Merit Systems Protection Board Blog

Federal Whistleblower Protection Under PPP

Whistleblower protection under the PPP is provided to federal employees by the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) of 1978. Retaliation of whistleblowers is the eighth prohibited personnel practice (PPP) defined by the CSRA. Whistleblowing is considered a protected activity. Read More »

What Types of Actions Can Be Brought to the MSPB?

The MSPB, or Merit Systems Protection Board, is a quasi-judicial agency that makes up part of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. The MSPB oversees Federal merit systems. It is authorized by the Civil Service Reform Act (CRSA) of 1978 to hear appeals of some, but not all, agency actions. Let’s take a look at some of the agency actions that may be brought to the MSPB and what you might expect from the MSPB appeals process. Read More »

What Qualifies for an OPM Classification Appeal?

If you’re a federal employee and you feel that your position isn’t appropriately classified, you may be wondering if you can file a Classification Appeal with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). But first, you need to know what can be appealed and what can’t. Read More »

What You Need To Know About Federal Workplace Discrimination and Investigations

Whether you’re currently a federal employee or you’re just trying to get a federal job, you’re protected by law from discrimination based on your religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, color or race, age, national origin, disability status, or genetic information. Read More »

Federal Employees Are Entitled To Special Disability Retirement Benefits

Disability retirement benefits make an enormous difference to anyone. Read More »

Disciplining Federal Employees for “Lack of Candor.” Is the Standard Too Subjective?
Is the ‘lack of candor’ standard too objective?

When federal agency officials contemplate disciplinary action against a federal employee, they have many arrows in their quiver. For example, the officials may contend that the targeted employee is guilty of falsification. On the other hand, they may turn instead to a much more nebulous charge: that the actions of the employee exhibited a “lack of candor.” To many federal employees facing a charge which could result in suspension or even end their career, “lack of candor” sounds rather subjective. Indeed, is the standard too subjective? Read More »

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