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Debra Roth, partner, Shaw, Bransford & Roth

Perhaps nowhere in the federal workforce is trust more frail than in the intelligence community. It is still reeling from the revelations of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The Director of National Intelligence recently issued two policies to clamp down on employees' speech. The first says only a few authorized officials can talk with journalists. In this week's Legal Loop, Tom and Emily looked at the policy's impact on trust in the intelligence community as part of our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees. Employment lawyer Debra Roth said on The Federal Drive the new policy stands out because it covers unclassified information.

Tags: Federal Drive , Debra Roth , Legal Loop , Intelligence community , workforce , whistleblowers

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 09:34am EDT
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 11, 2012

Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment talks about possible defense cuts due to sequestration. Attorney Bill Bransford discusses the legal ramifications of lie detectors. Social media expert Justin Herman of the GSA explains how social media is being used in the aftermath of emergencies. John Palguta of the Partnership for Public Service ponders what may be in store for feds in 2013. Paul Verkuil explains what the Administrative Conference of the United States has been up to.

Tags: Todd Harrison , DoD , DoD Report , fiscal cliff , budget , Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments , Bill Bransford , Justin Herman , GSA , polygraph , Center for Excellence in Digital Government , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Paul Verkuil , Administrative Conference of the United States , Federal Drive , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update

Tuesday - 12/11/2012, 08:41am EST

Federal News Countdown: pay freeze amendment sinks, mixed results for flexible fed schedules

Today's guests on the Federal News Countdown are:
Jennifer Mattingley, director of governmental affairs, Shaw, Bransford & Roth
Josh Sawislak, senior fellow, Telework Exchange

Tags: Jennifer Mattingley , Josh Sawislak , Telework Exchange , Federal News Countdown , In Depth

Friday - 03/16/2012, 04:11pm EDT
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Supreme Court considers exceptions to government employee immunity

Bill Bransford, a partner at Shaw, Bransford and Roth, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to provide a brief recap of a case involving a government investigator who lied to a grand jury and what it means for federal employees.

Tags: Bill Bransford , Legal Loop , immunity , Supreme Court , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris

Thursday - 11/03/2011, 08:37am EDT
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Whistleblower bill draws anger, praise from various groups

Certain whistleblower groups say the bill eliminates protection for those who speak out, manager groups think it is a good compromise.

Tags: Pay & Benefit , management , National Whistleblower Center , Frederick Whitehurst , Bill Bransford , whistleblower , whistleblower protections , S.372 , Dorothy Ramienski

Tuesday - 03/09/2010, 07:45pm EST
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Iraqis to sue, not prosecute, Blackwater

Iraq's government has started collecting signatures for a class-action lawsuit from victims who were wounded or lost family in incidents involving the U.S. private security firm formerly known as Blackwater.

Tags: contracting , Legal Loop , Debra Roth , Blackwater , Xe

Thursday - 01/21/2010, 09:40am EST
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Contractors and campaign finance

Lawmakers said they might counter the recent Supreme Court ruling on campaign money, along with the blizzard of special interest spending that could result, by making corporations and unions come clean about which campaign ads they are sponsoring and how much they are shelling out.

Tags: Congress , contracting , campaign finance , Debra Roth ,

Thursday - 02/11/2010, 09:40am EST
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Free speech and ethics collide for federal employees

The Environmental Protection Agency's top lawyer says the agency is not censoring two of its California-based attorneys who posted a YouTube video criticizing the Obama administration's backing of a House-passed climate bill.

Tags: P&B , ethics , free speech , EPA , You Tube , Bill Bransford , Legal Loop

Thursday - 11/12/2009, 10:55am EST
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Tips on ethical gift giving

People love to give each other gifts during the holiday season, but that can pose problems for federal workers who have to follow strict guidelines when it comes to accepting those presents.

Tags: P&B , mngt , ethics , holiday , Bill Bransford ,

Thursday - 12/17/2009, 10:50am EST
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Cell sniffing in the federal workplace

The Supreme Court says it will decide how much privacy workers have when they send text messages from on their employers' accounts.

Tags: P&B , privacy , Debra Roth ,

Wednesday - 12/23/2009, 10:45am EST
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