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MSPB Mission: Guardian of Federal Merit Systems

To protect the Merit System Principles and promote an effective Federal workforce free of Prohibited Personnel Practices.

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Merit Systems Principles

Merit Systems Principles

The Merit System Principles are nine basic standards governing the management of the executive branch workforce. The principles are part of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, and can be found at 5 U.S.C. § 2301(b). Read more...

Keys to Managing the Federal Workforce

Keys to Managing the Federal Workforce

This brief, user-friendly guide provides an introduction to the merit system principles with highlights from the history of the Federal civil service and includes examples of recommended actions to take or avoid. Read More...

Prohibited Personnel Practices

Prohibited Personnel Practices

Since the 1883 Pendleton Act, Congress has attempted to assure good government by enacting laws that require or prohibit certain actions by Government agencies and employees. Read more...

Adverse Actions

Adverse Actions: A Compilation of Articles

This report contains a series of articles, each of which addresses once aspect of the civil service system's process for the implementation of adverse personnel Adverse Actionsactions, such as suspensions, demotions, and removals. 202-231-3910

File an Appeal with MSPB

One of the MSPB's primary statutory functions is to protect Federal merit systems against partisan political and other prohibited personnel practices by adjudicating employee appeals over which the Board has been given jurisdiction. Learn more here..

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