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Effective Oct. 1, 2023, OEA has introduced another option for filing Petitions for Appeal and Petitions for Review.
In addition to filing these documents by mail or in person, they may now be filed by email at [email protected].
View New Rules for the Office of Employee Appeals.

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Governing Statutes and Jurisdiction

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 Official Code §1-601.01 et seq. The authority to hear appeals of District of Columbia employees is defined in DC Official Code §1-606.03, which states in part:

(a) An employee may appeal a final agency decision affecting a performance rating which results in removal of the employee (pursuant to subchapter XIII-A of this chapter), an adverse action for cause that results in removal, reduction in force (pursuant to subchapter XXIV of this chapter), reduction in grade, placement on enforced leave, or suspension for 10 days or more (pursuant to subchapter XVI-A of this chapter) to the Office upon the record and pursuant to other rules and regulations which the Office may issue. Any appeal shall be filed within 30 days of the effective date of the appealed agency action.

Any appeal must be filed with OEA within 30 days of the effective date of the agency's final action. For more information, see the following: