[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 179 (Monday, September 16, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 56811]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-22439]

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5 CFR Parts 1201 and 1209

Practices and Procedures

AGENCY: Merit Systems Protection Board.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB or the Board) is 
adopting as final an interim rule that conformed the Board's 
regulations to legislative changes that amended whistleblower 
protections for Federal employees and the penalties available in cases 
where the MSPB determines that a Federal employee or a State or local 
officer or employee violated restrictions on partisan political 

DATES: Effective: September 16, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William D. Spencer, Clerk of the 
Board, Merit Systems Protection Board, 1615 M Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20419; phone: (202) 653-7200; fax: (202) 653-7130; or email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 2, 2013, the Board published an 
interim final rule amending 5 CFR parts 1201 and 1209. 78 FR 39543. The 
interim final rule was necessary to conform the MSPB's regulations to 
recent amendments to Federal law contained in the Hatch Act 
Modernization Act of 2012, Public Law 112-230 (the Act) and the 
Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012, Public Law 112-199 
(WPEA). A detailed discussion of the amendments to the Board's 
regulations required by the Act and the WPEA is set forth in the 
interim rule.
    The Board received no comments in response to the interim rule. 
Therefore, the Board has determined to adopt the interim rule as final 
without change.

List of Subjects in 5 CFR Parts 1201 and 1209

    Administrative practice and procedure.

William D. Spencer,
Clerk of the Board.

Interim Rule Adopted as Final Without Change

    Accordingly, the interim rule amending 5 CFR parts 1201 and 1209, 
which was published at 78 FR 39543, on July 2, 2013, is adopted as a 
final rule without change.

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