William Wiley

William Wiley

Professor Emeritus, Former President

William Wiley​ is the co-founder and former president of the Federal Employment Law Training Group. An attorney with over 35 years of experience, Mr. Wiley formerly served as Chief Counsel to the Chairman of the MSPB and Chief of Staff to the General Counsel of FLRA. He is now an attorney in private practice representing agencies before the MSPB, EEOC, and OSC. Mr. Wiley is the developer of the e-training modules, How to Fire a Federal Employee and How to Defend a Federal Employee. He is the co-author of UnCivil Servant: Holding Government Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct, 5th Edition.

Areas of Training Expertise

Performance and Conduct


Whistleblower Reprisal

Recent Articles

Performance Isn’t About Can’t Do vs. Won’t Do

  By William Wiley, September 7, 2021 Below is an email we received from a FELTG student, lightly edited for space and context, followed by our FELTG answer.     Dear FELTG, I attended your MSPB Law Week in person last year just before everything was...

The To-Do List for the New MSPB Board Members

By William Wiley, July 21, 2021 By now you probably have heard that the White House finally has nominated two individuals to be Board members over at the US Merit Systems Protection Board. After more than four years of the civil service having no oversight agency to...

Two Words for MSPB AJs Mitigating Removals to Demotions: Please Stop

By William Wiley, May 3, 2021 President Biden recently nominated Cathy Harris as Chair of the Merit Systems Protection Board, and hopefully soon he will nominate two other individuals who will provide us with a full Board. And you can bet that on behalf of The Nation,...

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