Scheme Nickname: 
"Main" (informal) adjudication scheme - Administrative Judges

Informal adjudication of appeals by federal employees (or applicants) challenging covered adverse agency actions and/or prohibited personnel practices by federal agencies. Adjudications are conducted by administrative judges and arise under a variety of federal statutes (or MSPB regulations), including federal civil service laws, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, Veterans Opportunities Act, and the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989. Most of the matters heard by AJs relate to adverse agency actions -- removals, suspensions of more than 14 days, reductions in grade or pay, or furloughs of 30 days or less. (See 5 CFR Part 1201, Subpts. A, B, C, E, F & H). MSPB has a regional/field office structure, so cases are heard throughout the country by AJs sitting in regional or field offices.

Adjudication Levels: 
LevelName of OfficeSub-Agency/Bureau/Division:Are administrative appeals permitted from final decisions at this stage?
Hearing Level
Executive Director
Yes (Some Types of Cases)
Appeal Level 1
Comments/Notes on Adjudication Structure: 
Most initial decisions issued by Administrative Judges may be appealed to the Board; however, there are a few exceptions -- including decisions concerning removal of members of the Senior Executive Service.
Types of Adjudication: 
Type B
Verified by Agency: 
Not verified
Is this a Major Adjudication: