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NPR 3771.1
Effective Date: May 07, 1999
Expiration Date: February 28, 2016
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(NASA Only)

Subject: Grievance System (Revalidated w/Change 1 05/05/2006)

Responsible Office: Office of Human Capital Management

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Appendix D: Other Avenues of Redress

The following reflects only a cursory description of other avenues of redress and should not be relied upon totally. For details of the specific procedures involved, employees should consult with the appropriate offices.

1. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

1.1. Classification Appeal

1.1.1. General Schedule employees may appeal a classification by taking either of the following actions:

a. Requesting a review within NASA and, if dissatisfied, requesting a review by OPM.

b. Filing a request directly with OPM.

1.1.2. Federal Wage System employees must first file with NASA.

1.1.3. OPM decisions are final with no further appeal.

1.2. Other. Employees may request OPM to review certain decisions regarding retirement rights and examination ratings.

2. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Allegations of illegal discrimination must be processed by NASA, pursuant to EEOC regulations. Decisions rendered under this procedure may be appealed to EEOC. Bargaining unit employees should follow discrimination-complaint procedures in their collective bargaining agreement, if applicable.

3. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)

Employees may appeal removals, suspensions over 14 days, reductions in grade or pay, furloughs of 30 days or less, within-grade denials, and reductions in force to MSPB. The extent of an employee`s MSPB rights will vary, based on such factors as the pay system by which the employee is covered and whether or not the employee is in a probationary status.

4. Office of Special Counsel (OSC)

4.1. OSC addresses complaints concerning the following allegations:

a. Prohibited personnel practices.

b. Prohibited political activity (Hatch Act violations).

c. Actions taken in reprisal for "whistle-blowing" activities.

5. Office of Inspector General (OIG)

Complaints or information concerning possible violation(s) of law, rules, or regulations, or mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority, or danger to the public health and safety may go to the OIG. Ordinarily, the OIG will not act on matters for which there is another complaint process, such as a grievance or discrimination complaint. However, investigations may be conducted on the basis of matters referred by OSC or MSPB.

6. Additional Information

Center Human Resources Offices can provide further information concerning these other avenues or can direct interested employees to offices that can provide further information.

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