is the Merit Systems Protection Board
The federal Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) exists to
protect the rights of federal civil service employees. The MSPB
is designed to be independent of partisan politics and to
provide federal employees with an opportunity to appeal adverse
and unfair personnel decisions. In order to fulfill its role as
an independent and fair system, the MSPB has been carefully
organized and its board members have been appointed by the
President of the United States.
Organization of the MSPB
In order to understand how your appeal will be processed and
decided, it is important to understand how the MSPB is
organized. The board members serve in the central Washington
D.C. Office where the MSPB is headquartered. Many of the
appeals and studies that are conducted by the MSPB occur in
Washington where many federal workers are employed.
However, the MSPB recognizes that the federal government
employs people in all areas of the country. Accordingly, there
are MSPB regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas,
Philadelphia, and San Francisco. There are also field offices
in Denver and New York. Administrative law judges hear and
decide cases in these offices to make the MSPB process
accessible to local federal workers and agencies.
Board members are appointed to the MSPB for significant
terms. The current Board includes:
• Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann: Ms.
Grundmann was appointed by President Barack Obama. She was
confirmed by the United States Senate in November 2009 and her
term will run until March 2016. Ms. Grundmann is an attorney
with extensive employment law experience. Before taking the
position with the MSPB, Ms. Grundmann was general counsel to
the National Federation of Federal Employees.
• Vice Chairman Anne Wagner: Ms. Wagner was
also appointed by President Barack Obama. She was confirmed by
the United States Senate in November 2009 and her term will run
until March 2014. Like Ms. Grundmann, Ms. Wagner is a
distinguished lawyer. She served as General Counsel of the
Personnel Appeals Board of the U.S. Government Accountability
Office (GAO) prior to accepting the job as MSPB vice
• Member Mark A. Robbins: Mr Robbins was
nominated by President Barack Obama on Dec 5, 2011, and
confirmed by the Senate on April 26, 2012. He replaces
Mary M. Rose as a board member. Mr Robbins previously
worked as a senior provincial law advisor
in Iraq prior to his appointment, and has a great deal of
experience as the Executive Director of the White House
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight
Board, besides other roles as General Counsel in
the government, and practicing attorney in the private sector.
His term ends on March 1, 2018.
The three member board is charged with fulfilling the
mission of the MSPB - to protect the federal merit system and
the employees of that system. The Board, together with the
counsel, administrative law judges, central office staff and
regional staff employed by the MSPB all play a large role in
implementing the MSPB procedures to achieve that mission.