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Coming Soon:
e-Appeal Modernization!

e-Appeal LogoMSPB will launch a new e-Appeal system. Information Hub

One of the MSPB's primary statutory functions is to protect Federal merit systems against partisan political and other prohibited personnel practices by adjudicating employee appeals over which the Board has been given jurisdiction.   Learn more here..

Latest News and Significant Actions

Given the potential for a lapse in appropriations for MSPB after September 30, we are postponing the scheduled go-live of our new e-Appeal system from October 2 to October 16, 2023. If a shutdown occurs, we will revise the go-live date depending on the length of the shutdown. Additional messaging will be forthcoming regarding an extension of deadlines resulting from the postponement of the go-live date and/or resulting from the shutdown. We regret the delay and inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience.
MSPB has suspended processing all cases, and all filing and processing deadlines that fall from 9/9-10/6/23 will be extended by 28 calendar days. Please see our press release and visit the new e-Appeal Information Hub for more details.
President Biden announced his intent to nominate Henry J. Kerner for Member of the Merit Systems Protection Board on July 3, 2023. Mr. Kerner's nomination was sent to the Senate on July 11, 2023.
Merit Systems Principles

Merit System Principles

The Merit System Principles are nine basic standards governing the management of the executive branch workforce. The principles are part of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, and can be found at 5 U.S.C. § 2301(b). Read more...

Keys to Managing the Federal Workforce

Keys to Managing the Federal Workforce

Featured Publication: This brief, user-friendly guide provides an introduction to the merit system principles with highlights from the history of the Federal civil service and includes examples of recommended actions to take or avoid. Read More...

Prohibited Personnel Practices

Prohibited Personnel Practices

Since the 1883 Pendleton Act, Congress has attempted to assure good government by enacting laws that require or prohibit certain actions by Government agencies and employees. Read more...

Adverse Actions

Adverse Actions: A Compilation of Articles

Featured Publication: This report contains a series of articles, each of which addresses one aspect of the civil service system's process for the implementation of adverse personnel actions, such as suspensions, demotions, and removals. Read more...

MSPB Mission: Guardian of Federal Merit Systems

To protect the Merit System Principles and promote an effective Federal workforce free of Prohibited Personnel Practices.

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