This morning the Federal Circuit issued two nonprecedential opinions in cases appealed from the Merit Systems Protection Board and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The first opinion reviews a decision by the Merit Systems Protection Board sustaining a charge of conduct unbecoming of a federal employee. The second opinion addresses jurisdiction. Here are the introductions to the opinions.
deLeon v. Department of Veterans Affairs (Nonprecedential)
Petitioner Chris deLeon appeals a decision of the Merit Systems Protection Board, which sustained a charge of conduct unbecoming a federal employee. The Board affirmed the United States Department of Veterans Affairs decision to remove him from employment with the federal service. For the reasons set forth in this opinion, we affirm the Board’s determinations.
Pride v. McDonough (Nonprecedential)
Fred Pride appeals a judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (“Veterans Court”) denying his request to reopen a 1987 service connection claim for schizophrenia. See Pride v. Wilkie, No. 19-5729 (Vet. App. Sept. 29, 2020). Because we do not have jurisdiction to assess whether Mr. Pride’s evidence of service connection was “new and material” and the Veterans Court properly found it lacked jurisdiction to consider a clear and unmistakable error (“CUE”) claim that had never been filed, we dismiss in part and affirm in part.