Statutory Appeals Available to Federal Employees

FPCD-77-21: Published: Feb 8, 1977. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 1977.

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Procedures available to federal employees seeking reconsideration of unfavorable management actions or decisions were surveyed. Discussions were held with officials of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and other federal agencies in the St. Louis area.

The statutory appeals process is generally perceived as overcomplicated and in need of change. Each appellate category may involve varying procedural requirements and adjudication by various review bodies within and outside CSC. More than one appeal category may be applicable. There is considerable potential for processing delays, overlapping appeals, and conflicting decisions. The appeals program is frequently viewed as management-oriented. Federal employees generally rely on their agency for information and assistance in appeal matters, and it is noted that individuals are not given adequate appeal information and assistance by their agencies.

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