As of September 10, 2013, more than 32,000 furlough appeals have been filed at the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB or Board) during FY 2013. This is in addition to the almost 6,000 appeals we have received during the fiscal year on other matters that are appealable to MSPB under law. Approximately 99% of the furlough appeals were filed by civilian employees of military departments and Department of Defense (DoD) activities.
MSPB can report that almost all of the furlough appeals have been docketed by our regional offices. Certain MSPB regional offices have begun the consolidation process and have sent the parties Acknowledgment Orders, which set forth the next steps in the process. For example, the Northeastern Regional Office and Western Regional Office have consolidated a small number of DoD furlough appeals and are preparing to adjudicate these cases, while the Denver Field Office is currently adjudicating DoD furlough appeals. Under our regulations, an MSPB administrative judge may consolidate cases when doing so would expedite the processing of the cases and not adversely impact a party. Cases can be consolidated based upon a number of factors, including similarity of the issues raised, appellant work location, whether appellants ask for hearings, the deciding official involved, or command. MSPB’s goal is to consolidate cases in a manner that will allow for adjudication in the most efficient and equitable manner possible. [More..