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MSPB could be hit with thousands of personnel decision appeals

As the deadline for sequestration looms, federal agencies have begun to discuss how they will achieve the mandated five percent across the board budget cuts that will be required on March 1. To achieve these cuts, many federal agencies will use unpaid furloughs, sending employees home and off their payroll.

Federal managers may target poor performing employees

Tighter federal budgets and the threat of wholesale layoffs and reductions in force in many agencies have meant that fewer federal employees are receiving step raises within their grade level. Speculation suggest that managers may be planning on cutting low performing employees, and that denial of step raises is often the first move by a manager to fire an employee.

Appeals to Merit Systems Protection Board increased in 2012

The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) reports that last year they handled the largest number of appeals in almost a decade, as employees contested more personnel decisions. This included actions like negative performance appraisal and denials of step increases on pay rates.

EEOC has fewer discrimination charges filed in 2012

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced its year-end statistics last week and for the second straight year, the number of filed charges fell. In 2012, the EEOC received 99,412 discrimination charges. These filings represent discrimination claims from individuals, and may included more than one allegation of discrimination.

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