Regulatory Review Initiative
The MSPB received numerous thoughtful comments concerning the proposed amendments to this regulation and, because many of the comments addressed matters that went well beyond the scope of the original proposed rule, the Board decided to withdraw the proposed rule and reconsider the existing regulation in light of the comments and internal discussions spurred by the comments.
Shortly after the withdrawal of the proposed amendments to 5 CFR 1201.56, the Board directed an internal MSPB working group (regulations working group) to thoroughly review 5 CFR 1201.56 and any related issues concerning the MSPB's jurisdiction. The MSPB regulations working group thereafter developed several options for the Board to consider. On November 8, 2013, the Board published a solicitation of public comments in the Federal Register seeking additional public comment on the various options developed by the MSPB regulations working group. 78 FR 67076.
On April 3, 2014, the Board published a proposed rule to amend its regulations governing how jurisdiction is established over Board appeals. 79 FR 18658. The final rule published on January 28, 2015, also responds to the 104 pages of comments we received from 19 commenters following publication of the proposed rule.