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Merit Systems Protection Board

1615 M Street NW., Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20419


CHAIRMark Robbins, Acting
Vice ChairMark Robbins

Director, Office of Equal Employment OpportunityJerry Beat

Clerk of the BoardJennifer Everling, Acting
Director, Financial and Administrative ManagementKevin Nash
Director, Information Resources ManagementWilliam D. Spencer, Acting
Director, Office of Appeals CounselSusan M. Swafford
Director, Office of Policy and EvaluationJames M. Read
Director, Office of Regional OperationsDeborah Miron
General CounselBryan G. Polisuk
Legislative CounselRosalyn L. Coates

The Merit Systems Protection Board protects the integrity of the Federal personnel merit systems and the rights of Federal employees.

Organizational Chart

The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) is a successor agency to the United States Civil Service Commission, established by act of January 16, 1883 (22 Stat. 403). Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1978 (5 U.S.C. app.) redesignated part of the Commission as the Merit Systems Protection Board. The Board comprises three members whom the President appoints with the advice and consent of the Senate.


The Board has responsibility for hearing and adjudicating appeals by Federal employees of adverse personnel actions, such as removals, suspensions, and demotions. It also resolves cases involving reemployment rights, denial of periodic step increases in pay, actions against administrative law judges, and charges of prohibited personnel practices, including charges in connection with whistleblowing.

The Board has the authority to enforce its decisions and to order corrective and disciplinary actions. An employee or applicant for employment involved in an appealable action that also involves an allegation of discrimination may ask the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to review a Board decision. Final decisions and orders of the Board can be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The Board reviews regulations issued by the Office of Personnel Management and has the authority to require agencies to cease compliance with any regulation that could constitute a prohibited personnel practice. It also conducts special studies of the civil service and other executive branch merit systems and reports to the President and the Congress on whether the Federal workforce is being adequately protected against political abuses and prohibited personnel practices.

Sources of Information

Electronic Filing

An appeal may be filed online using the e-Appeal process.

Career Opportunities

The MSPB posts current job openings on USAJobs.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The MSPB participates in FOIAonline, which allows an information seeker to submit FOIA requests to participating agencies, track the status of requests, search for requests that others have submitted, access previously released records, and generate agency-specific FOIA processing reports.


The MSPB posts external links to MSPB-related interviews on its Web site.

Public Affairs

The MSPB posts "Federal Register" notices, press releases, reports, and the results of its annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey online. | Email:

For further information, contact the Merit Systems Protection Board, 1615 M Street NW., Washington, DC 20419. Phone, 202-653-7200 or 800-209-8960. TDD, 800-877-8339. Fax, 202-653-7130.