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    Subject Term: "Disclosure law"

    1 publication with a total of 2 open recommendations
    Director: Yvonne D. Jones
    Phone: (202) 512-2717

    2 open recommendations
    Recommendation: To help ensure the accuracy of MSPB's reporting on whistleblower appeals received and closed, the Chairman of MSPB should update MSPB's data entry user guide to include additional guidance and procedures to help improve the identification of appropriate whistleblower appeal closing codes to use.

    Agency: Merit Systems Protection Board
    Status: Open

    Comments: MSPB, in a written update to GAO dated November 9, 2017, stated that it has drafted new guidance for users in the regional and field offices for inputting WPEA data. Further, MSPB stated that it has assembled a small group of attorneys to conduct additional reviews of its FY 2016 and FY 2017 WPEA data.
    Recommendation: To help ensure the accuracy of MSPB's reporting on whistleblower appeals received and closed, the Chairman of MSPB should add a quality check in MSPB's data analysis and reporting process to better identify discrepancies or other anomalies in data queries and the resulting datasets.

    Agency: Merit Systems Protection Board
    Status: Open

    Comments: MSPB, in a written update to GAO dated November 9, 2017, stated it is currently examining ways to improve the integrity of case-related data that MSPB collects and maintains for all types of appeals. They have tapped an experienced Project Manager for this effort whose team has identified 62 data elements that carry a high degree of criticality. The team plans to perform an audit of FY 2016 data, comparing data entries to the relevant source documents from the case file to determine which of the randomly selected entries is erroneous. From there the audit team will look for patterns in the errors and will interview MSPB personnel who enter data in a attempt to determine why the errors are being made. Ultimately the PM will make a recommendation to MSPB leadership on the measure(s) to be taken to improve the integrity of case-related data. MSPB expects the study to be completed in the Spring of 2018.