New Trump Administration Strategy Leaves Fired Feds Seeking Recourse in Indefinite Purgatory

Government Executive: The Trump administration has begun arguing that administrative judges are ineligible to hear appeals of decisions to fire career federal employees, creating a loophole that could leave civil servants seeking to win back their jobs in an indefinite holding pattern.

In some situations, federal agencies are making the case that judges within the Merit Systems Protection Board were not lawfully appointed and therefore cannot hear federal workers’ appeals. This has in turn led some of these judges to dismiss cases “without prejudice,” stating they must await a  ruling from MSPB’s central board on their eligibility to render  a decision on the employees’ cases.

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