Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Merit Systems Protection Board [MSPB]


(Record Group 479)
1969-94

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 479.1 Administrative History
  • 479.2 Records of the U.S. Civil Service Commission and the MSPB Relating to Appeals 1969-81
    • 479.2.1 Records of the Appeals Examining Office, U.S. Civil Service Commission
    • 479.2.2 Records of MSPB original jurisdiction cases
  • 479.3 Sound Recordings (General)
  • 479.4 Machine-Readable Records (General) 1978-94

479.1 Administrative History

Established: As an independent agency by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1978, effective January 1, 1979, in accordance with EO 12107, December 28, 1978, and the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (92 Stat. 1111), October 13, 1978.

Predecessor Agencies:
  • Grant Civil Service Commission (1871-83)
  • U.S. Civil Service Commission (1883-1979)

Functions: Adjudicates appeals by civil service employees from adverse personnel decisions of federal agencies and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Performs oversight review of OPM actions. Conducts studies to protect the merit system for civil service employment.

Finding Aids: Records now assigned to RG 479 are described in the microfiche edition of the preliminary inventory to RG 146, Records of the U.S. Civil Service Commission, formerly Records of Federal Civil Service Agencies.

Related Records:
Records of the U.S. Senate, RG 46.
Records of the Office of Management and Budget, RG 51.
Records of the U.S. Civil Service Commission, RG 146.
Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards, RG 220.
Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, RG 233.
Records of the Commissions on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government, RG 264.
Records of the Office of Personnel Management, RG 478.

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479.2 Records of the U.S. Civil Service Commission and the MSPB
Relating to Appeals
1969-81

History: An advisory board, popularly known as the Grant Civil Service Commission, established by President Ulysses S. Grant pursuant to an act of March 3, 1871 (16 Stat. 514), authorizing the President to prescribe rules and regulations for the civil service. Superseded by the U.S. Civil Service Commission, an independent regulatory agency, by the Civil Service Act (22 Stat. 403), January 16, 1883. Commission abolished, effective January 1, 1979, with functions dispersed among newly established Federal Labor Relations Authority, OPM, and MSPB. See 478.1.

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479.2.1 Records of the Appeals Examining Office, U.S. Civil
Service Commission

Textual Records: Case records relating to A. Ernest Fitzgerald, a federal employee who was separated from civilian service in the air force in a reduction-in-force effective in January 1970, consisting of transcripts of proceedings, 1971-75; exhibits, ca. 1971-73; and commission working papers, 1969-78.

Sound Recordings: Proceedings, June 1971, January-May 1973 (65 items).

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479.2.2 Records of MSPB original jurisdiction cases

Textual Records: Records in the case of Paul Sullivan, an official in the Small Business Administration charged with political abuse of the merit system in 1980 and ultimately found not guilty by the MSPB, consisting of the transcript of record, transcripts of proceedings, and exhibits, 1980-81.

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479.3 Sound Recordings (General)

See under 479.2.1.

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479.4 Machine-Readable Records (General)
1978-94

Survey on sexual harassment in the federal workplace, 1978-80 (2 data sets), with supporting documentation. Sexual harassment survey, 1987 (1 data set), with supporting documentation. Sexual harassment in the federal workplace, 1994 (1 data set). Survey on the attitudes and actions of federal employees reporting fraud, waste, or mismanagement, 1979-81 (2 data sets), with supporting documentation. Survey on the significant actions of OPM during 1980 (2 data sets), with supporting documentation. Survey on performance appraisal and merit pay among midlevel employees, 1980-81 (2 data sets). Survey on the Senior Executive Service (SES) report for 1981 (2 data sets), with supporting documentation. Survey of former SES members, 1988 (1 data set), with supporting documentation. Federal employees exit survey, 1989 (1 data set), with supporting documentation. Merit principles survey, 1983, 1986, 1989 (3 data sets), with supporting documentation. Survey of federal personnel lists, 1988 (1 data set), with supporting documentation. Effectiveness of federal first-line supervisors, 1991 (4 data sets). Career development survey: women and the glass ceiling in the federal government, 1991-92 (1 data set).


Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.

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This Web version is updated from time to time to include records processed since 1995.


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