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About OEA

The Office of Employee Appeals (OEA) is an independent agency of the District of Columbia Government created by the DC Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act (CMPA) of 1978 (DC Code 1-601.01 et seq.). Our mission is to administer the CMPA by adjudicating employee appeals and rendering impartial decisions with sound legal reasoning in a timely manner.

The Office hears and resolves appeals filed by District government employees involving the following personnel actions:

  • Adverse actions for cause that result in removal, reduction in grade, or suspension for 10 days or more
  • Reductions-in-force (RIF)
  • Performance ratings which result in the removal of the employee
  • Placement of employee on enforced leave that lasts 10 days or more

OEA is governed by a five-member board, and has a full staff to process appeals filed by the District government’s 40,000 member workforce. The hearing unit consists of five full-time and two part-time Administrative Judges.