Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2010
Start: 2009-10-01, End: 2010-09-30, Publication: 2010-12-01
Name:U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board
- Susan Tsui Grundmann
- Ernest A. Cameron: Chief Financial Officer
- Board: The Board Members adjudicate the cases brought to the MSPB. The bipartisan Board consists of the Chairman, Vice Chairman,
and Member, with no more than two of its three members from the same political party. Board members are appointed by the President,
confirmed by the Senate, and serve overlapping, non-renewable seven-year terms. The Chairman, by statute, is the chief executive
and administrative officer of the MSPB. Office Directors report to the Chairman through the Executive Director.
- Office of the Administrative Law Judge: The Office of the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) adjudicates and issues initial decisions in corrective and disciplinary action
complaints (including Hatch Act complaints) brought by the Special Counsel, proposed agency actions against ALJs, MSPB employee
appeals, and other cases assigned by the MSPB. The functions of this office are currently performed by ALJs at the National
Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the Environmental Protection Administration
(EPA) under interagency agreements.
- Administrative Law Judge (Performer)
- Office of Appeals Counsel: The Office of Appeals Counsel conducts legal research and prepares proposed decisions for the Board in cases where a party
petitions for review of an Administrative Judge’s (AJ) initial decision and in most other cases decided by the Board. The
office prepares proposed decisions on interlocutory appeals of rulings made by judges, makes recommendations on reopening
cases on the Board’s own motion, and provides research and policy memoranda to the Board on legal issues.
- Appeals Counsel (Performer)
- Office of the Clerk of the Board: The Office of the Clerk of the Board receives and processes cases filed at MSPB headquarters, rules on certain procedural
matters, and issues MSPB decisions and orders. The office serves as MSPB’s public information center, coordinates media relations,
produces public information publications, operates MSPB’s library and on-line information services, and administers the Freedom
of Information Act and Privacy Act programs. The office also certifies official records to the courts and Federal administrative
agencies, and manages MSPB’s records systems, legal research systems, and the Government in the Sunshine Act program.
- Clerk of the Board (Performer)
- Office of Equal Employment Opportunity: The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity plans, implements, and evaluates MSPB’s equal employment opportunity programs.
It processes complaints of alleged discrimination brought by agency employees and provides advice and assistance on affirmative
employment initiatives to MSPB’s managers and supervisors.
- Office of Financial and Administrative Management: The Office of Financial and Administrative Management administers the budget, accounting, travel, time and attendance, human
resources, procurement, property management, physical security, and general services functions of the MSPB. It develops and
coordinates internal management programs, including review of internal controls agencywide. It also administers the agency’s
cross-servicing agreements with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Finance Center for payroll services, U.S. Department
of the Treasury, Bureau of the Public Debt for accounting services, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service for human resources management services.
- Office of the General Counsel: The Office of the General Counsel, as legal counsel to the MSPB, advises the Board and MSPB offices on a wide range of legal
matters arising from day-to-day operations. The office represents the MSPB in litigation; prepares proposed decisions for
the Board to enforce a final MSPB decision or order, in response to requests to review OPM regulations, and for other assigned
cases; conducts the agency’s petition for review settlement program; and coordinates the agency’s legislative policy and congressional
relations functions. The office drafts regulations, conducts MSPB’s ethics program, and plans and directs audits and investigations.
- General Counsel (Performer)
- Office of Information Resources Management: The Office of Information Resources Management develops, implements, and maintains MSPB’s automated information systems to
help the agency manage its caseload efficiently and carry out its administrative and research responsibilities.
- Information Resources Management (Performer)
- Office of Policy and Evaluation: The Office of Policy and Evaluation carries out MSPB’s statutory responsibility to conduct special studies of the civil service
and other Federal merit systems. Reports of these studies are sent to the President and the Congress and are distributed to
a national audience. The office provides information and advice to Federal agencies on issues that have been the subject of
MSPB studies. The office also conducts special projects for the agency and has responsibility for preparing MSPB’s strategic
and performance plans and performance reports required by the Government Performance and Results Act.
- Office of Regional Operations: The Office of Regional Operations oversees the agency’s six regional and two field offices, which receive and process appeals
and related cases. It also manages MSPB’s Mediation Appeals Program (MAP). AJs in the regional and field offices are responsible
for adjudicating assigned cases and for issuing fair, well-reasoned, and timely initial decisions.