Background


The Merit
Systems Protection Board is an independent, quasi-judicial agency in the
Executive branch that serves as the guardian of Federal merit systems. The
Board was established by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1978, which was codified
by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA), Public Law No. 95-454. The
CSRA, which became effective January 11, 1979, replaced the Civil Service
Commission with three new independent agencies: Office of Personnel Management
(OPM), which manages the Federal work force; Federal Labor Relations Authority
(FLRA), which oversees Federal labor-management relations; and, the Board.


In July of
2015, they suffered a catastrophic system failure, which resulted in loss of
data, and a striking blow to the functioning capability of the MSPB. According
to one of the reports below:


Unfortunately,
in late June 2015, MSPB experienced a significant disruption in its IT infrastructure
resulting in the loss of MSPB’s virtual environment as well as the loss of
employee working and archived documents. The IT outage also had an adverse
impact on the achievement of MSPB objectives related to implementation of
surveys of current web-users, progress on e-Adjudication, and progress on
obtaining a secure, cloud-based survey capability essential for our studies and
customer survey functions. We know this event was not the result of a malicious
internal or external action and did not result in release of sensitive
information or in the loss of official adjudication documents. However,
recovering from the event, recreating the virtual environment, and
re-establishing the confidence MSPB employees have in the IT systems and
processes will take time. In moving forward with its IT stability and
modernization initiatives, MSPB is cognizant of recent data breaches in other
agencies, and will consider the new Federal cybersecurity requirements, as
applicable.


Below,
you will find documents relating to this outage. These were obtained under MSPB
FOIA Case MSPB-2016-000174.


Document Archive


 Assessment
and Recommendations Prepared for: Merit Systems Protection Board (Kelyn
Professional Services), 8/14/2015
[11 Pages, 0.6MB]


 VMware
Desktop Virtualization Health Check Services: Health Check Report for MSPB
(VMware Professional Services), 9/14/2015
  [50 Pages, 0.5MB]



 Final
Report – U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) IT Assessment Project
(Cask, LLC), 10/30/2015
  [51 Pages, 2.5MB]

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