MSPB Appeals

MSPB Appeals

MSPB Appeals

The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, also known as the MSPB or the Board, is an independent, quasi-judicial agency in the Executive branch. The Board’s mission is to protect Federal merit systems and the rights of individuals within those systems. MSPB carries out its statutory responsibilities and authorities primarily by adjudicating individual employee appeals and by conducting merit systems studies.  Most of the cases brought to the Board are appeals of agency adverse actions–removals, suspensions of more than 14 days, reductions in grade or pay, and furloughs of 30 days or less. Other types of actions that may be appealed to the Board include: performance-based removals or reductions in grade, denials of within-grade salary increases, reduction-in-force actions; U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) retirement determinations; OPM suitability determinations; denials of restoration of reemployment rights; and certain terminations of probationary employees.

How we can help:

  • We can help provide you with some certainty in a very difficult, highly emotional situation by determining if you have grounds to appeal an action;
  • In many adverse action appeals, it is in your best interest to try and resolve the dispute early on - before it potentially interferes with your ability to find a new job or promotion. We often negotiate settlements to better improve your future employability or to compensate you for the adverse action; and,
  • If your agency or OPM is unwilling to negotiate a resolution, litigating your MSPB appeal through hearing may be in order. We will make sure you understand all of the risks and benefits involved, and if you decide to appeal, we will shepherd you through the MSPB appeal process - always advocating for your rights, and keeping your best interests at the forefront of the process.