Privacy Act Requests for Federal Employees

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By John V. Berry, Esq., www.berrylegal.com

It is often the case that we have clients that are seeking information about their own personal records maintained by a federal agency. These requests can relate to a former employee’s Official Personnel Folder, an administrative investigation, security clearance records, and all sorts of other types of information that involve them. We are often
retained to assist client in making such requests.  privacy-actThis article is general in nature and an individual should consult an attorney familiar with the Privacy Act prior to making a request.

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OPM Disability Retirement

By Kimberly H. Berry, www.retirementlaw.com

We represent federal employees in OPM disability retirement filings and appeals.  Federal approval-opmemployees, in both the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) are eligible for disability retirement should the need arise. In order to be eligible for this type of retirement, CSRS employees generally must have completed five (5) years of federal service and FERS employees must have completed 18 months of creditable service.

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Security Clearance Levels for Federal Employees

By John V. Berry, Esq., www.berrylegal.com

As lawyers practicing in the area of security clearance law, we often receive questions from federal employees about the different types of security clearances that exist and their differences. This article briefly touches upon many of the different types of security clearances and increased classification levels for federal employees. There are several variations and types of security clearances, and some are not truly considered security clearances, but they range from Public Trust positions to Yankee White clearances on the spectrum. The following is a listing of clearances/classifications ranging from least scrutiny to most scrutiny.

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Federal Employees and the Hatch Act

By John V. Berry, Esq., www.berrylegal.com

Our law firm represents and defends federal employees who have been alleged to have committed Hatch Act violations, require Hatch Act guidance or legal defense or have been subjected to illegal political discrimination in the federal workplace. Continue reading