According to a blog post from Bill Wiley, President of the Federal Employment Law Training Group, the Senate Homeland Security Committee has advised the White House it will not be taking action on nominations of the three new members of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB or Board) before the current Congressional session ends.
Nomination Process Will Start All Over
rit Systems Protection Board for a term of seven years. He was confirmed by the Senate on April 26, 2012. On January 23, 2017, President Trump designated him as Vice Chairman of the Board.
The most likely scenario that will unfold is that, for the first time, the MSPB will not have any Board members as of March 1, 2019.
For readers who may have one of 1,300 or so cases now pending, there is a long line so don’t hold your breath waiting for a decision. The number will continue to grow, of course, as new cases pile up. Of course, when some decisions come out reinstating an employee, the amount of back pay that will have accrued should make for an interesting tax form to be filed with the Internal Revenue Service.