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Favorable Selective Service Determination Obtained for High-Level Government Official

Posted by Marc Smith | Dec 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Recently, we had the pleasure of representing a very high-level government employee of one of the largest federal agencies in the U.S. Government.  Our client, who started his federal career 21 years ago as a low level postal employee, had worked his way up to the highest echelons of his present agency.  Unfortunately, our client had failed to register with the Selective Service when he immigrated to the United States in his early 20's and did not learn of the existence of the registration requirement until he was far too old to register.

Our client's failure to register did not raise any red flags with his various federal employers until just recently, after 21 years of federal service.  We have had other clients who found themselves in similar situations with their positions in jeopardy after many years of loyal service to the U.S. government.  Agencies are supposed to verify Selective Service registration status during the hiring process.  These cases demonstrate that an employee's Selective Service registration status is subject to scrutiny at any time, even after many years of employment.

At the time he discovered his predicament, our client was being considered for a position that would require congressional confirmation, which further complicated the problem.  Fortunately, OPM timely determined that our client's failure to register was not a knowing and willful violation, thus clearing him to maintain his federal position.

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Marc Smith

Marc J. Smith is a Rockville, Maryland employment attorney and a founding member of the law firm formerly known as Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC. In 2018, after 18 years managing Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC's employment counseling and litigation practice, Marc launched his own boutique practice...

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The Law Office of Marc J. Smith, LLC is a boutique employment law practice based in downtown Rockville, Maryland near the Montgomery County Circuit and District Courts. The Firm’s practice focuses exclusively in the employment law arena and provides counseling, litigation and a wide range of other employment-related services to employers and employees throughout the State of Maryland, Washington D.C. and other jurisdictions. The Firm also represents individuals who have failed to register with the Selective Service System and who are trying to apply for or maintain federal employment.

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