[United States Government Manual]
[June 01, 2005]
[Pages 439-441]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]




MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD

1615 M Street NW., Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20419

Phone, 202-653-7200. Internet, www.mspb.gov.
Chairman                                          Neil A.G. McPhie
Vice Chair                                        (vacancy)
Member                                            Barbara J. Sapin
    Chief of Staff                                Tracey Watkins
Clerk of the Board                                Bentley M. Roberts, 
                                                          Jr.
Director, Financial and Administrative            Charlie Roche
        Management
Director, Information Resources Management        Tommy Hwang
Director, Office of Appeals Counsel               Lynore Carnes
Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity  Janice E. Pirkle
Director, Office of Policy and Evaluation         Steve Nelson
Director, Office of Regional Operations           Deborah Miron
General Counsel                                   Martha Schneider

[For the Merit Systems Protection Board statement of organization, see 
        the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 5, Part 1200]

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The Merit Systems Protection Board protects the integrity of the Federal 
personnel merit systems and the rights of Federal employees. In 
overseeing the personnel practices of the Federal Government, the Board 
conducts special studies of the merit systems, hears and decides charges 
of wrongdoing and employee appeals of adverse agency actions, and orders 
corrective and disciplinary actions when appropriate.

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The Merit Systems Protection Board is a successor agency to the United 
States Civil Service Commission, established by act of January 16, 1883 
(22 Stat. 403). Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1978 (5 U.S.C. app.) 
redesignated part of the Commission as the Merit Systems Protection 
Board.

Activities

The Board has responsibility for hearing and adjudicating appeals by 
Federal employees of adverse personnel actions, such as removals, 
suspensions, and demotions. It also resolves cases involving 
reemployment rights, the denial of periodic step increases in pay, 
actions against administrative law judges, and charges of prohibited 
personnel practices, including charges in connection with 
whistleblowing. The Board has the authority to enforce its decisions and 
to order corrective and disciplinary actions. An employee or applicant 
for employment involved in an appealable action that also involves an 
allegation of discrimination may ask the Equal Employment Opportunity 
Commission to review a Board decision. Final decisions and orders of the 
Board can be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal 
Circuit.
    The Board reviews regulations issued by the Office of Personnel 
Management and has the authority to require agencies to cease compliance 
with any regulation that could constitute a prohibited personnel 
practice. It also conducts special studies of the civil service and 
other executive branch merit systems and reports to the President and 
the Congress on whether the Federal work force is being adequately 
protected against political abuses and prohibited personnel practices.

                                Regional Offices--Merit Systems Protection Board
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              Region                         Address                        Director                 Telephone
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Atlanta Regional Office..........  401 W. Peachtree St. NW.,   Thomas J. Lanphear...............    404-730-2755
                                    Atlanta, GA 30308.
Central Regional Office..........  31st Fl., 230 S. Dearborn   Martin W. Baumgaertner...........    312-353-2923
                                    St., Chicago, IL 60604.
Dallas Regional Office...........  Rm. 620, 1100 Commerce      Sharon F. Jackson................    214-767-0555
                                    St., Dallas, TX 75242.
Northeastern Regional Office.....  Rm. 501, 2d & Chestnut      William L. Boulden...............    215-597-9960
                                    Sts., Philadelphia, PA
                                    19106.
Washington Regional Office.......  Suite 205, 1800 Diagonal    P.J. Winzer......................    703-756-6250
                                    Rd., Alexandria, VA 22314.
Western Regional Office..........  Suite 400, 4th Fl., 250     Amy Dunning......................    415-705-2935
                                    Montgomery St., San
                                    Francisco, CA 94104.
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                                  Field Offices--Merit Systems Protection Board
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              Region                          Address               Chief Administrative Judge       Telephone
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Denver, CO........................  Suite 318, 165 S. Union      Joseph H. Hartman..............    303-969-5101
                                     Blvd., 80228..
New York, NY......................  Rm. 3137A, 26 Federal Plz.,  Arthur S. Joseph...............    212-264-9372
                                     10278.
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For further information, contact the Merit Systems Protection Board, 
1615 M Street NW., Washington, DC 20419. Phone, 202-653-7200 or 800-209-
8960. TDD, 800-209-8960. Fax, 202-653-7130. E-mail, mspb@mspb.gov. 
Internet, www.mspb.gov.

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