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News from the Federal Circuit: Court Retains Jurisdiction for Settlement Breach

News from the Federal Circuit: In Cunningham v. United States, No. 2013-5055 (4/9/14), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the Court of Federal Claims had jurisdiction over breach of a settlement agreement claims, and can award money damages to the claimant, despite other avenues for redress of the breach.

Developments at the MSPB: Proposed Rule on Jurisdiction

Developments at the MSPB:  On April 3, 2014, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register (79 Fed.Reg. 18,658-18,661).  This proposed rulemaking affects the MSPB's jurisdictional standards in the major categories of appeals within the MSPB's jurisdiction.  Comments on the proposed rulemaking are due by May 5, 2014. 

News from the Supreme Court: Denial of MSPB Appeal Rights Stands!

News from the Supreme Court: On March 31, 2014, the Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of Northover v. Archuleta.  This decision ends the appeal process for the Conyers/Northover cases, which Passman & Kaplan previously analyzed in this blog and in its Federal Legal Corner.

Developments at the EEOC: EEOC Proposes Revisions to MD-110

Developments at the EEOC:  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)  announced that it is seeking public comment on revisions to Management Directive 110 (MD-110), which  governs the processing of federal sector EEO complaints along with 29 C.F.R. Part 1614. The EEOC's revised draft MD-110 is available through regulations.gov.  Interested parties may submit their comments on the proposed revisions via regulations.gov by April 25, 2014.

News from the Whitehouse: Unemployment, Debt & the Federal Workforce

News from the Whitehouse:  On January 31, 2014, President Obama issued a new presidential memorandum, "Enhancing Safeguards to Prevent the Undue Denial of Federal Employment Opportunities to the Unemployed and Those Facing Financial Difficulty Through No Fault of Their Own."  This presidential memorandum highlighted several issues concerning how unemployment and financial distress can impact federal employment.

Developments at the EEOC: New EEOC-OSC Memorandum of Understanding

Developments at the EEOC:  On January 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it had entered into a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC).  This new MOU carries the potential to see OSC pursuing disciplinary actions against federal managers found to have engaged in workplace discrimination. 

Developments at OPM: Proposed Rule For Career Status

Developments at OPM: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) published a Proposed Rule in the January 6, 2014, edition of the Federal Register (79 Fed.Reg. 610-613) which proposes to ease the rules for federal employees to reach 'career' status. Comments on this Proposed Rule must be received by OPM by March 7, 2014.

Developments at the OSC: Investigative Report on Scott Bloch

Developments at the OSC:  On December 18, 2013, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) publicly released the report of investigation into various allegations of misconduct against former Special Counsel Scott Bloch.  The investigation was conducted by the Inspector General for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM/OIG), due to obvious conflict of interest issues  at the OSC.  OPM/OIG had held completion of this report at the request of the U.S. Attorney's Office, pending resolution of the criminal charges against Mr. Bloch, who was only sentenced in July 2013. Mr. Bloch left office in October 2008. 

Developments at the EEOC: FY 2013 Performance & Accountability Report

Developments at the EEOC: On December 16, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its Performance and Accountability Report for FY 2013. The report is available online here.

News from the Courts: 9th Circuit Breaks With the Federal Circuit in Whistleblower Cases

News from the Courts:  On December 9, 2013, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued its decision in Kerr v. Salazar, No. 12-35084.  The 9th Circuit took a strong position in opposition to the Federal Circuit's pre-2012 decisions restricting the definition of protected whistleblowing.

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