H.R. 4197, All Circuit Review Extension Act

H.R. 4197

All Circuit Review Extension Act

Sponsor
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings

Date
July 14, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, July 14, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4197, the All Circuit Review Extension Act, under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 4197 was introduced on March 11, 2014 by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and referred to the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4197 extends, for an additional three years, a two year pilot program established under the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPA) allowing “all circuit” review of appeals of Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) decisions.

Background

On November 27, 2012, the President signed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) into law, which created a two year pilot program allowing “all circuit” reviews of MSPB decisions.  Previously, the Federal Circuit had exclusive jurisdiction over MSPB decision appeals.  Due to the Federal Circuit’s record of ruling against whistleblowers, Congress created a two-year pilot program that allowed appellants to file appeals in any circuit court of competent jurisdiction.  This authority is set to expire on November 27, 2014.  This legislation would extend that authority through November, 2017.

Cost

CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would have an insignificant effect on direct spending.[1]

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[1] http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45233

Additional Information

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