H.R. 1224, Merit Systems Protection Board Empowerment Act of 2021

Source: US Congressional Budget Office

H.R. 1224 would authorize the appropriation of whatever amounts are necessary for the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) for fiscal years 2022 through 2026. The MSPB is an independent quasi-judicial agency that oversees the federal merit system, protects federal employees from prohibited personnel practices, and prosecutes violators of civil service rules and regulations. The bill also would make changes to how the MSPB collects information and trains employees.

In 2021, the MSPB received an appropriation of $44 million. On that basis and accounting for the effects of anticipated inflation, CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $46 million in 2022 and growing to $53 million in 2026, to fund the MSPB’s operations. In total, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1224 would cost $242 million over the
2022-2026 period, assuming appropriation of the estimated amounts.

The costs of the legislation, detailed in Table 1, fall within budget function 800 (general government).