5 CFR 731.501 - Appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board.

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§ 731.501 Appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board.

(a)Appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board. When OPM or an agency acting under delegated authority under this part takes a suitability action against a person, that person may appeal the action to the Merit Systems Protection Board (hereinafter “Board”).

(b)Decisions by the Merit Systems Protection Board.

(1) If the Board finds that one or more of the charges brought by OPM or an agency against the person is supported by a preponderance of the evidence, regardless of whether all specifications are sustained, it must affirm the suitability determination. The Board must consider the record as a whole and make a finding on each charge and specification in making its decision.

(2) If the Board sustains fewer than all the charges, the Board must remand the case to OPM or the agency to determine whether the suitability action taken is appropriate based on the sustained charge(s). However, the agency must hold in abeyance a decision on remand until the person has exhausted all rights to seek review of the Board's decision, including court review.

(3) Once review is final, OPM or an agency will determine whether the action taken is appropriate based on the sustained charges and this determination will be final without any further appeal to the Board.

(c)Appeal procedures. The procedures for filing an appeal with the Board are found at part 1201 of this title.

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Executive Order ... 10577

Executive Order ... 11491

Executive Order ... 13448

Executive Order ... 13467

Title 5 published on 07-Jun-2017 03:44

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 5 CFR Part 731 after this date.

  • 2016-12-01; vol. 81 # 231 - Thursday, December 1, 2016
    1. 81 FR 86555 - Recruitment, Selection, and Placement (General) and Suitability
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      Final rule.
      Effective date: This final rule is effective January 3, 2017. Compliance date: March 31, 2017. As discussed below, OPM recognizes that there are legitimate, job/position-related reasons why a hiring agency may need to determine suitability at an earlier stage in the employment process. As such, this rule allows agencies to request from OPM an exception to accommodate such circumstances. Requests for an exception must be submitted to OPM by the agency's Chief Human Capital Officer (or equivalent) at the agency headquarters level. To permit agencies time to request exceptions where appropriate, this rule will have a compliance date of March 31, 2017.
      5 CFR Parts 330 and 731
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