In today’s Federal Newscast, a federal court rules against an employee appealing his removal when he failed a drug test, after he says he accidentally ate a pot brownie.
Appeals court says the Army acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it decided to pay contractors to build a new intelligence IT system, rather than buying a commercially-available one.
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.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld an appeal from Sharon Helman, the former director of the beleaguered Veterans Affairs medical center in Phoenix, Arizona, who was fired in 2014. The court said a key provision that lets VA more quickly fire and discipline senior executives is unconstitutional. The Merit Systems Protection Board will review the original decision an administrative judge made regarding Helman’s removal.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in October ordered Congress to pay six federal judges years of back pay.