DOI Adviser Wrongly Fired Over Outside Gig: Fed. Circ.

Law360, New York (November 7, 2011, 4:17 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit ruled Monday that the Merits System Protection Board erred in firing a U.S. Department of the Interior adviser for accepting allegedly illegal payments from an oversight group for his assistance with royalties-related whistleblower actions against oil companies.

The board removed Interior Department senior economist Robert A. Berman from employment in August 2009, affirming an agency decision that he had violated a federal law restricting nongovernment pay for federal workers when he accepted $383,600 from the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight for providing advice...
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