From the Blog

Border Patrol Agent Proposed for Removal, Reinstated to Former Duties

A Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Agent (the “Agent”) was proposed to be removed (terminated) from Federal Service for events arising out a traffic stop and the issuance of a citation. Allegations of unbecoming conduct towards another law enforcement officer, misuse of position, and failure to be forthcoming during an[…]

Use of X-Ray Equipment Can Possibly Lead to Cancer

Federal Law Enforcement Officers and Agents may be at risk! Recently, it has been reported that Federal Law Enforcement Officers and Agents are getting cancer possibly as a result of working with certain radiation devices. There are Border Patrol Agents affected, see here. We currently are working on two cases of[…]

Public Corruption Investigations Training Program Presentation

Attorney Roberto M. Garcia was invited to speak and present at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center: Inspector General Criminal Investigator Academy, Course No. PCITP 1701, in San Antonio, Texas. The course is designed for federal, state, local, and military IG investigators, as well as OIG counsel and others who support[…]

CBP Automotive Mechanic Leader Removal Reduced to a Suspension

A Laredo Sector CBP Automotive Mechanic Leader was proposed to be removed from Federal Service for events surrounding an allegation of misusing a supervisor’s signature on certain forms. Specifically, the employee was proposed for removal based on the following two charges: Improper Use of Signature of Another on an Official[…]

Considerations for MSPB Appeals

If you’ve received a disciplinary proposal letter from an Agency you are employed at, you also know that the decision letter is on its way too. At this point, anything can happen and depending on the charges proposed, the results can range from no penalty being applied all the way to[…]

Cameron County Detention Officer Receives Docked Benefits

A Cameron County Detention Officer’s fitness for duty was questioned by jail management when the Officer refused to patrol the jail facility grounds from a second story rooftop. The Officer had been diagnosed with acrophobia (fear of heights). The Officer had disclosed his condition before he was hired.  He also[…]

Cameron County Detention Officer Reinstated with Benefits and Proper License Designation

A Cameron County Detention Officer was terminated for an alleged minor criminal offense. The Officer subsequently had his criminal case dismissed for insufficient evidence. As a result of the Officer’s termination, the county served him with a dishonorable discharge on his Texas Detention Officer License, also known as the Separation of[…]

Adverse Action Quiz: Who is better off?

Assume that two employees get 15-day adverse action suspensions, their union takes each case to arbitration, and both suspensions are overturned. One employee, Smith, had his adverse action overturned and reduced to a letter of reprimand because the union showed that similarly situated employees were only given reprimands for the[…]