Debra D’Agostino

  • Did this EPA tweet violate Hatch Act? OSC says it’ll investigate

    The Office of Special Counsel is investigating whether the Environmental Protection Agency violated the Hatch Act over a politically charged tweet sent last month.

  • Employment attorneys see more proposed firings, fewer settlements under VA Accountability Act

    The Veterans Affairs Department recently clarified its disciplinary data, which the department posts publicly on its website every two weeks.

  • MSPB has never been without a quorum for this long

    Mark Robbins, the lone member and chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, has personally voted on 750 petitions for review since the agency lost its second member last January. Robbins’ term expires in March.

  • Recent court decision reminds agencies they can put indicted employees on indefinite suspension

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a decision from the Merit Systems Protection Board, which said the Veterans Affairs Department could put one of its indicted employees could be put on indefinite suspension.

  • What VA’s now public adverse action reports don’t say about employee accountability

    According to the Veterans Affairs Department’s new reports detailing all major disciplinary actions for its workers, VA is on track to fire fewer people in 2017 than it has during the past six fiscal years. Federal employment experts say the new adverse action reports lack some significant details about VA’s efforts to improve accountability and transparency.

  • Debra D’Agostino: Rights for whistleblowers in intelligence community

    How do agency executives sort out public-spirited whistleblowers from mean-spirited leakers? And what rights do whistleblowers in the ultra-sensitive intelligence community have? To provide answers, Debra D’Agostino, founding partner of the Federal Practice Group, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • To federal employees: Know your rights!

    Debra D’Agostino, a founding partner with the Federal Practice Group, outlines five rights federal employees should keep in mind as they are doing their job.

  • MSPB will have 1 voting member in March. What happens next?

    Unless President-elect Donald Trump appoints two new members quickly, the Merit Systems Protection Board will likely have one voting member come March 1, when Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann’s term expires. But the upcoming seat-changes have federal employment experts wondering whether this is the beginning of the end for MSPB.

  • OSC whistleblower cases hit record highs in 2015

    More federal employees turned to the Office of Special Counsel with prohibited personnel practice or whistleblower complaints in 2015, and the agency resolved more cases than any other year in its history.

  • DoJ says key VA Choice provision for SES appeals is unconstitutional

    The Justice Department says a specific provision in the Veterans Choice Act, which ultimately renders that the disciplinary decision from administration MSPB judge is final for certain senior executives, violates a clause in the Constitution. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says Justice will continue to uphold vast majority of the Choice Act.