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.