Certain disciplinary actions may be appealed to the TSA Office of Professional Responsibility Appellate Board (OPRAB) pursuant to TSA MD 1100.77-1. The following actions are appealable:
Probationary employees cannot appeal removal actions.
OPRAB does not have the authority to resolve Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints.
OPRAB appeals must contain:
copies of the proposal notice;
the employee's reply (if any);
the decision notice, any documentary evidence relied on;
relief requested; and
a written designation of representation that contains the signature of the TSA employee.
A sample statement could be as simple as I, [name], designate [AFGE/representatives name] as my representative for the purpose of filing an appeal on my behalf with the Office of Professional Responsibility Appellate Board. [Signature].
The OPRAB will not accept an email as a designation.
Similar to the grievance process, OPRAB timelines are significant and need to be watched closely.
After the Agency issues the Notice of Proposed Discipline, the TSA employee has 7 days to respond to the allegations in writing, if he/she so chooses.
Based upon the Proposal and the Response, the Agency issues a Notice of Decision.
Once the Decision is issued, The TSA employee has 30 days to file an appeal with the OPRAB.
After the OPRAB issues its decision, the employee has 30 days to file a request for reconsideration;however, the OPRAB only reconsiders a decision if it appears that it misinterpreted facts or misapplied TSA policy.
Note: the TSA employee can request an extension with the OPRAB.