August 21, 2013
OUR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT:Court ruling leaves many federal workers 'defenseless' and without appeal rights (Joe Davidson, Wednesday, August 21, 2013, Washington Post)
Generally there are laws to protect federal workers against arbitrary dismissals and other actions. But under this ruling, if an agency "says the worker is 'ineligible for a sensitive job,' all those rights turn into a soap bubble," said Tom Devine, legal director of the nonprofit Government Accountability Project. "The worker is defenseless."Posted by Orrin Judd at August 21, 2013 9:55 PM
Devine said the court backed the Obama administration argument that the MSPB cannot review or overturn an agency's decision to take disciplinary or adverse action against an employee in a sensitive position. Meanwhile, he added, the administration is proposing regulations that would make nearly all federal jobs eligible for a sensitive designation.