The Federal Practice Group Blog

For the third straight year The Federal Practice Group will support Wreaths Across America. This year National Wreaths Across America Day will be celebrated on December 16, 2017 at over 1,200 locations. The Federal Practice Group will participate at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Nothing to celebrate” New efforts do nothing to fix mismanagement at the VA

Debra D'Agostino of The Federal Practice Group discusses how the latest efforts to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs simply are doing nothing to help its performance improve.

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Bergdahl’s bigger crime: Misbehavior before the enemy

Eric Montalvo and Carol Thompson of The Federal Practice Group break down Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s bigger crime: Misbehavior before the enemy for Military Times.

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Federal Employee Rights

Federal Employees: Know Your Rights! Federal employees do not relinquish their constitutional rights as a condition of employment with the federal government, and in fact, unlike private sector employees, have constitutionally protected property rights to their jobs. That being said, it is important for federal employees to understand when they are lawfully exercising their rights […]

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Trump nominees show up for work without waiting for Senate approval

Debra D'Agostino of The Federal Practice Group discusses the Federal Vacancies Reform Act with Politico's Andrew Restuccia.

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House Moves Bills Enhancing Whistleblower Protections

Joanna Friedman of The Federal Practice Group speaks with Charlie Clarke from Government Executive on the latest bill before Congress that will enhance Whistleblower protections.

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U.S. VETERANS: NATIONAL TREASURE OR LAB RATS?

Founding Partner Eric Montalvo of The Federal Practice Group was a panelist for a Hill Briefing on the topic of the FDA and Electroconvulsive Shock Therapy.

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A Detailed Look at the Federal EEO Complaint Process

Under the law, federal employees are protected from discrimination by the several federal laws, including Title VII, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The basic premise of these equal employment opportunity laws is that there should be a level playing field for all employees when it comes to hiring, promotion, firing, […]

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Protecting Intelligence Agency Whistleblowers

According to the Follow the Rules Act, which passed in the House of Representatives just this month, protections against retaliation will be expanded for whistleblowers that refuse to violate rules and regulations. However, this bill is noticeably missing the expansion of these protections to employees of national security or intelligence functions, such as the FBI, […]

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Washington Post Discusses VA Protections with Attorney D’Agostino

The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently fighting to protect civil service and federal agents from firing procedures as expedited as that which FBI Director James Comey faced in recent news. Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit seemingly sided with the VA after it re-granted VA senior executives the […]

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