Yesterday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee heard testimony from and asked questions of Dennis D. Kirk to be Chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB or Board), as well as Hon. Julia A. Clark and Andrew F. Maunz to be members of the MSPB.
Much of the discussion at the hearing centered on the backlog of almost 1,300 cases at the MSPB, owing to the fact that the Board has not had sufficient members to adjudicate cases since January 2017. The nominees were each questioned about how the backlog could be reduced. Though two of the nominees have had experience dealing with backlogs at federal agencies, all three said it would first require reviewing the situation before deciding on a plan, should they be confirmed.
NTEU sent a letter in support of Julia Clark, given her prior work experience at a federal employee labor organization and more recently as General Counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Once the committee votes on the nominees, if affirmative, the names will go to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote. I will keep you apprised of the outcome.