June 2019 Federal Employment Law Training Group Newsletter

Close Doesn’t Count in the Lottery or in MSPB

My grandfather has played the lottery for as long as I can remember. One year for his birthday, my mom took me to a party store to get a lottery ticket for Grandpa for his birthday. Since I was only about 10, mom bought the ticket – but I picked the numbers. As most 10-year-olds would, I selected numbers that corresponded to the ages of the people in my family; conveniently the Michigan Lotto was a six-number game and there were six people in my family, so it was perfect. Almost perfect, anyway. Turns out the ticket was one number off of the grand prize. Grandpa was this close to winning a million bucks, but instead he won nothing.

Do you ever find yourself this close to something really great? Well, in the world of federal employment law we’re sooooo close another milestone: we are (maybe) about to get an MSPB again. Later today, there is a committee vote on the third and final nominee. If it goes well, the full Senate will then be ready to vote on all three nominees, which means we could have a fully seated Board within weeks. I just hope this turns out better than Grandpa’s lottery ticket.

With that, let’s take a look at FELTG’s June 2019 newsletter with articles on topics including investigatory problems with the Special Counsel, a 75-cent insurance policy for federal supervisors, and more.

Take care,

Deborah J. Hopkins, FELTG President

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