Welcome to the website of MSPB Watch LLC, a New Mexico-based newsgathering and publishing company that seeks to hold the federal government honest and accountable by focusing on the custodians of the civil service: the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. MSPB Watch is owned and operated by David Pardo, an attorney, federal whistleblower, and former lawyer with the Federal Aviation Administration.
MSPB Watch went live on October 23, 2011 and maintained an active presence in the civil service and whistleblower online arena until 2014-15, when David’s deepening involvement as a practicing lawyer before the MSPB, as well as the prosecution of his own whistleblower retaliation case, made it challenging to simultaneously pursue all of these opportunities.
In light of these complexities, David made the difficult but necessary call to reduce his involvement with MSPB Watch and indefinitely suspend certain recurring features, only posting on an as-needed or extraordinary basis.
The most sought-after features on MSPB Watch include A Month in Merit Protection, which recapped relevant developments at OSC, MSPB, the judiciary and Congress; an annual summary of adjudication statistics; and a free online casebook for federal whistleblowers and litigants.
The back pages of MSPB Watch include an extensive collection of historical documents detailing the passage of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, which created MSPB and OSC. Additional research pages, dealing with MSPB and OSC reports, the Freedom of Information Act, reports mandated by the No FEAR Act of 2002, and the legislative authority of Inspectors General, may be updated and developed on an ongoing basis as a service to the public.
Eventually, David hopes to author and publish e-guidebooks for pro se litigants at the MSPB, which may be sold under the banner of MSPB Watch. And, if compelled by political circumstances, MSPB Watch may once again take on a more active role in reporting on the federal civil service. For now, anyone wishing to emulate or build on these projects is welcome to do so – David’s contact information is available here.