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Terms You Should Understand For Your Federal Employment

As a federal employee, you may find yourself facing complex legal matters related to your employment.

It’s essential that you understand the terms used in the federal workplace, so here is a breakdown of some of the most common terms and their definitions.

Federal Employment

This term refers to employment with any branch or agency of the United States government, including any department at the federal level. These jobs can be either full-time or part-time and come with different levels of pay and benefits.

Performance Actions

Performance actions are actions taken by an employer against an employee for poor performance or failure to meet job expectations. These actions can include warnings, reassignment, demotions, and even termination.

Learn more about performance actions by reading our blog.

Conduct Investigation

A conduct investigation is an internal process conducted by a federal agency to determine whether an employee has violated any laws, rules, regulations, policies, or procedures while on duty or on federal property or even off duty. The purpose of this investigation is not only to determine whether disciplinary action needs to be taken but also to identify areas where improvements need to be made in order for future employees to avoid similar situations.


Whistleblowing is the act of disclosing to a person with the authority to correct the matter, including the wrongdoer, what you reasonably believe to constitute a violation of law, rule regulation, gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or substantial and specific safety violation within your federal agency. Due to the severity of whistleblowing’s consequences, the federal government created the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act to protect federal whistleblowers and promote reporting wrongdoing or illegal activities in the federal workplace.

Defend Your Rights & Your Career

Finding an experienced firm that specializes in federal employment matters is important when dealing with any of these issues; they will work to ensure that your rights are being upheld throughout all proceedings and advocate for your rights as you navigate your case. At The Law Firm of John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorneys at Law, PLLC, our top-rated, award-winning attorneys understand how crucial it is to fight for our clients and seek their best possible outcome.

Get started with your federal employment case and schedule a consultation with a member of our award-winning firm by calling us at (202) 350-3881 or by filling out our online contact form.