or funding. When something goes awry or another government agent knowing misuses, exposes, or destroys such information, it is the duty of every other employee to let that misconduct be known. This is known as becoming a whistleblower, or starting a federal whistleblower case , and will ...
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  • What is a Congressional Conduct Investigation?

    Congress has immense legislative powers and thorough control over how politicians and federal government employees behave professionally. Although there is nothing within the Constitution of the United States that explicitly gives Congress the ability to investigate potential wrongdoings, it possesses this ability all the same due to its inherent purpose. When Congress decides to look into ...
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  • MSPB Report Discusses Nepotism in the Federal Civil Service

    A recent report from the United States Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has issued information about the prohibitions pertaining to nepotism in the Federal civil service. There are a number of statutes prohibiting an employee from helping relatives obtain employment in the civil service. These include: 18 U.S.C. § 208 - Prohibitions 5 U.S.C. § 2302(b)(7) – Governs the federal civil service 5 ...
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  • EEOC Has Issued Regulations for Those with Disabilities

    One of the primary priorities of the federal government is increasing employment rates for individuals who suffer from disabilities, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). As a result, the EEOC has implemented a new rule that sets forth § 501 of the Rehabilitation Act. Federal agencies have been given regulations that explain what they must do to comply with their ...
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  • MSPB Chairman Believes More Gov't Training Needed to Uphold MSPs

    The United States Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) is tasked with ensuring federal employments, government agents, and civil servants both understand and adhere to their duties, responsibilities, and ethical guidelines. Within its codes, the MSPB has established nine Merit System Principles (MSP) that an agent should always follow, and thirteen Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPP) that should ...
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