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

Why, Oh Why, Do You Ever Discipline a Federal Employee?

By William Wiley, March 15, 2023 So you just read FELTG President Deb Hopkins’ article about Ortiz v. Air Force, DE-0752-22-0062-I-1 (Jan. 25, 2023) (NP). The decision is significant only because it is very unusual (some might say “weird”) for the Board to impose a...

To Avoid the Kraken, Warn Without Threatening

By William Wiley, February 6, 2023 If you have attended any FELTG training relative to handling misbehaving employees, you have no doubt heard our instructors caution that, from a legal standpoint, the less you do to a problem employee, the better. That’s because...

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