Developments at the MSPB: On January 31, 2020, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) issued its annual report for FY 2019. The report discussed the current status of the MSPB's overall case processing in FY 2019.
News from Congress: In late December 2019, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, Pub.L. 116-92. The NDAA contained new amendments to whistleblower protection laws for those who blow the whistle to Congress.
News from Passman & Kaplan: Passman & Kaplan Principal Andrew J. Perlmutter will be moderating a panel discussion with staff from the Office of Special Counsel on October 21, 2019. The discussion, "Latest Developments at the Office of Special Counsel", is sponsored by the American Bar Association, Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, Government Personnel Committee. For additional details or to register, see the ABA's website.
News from Passman & Kaplan: P&K Founding Principal Edward H. Passman was recently interviewed by the New York Times and by CNN. The interviews related to the testimony of Carl Kline, the former director of the White House's Personnel Security Office, before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, in connection with the claims of P&K client Tricia Newbold against the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration. Ms. Newbold's claims have been previously discussed in greater detail in this blog. Ms. Newbold is represented by Mr. Passman.
News from Passman & Kaplan: Both of Passman & Kaplan's Founding Principals have been recently interviewed in the press.
News from Passman & Kaplan: On April 1, 2019, Passman & Kaplan, P.C. Founding Principal Edward H. Passman and his client, Tricia Newbold, were both interviewed in the press. Ms. Newbold was interviewed by NBC News. Mr. Passman was interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), on NPR's All Things Considered program. Both interviews concerned Ms. Newbold's claims against the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, which were recently discussed in greater detail in this blog.
News from Congress: Tricia Newbold, an employee at the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, recently testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. As the Committee's chair, Rep. Elijah Cummings, stated in an April 1, 2019 letter to the White House, Ms. Newbold "has informed the Committee that during the Trump Administration, she and other career officials adjudicated denials of dozens of applications for security clearances that were later overturned. As a result, she warned that security clearance applications for White House officials 'were not always adjudicated in the best interest of national security.' She also reported to the Committee that she has been targeted for retaliation after declining to grant security clearances based on longstanding national security protocols. She stated: 'I'm terrified of going back. I know that this will not be perceived in favor of my intentions, which is to bring back the integrity of the office.'"