The MSPB appears to have thrown a seminal decision into doubt in second guessing a deciding official who had considered the “Douglas Factors”.
The 12 factors enumerated by the new MSPB in “Curtis Douglas, et. al. v Veterans Administration, et. al.” changed the way we administer discipline in the Federal sector. It’s time to consider limiting them to 10 factors.
For three decades human resource specialists, union officials, agency managers, legal counselors, labor arbitrators, Presiding Officials and Administrative Judges have been working with the 12 “factors” that were first articulated in Board decision titled [I}Curtis Douglas, et. al. v Veterans Administration, et. al. [/I]