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MSPB’s e-FOIA Reading Room


The Freedom of Information Act, commonly known as the FOIA, requires Federal agencies to make four types of records affirmatively available for "public inspection and copying."

Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(2), the materials which are to be maintained in a reading room include:  (A) final opinions, including concurring and dissenting opinions, as well as orders, made in the adjudication of cases; (B) those statements of policy and interpretations which have been adopted by the agency, and are not published in the Federal Register; (C) administrative staff manuals and instructions to staff that affect a member of the public; and (D) records disclosed in response to a FOIA request that, because of the nature of their subject matter, have become or are likely to become the subject of subsequent requests for substantially the same records, or that have been requested 3 or more times.

The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) satisfies these requirements by providing members of the public with an electronic Reading Room.  The Electronic FOIA Amendments of 1996, Public Law 104-231, 5 U.S.C. § 552, require any reading room materials created after November 1, 1996 to be placed online.

Operational Documents
Documents in this category include policy statements, staff manuals and instructions, final opinions and orders, which are available without making a FOIA request.  The proactive disclosure of these records allows you to instantly access information which relates to MSPB’s day-to-day operations.

Board Decisions
MSPB Rules and Regulations
AJ Handbook
Appeal Forms
Mediation Appeals Program
Appellant Q&A
Organization Functions & Delegations of Authority
Agency Plans and Reports
MSPB Organizational Chart
Federal Register Notices
FOIA Reports

FOIA-Processed Documents
Documents in this category have been disclosed, in full or with redactions, pursuant to the FOIA.  In addition to posting “frequently requested records,” or those which have been released three or more times to FOIA requesters, MSPB also posts other FOIA-processed documents which are likely to be of interest to the public.

MSPB Survey Data

IT-related Records

Final Report - U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) IT Assessment Project (Cask, LLC)
VMware Desktop Virtualization Health Check Services: Health Check Report for MSPB (VMware Professional Services)
Assessment and Recommendations Prepared for: Merit Systems Protection Board (Kelyn Professional Services)

FOIA Resources

Text of the FOIA (5 U.S.C. § 552)
DOJ's Office of Information Policy
FOIA.gov
Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)