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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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File an Employee Appeal

A District government employee shall initiate an appeal by filing a petition for appeal with the Office of Employee Appeals (OEA). The petition for appeal must be filed within 30 calendar days of the effective date of action being appealed. This deadline is set by statute (DC Official Code 1-606.03) and may not be waived by OEA. The petition for appeal will be deemed filed on the date it is received by the Office.

The employee must file one (1) original and two (2) copies of the petition for appeal. Approved Petition for Appeal forms [PDF] may be downloaded and are also available at the Office of Employee Appeals at the address below. Although the Office prefers that the official appeal form be used, petitions may also be made without the use of the approved form; for more information, see Written Petition for Appeal.

Petitions for appeal may be mailed or personally delivered from 9 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday, to:

Office of Employee Appeals
955 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Suite 2500
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 727-0004

Alternatively, you may email your petition for appeal to [email protected].

Along with the petition for appeal, the employee shall also submit:

  • A statement as to whether the employee requests an evidentiary hearing or oral argument
  • A concise statement of the facts giving rise to the appeal
  • An explanation as to why the employee believes the agency’s action was unwarranted
  • A statement of the specific relief the employee is requesting
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