News from the Supreme Court: In a unanimous decision on December 10, 2012, the Supreme Court clarified the appellate procedures for federal employees appealing adverse actions in cases involving discrimination or EEO reprisal. The Court's decision in Kloeckner v. Solis, 568 U.S. ____ (2012), Case No. 11-184, reinstates the "mixed case" appeal process envisaged by Congress: MSPB cases involving claims of discrimination are appealed to the federal disctrict courts.
News from the Whitehouse: On October 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012, Pub.L. 112-194. Most of the provisions of the statute were aimed at tightening up financial controls for federal agencies' travel credit card programs in response to perceived abuses. Of particular relevance to federal employees is section 3 of Pub.L. 112-194, which in part requires that "each executive agency shall provide for appropriate adverse personnel actions to be imposed in cases in which employees of the executive agency fail to comply with applicable travel charge card terms and conditions or applicable agency regulations or commit fraud with respect to a travel charge card, including removal in appropriate cases."
News from Congress: On November 30, 2012, the Senate passed S. 2170, the Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012. The bill now goes to the House.