SUMMARY: Today, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved three nominees to the MSPB, which has been without any Board Members for over two years.
Today, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a business meeting to consider the nominations of Cathy Harris, Tristan Leavitt, and Raymond Limon to be members of the MSPB and Ms. Harris to serve as MSPB Chairman. As you may know, the MSPB lost its only Senate-confirmed board member in early 2019 and has not had a quorum on its Board since January 2017, leading to a backlog of over 3,400 cases. This has left the Board unable to issue decisions on whistleblower or other merit system disputes, leaving employees in a state of limbo.
Cathy Harris is a long-time federal employment attorney. Raymond Limon is the chief human capital officer for the Interior Department with federal HR experience at the State Department and Office of Personnel Management. Tristan Leavitt is general counsel for the MSPB, where he’s also served as the agency’s acting chief executive for the last several years while the Board hasn’t had any members. While both Raymond Limon and Tristan Leavitt’s nominations moved forward by voice vote, Cathy Harris’ nomination faced some opposition and was approved today with a 7-6 party line vote. The nominations now move the full Senate for consideration.
NTEU will continue to urge the Senate to move these nominations quickly. I will keep you posted on further developments.