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Susan Tsui Grundmann was nominated by President Barack Obama on July 31, 2009 to serve as a Member and Chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board.  She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 5, 2009.  Ms. Grundmann's term expires on March 1, 2016.

Previously, Ms. Grundmann served as General Counsel to the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), which represents 100,000 Federal workers nationwide and is affiliated with the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers.  At NFFE, she successfully litigated cases in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  In 2004, Ms. Grundmann represented NFFE and other labor unions in the statutory “meet and confer” process with officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which sought agreement on how to proceed with new DHS personnel regulations.  She represented NFFE and the United Department of Defense Workers Coalition, consisting of 36 labor unions, and has served on the Coalition’s litigation team in a coordinated response to proposed personnel changes at the Department of Defense (DoD).  In addition to DoD employees, Ms. Grundmann represented employees in the Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Passport Services, Veterans Administration, General Services Administration, and some 25 additional Federal agencies.  From 2003 to 2009, she was a regular instructor on Federal sector labor and employment law at the William W. Winpisinger Education Center in Placid Harbor, Maryland.  Prior to joining NFFE, Ms. Grundmann served as General Counsel to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.  She began her legal career as a law clerk to the judges of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit of Virginia, and later worked in both private practice and at the Sheet Metal Workers National Pension Fund.

Ms. Grundmann earned her undergraduate degree at American University and her law degree at Georgetown University Law Center.

Mark A. Robbins was nominated by President Barack Obama on December
5, 2011 to serve as a Member of the Merit Systems Protection Board. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 26, 2012. Mr. Robbins' term expires on March 1, 2018.

At the time of his nomination, Mr. Robbins was the General Counsel of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. In that capacity, Mr. Robbins worked to certify elections systems and maintain information on the best practices of conducting elections. He previously served as a Senior Rule of Law Advisor for the State Department in Babil Province, Iraq. Mr. Robbins also served as Executive Director of the White House Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board between 2006 and 2008 and as General Counsel of the Office of Personnel Management from 2001 to 2006. He worked in private practice as a litigation attorney in Los Angeles, California between 1988 and 2000, and in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel from 1984 to 1988. He began his career as a legislative assistant to two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, where, among other issues, he covered the Federal civil service and human resources management.

Mr. Robbins earned his undergraduate degree and his law degree from George Washington University. He is a member of the California and District of Columbia bars. In recognition of his extensive professional involvement and continued leadership in public administration, in 2013 Mr. Robbins was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.