Source: Queens Gazette: I On Politics
By John Toscano
Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) urged President Trump on December 20 to nominate individuals to fill the two vacancies on the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). The MSPB primarily hears federal civil service employees’ appeals of administrative judge decisions in cases involving merit-based personnel decisions. The Congress Member, in her letter to the President, highlighted that the current backlog of 660 pending cases cannot currently be processed with two members missing from the three-member Board. “We owe it to all federal workers to ensure that the civil service protections we have established are thoroughly and fully enforced, and to do this, we need a working MSPB,” said Maloney. “I hope the President will put forward nominees swiftly to fill these open seats. It is in the best interest of both the government and employees to have a fully operational MSPB as soon as possible.” Maloney explained in her letter to Trump that the backlog dates back nearly three years, according to a recent Washington Post article, adding, “Yet, with only one board member, the appeals process is frozen, and none can be heard or resolved. Federal employees who have merit-based complaints against agency actions can run into a dead end trying to seek justice and damages. The Board also plays a role in ensuring whistleblower protections, which I believe are critically important to our work as government officials. “At a time when employees from every employment sector are coming forward with allegations of egregious workplace misconduct, it is essential that the federal government ensures that the civil service protections we have established are thoroughly and fully enforced. Filling the two vacancies at the Merit Services Protection Board is an important step in achieving the status the federal government can and should have as a model employer,” Maloney concluded.