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Winds of Change?

Posted by Marc Smith | Jul 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

The upcoming Presidential election promises to be an interesting spectacle on many levels.   Either candidate could usher in sweeping changes in foreign and domestic policy.  While there is much uncertainty about the nature of these changes, one thing is certain — there will be a change in administration and, depending on which candidate assumes office, there could be a complete replacement of the senior leadership at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Why does this matter?  While OPM has been unfailingly fair in its adjudication of Selective Service cases during the Obama administration, such was not the case during the Bush administration, when OPM routinely issued adverse determinations in Selective Service failure to register cases — even in cases involving veterans who had served honorably in the military but who had failed to register.

The takeaway is simple.  If you have a Selective Service issue, you would be well advised to prepare your case for submission to OPM now.  In my view, a Trump victory may well resurrect the Bush-era mindset at OPM, which does not bode well for people who have failed to register with the Selective Service System.

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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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