July 31, 2009
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AFGE Applauds President Obama's Nominees for Merit System Protection Board

(WASHINGTON)- The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the nation’s largest federal employees union, today applauded President Obama’s picks to lead the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). MSPB is an independent quasi-judicial agency established to protect federal employees against abuses by agency management.

Former AFGE Assistant General Counsel Anne Wagner was tapped as vice chair of MSPB, while long-time AFGE ally Susan Grundmann will assume the top post of chair.

Wagner spent nearly 20 years as an Assistant General Counsel for AFGE before being appointed in 2007 to the Personnel Appeals Board of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) by the U.S. Comptroller General. She most recently served as General Counsel for that board.

“We are very proud of Anne for her continued success in the arena of federal labor law. Having worked with her for close to 20 years I have personally observed her continued growth as an attorney and as a leader. I can honestly say she is the perfect choice,” said AFGE General Counsel Mark Roth.

Roth also spoke highly of Susan Grundmann, the newly appointed chair for MSPB, who prior to her appointment served as General Counsel for the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE). Grundmann worked closely with AFGE’s Office of General Counsel to repeal the National Security Personnel System (NSPS). “Susan was totally dedicated to the process, She was instrumental in assuring the historic 2004 court victory against the Pentagon’s flawed personnel system, “ Roth said. “We look forward to working with Susan and Anne in their new roles,” he added.

“These appointments to the Merit System Protection Board send a clear signal that the Obama Administration values the experience of people who understand the rights of federal employees,” said John Gage, AFGE president.

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