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the use, control, supply, movement, distribution, exchange, interchange, and return of railroad equipment. Under certain conditions, it is authorized to direct the handling and movement of traffic over a railroad and its distribution over other lines of railroads.

In the transportation service area, the Commission grants the right to operate to railroads, trucking companies, bus lines, freight forwarders, water carriers, and transportation brokers. It also approves applications to construct and abandon railroad lines.

Although public hearings on matters before the Commission may be held at any point throughout the country, final decisions are made at the Washington, DC, headquarters in all formal proceedings. These cases include rulings upon rate changes, applications to engage in for-hire transport, carrier mergers, adversary proceedings on complaint actions, and punitive measures taken in enforcement matters.

Consumer protection programs involve ensuring that the public obtains full measure of all transportation services to which entitlement is guaranteed by the Interstate Commerce Act. This law ensures that rates will be fair and service will be reasonable. Discrimination, preferential treatment, or prejudicial actions by carriers are illegal, and instances of such violations should be brought to the attention of the Commission at its headquarters or any field office.

The Office of Special Counsel was created by the Commission in November 1978 to help determine the public interest in proceedings subject to ICC jurisdiction. The Office can participate as a party or as an aid in the establishment of a record in those proceedings in which the public interest would be otherwise inadequately represented. The Office has authority to appear before the Commission, other agencies, and the courts. The Office is now part of the Office of Public Assistance.

The Regional Rail Reorganization Act of 1973 created in early 1974 a Rail Services Planning Office to ensure that public interest is represented in the restructuring and revitalization of

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Sources of Information

Consumer Affairs Among the many consumer-oriented services are a series of advisory bulletins alerting the public and prospective transportation users to the existence of certain transportation problems and a regulation requiring household goods carriers to furnish an information bulletin to each prospective customer. These public advisories may be obtained from the Office of Compliance and Consumer Assistance, Interstate Commerce Commission, Washington, DC 20423. Phone, 202275-7849.

Contracts and Procurement Inquiries regarding the Commission's procurement and contracting activities should be addressed to the Chief, Procurement and Contracting Branch, Interstate Commerce Commission, Washington, DC 20423. Phone, 202-275-0890.

Employment Send applications for
employment to the Director of
Personnel, Interstate Commerce
Commission, Washington, DC 20423.
Phone, 202-275-7288.

Publications A complete list of
publications, including explanatory
material on the operation and activities
of the Interstate Commerce Commission,
and on special consumer-related fields
such as household goods movements
and small shipments, is available. This list

may be obtained from the Office of Government and Public Affairs, Room 4111, Interstate Commerce Commission, Washington, DC 20423. Phone, 202275-7252.

Reading Rooms The library and several rooms at ICC headquarters are available for record inspection and copying. Requests for access to public records should be made at the Office of the Secretary, Room 2215, ICC Building, or write to the Secretary, Interstate Commerce Commission, Washington, DC 20423. Phone, 202-275-7428. Small Business Activities The Commission maintains a Public Assistance Office to help the small

business owner or transportation firm in

such matters as how to file protests on rates, how to file for new operating authority or extensions, or how to get adequate service where there is none. Inquiries should be addressed to the Public Assistance Office, Room 3125, Interstate Commerce Commission, Washington, DC 20423. Phone, 202275-7597.

Speakers Requests for speakers to discuss subjects relating to the Commission's organization, operations, procedures, and regulations should be directed to the Office of Government and Public Affairs, Interstate Commerce Commission, Washington, DC 20423. Phone, 202-275-7252.

For further general information, contact the Office of Government and Public Affairs, Interstate Commerce Commission, Room 4111, Twelfth Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20423. Phone, 202-275-7119. For consumer assistance, contact the Office of Compliance and Consumer Assistance, Interstate Commerce Commission, Room 4412, Twelfth Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20423. Phone, 202-275-7849.

MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD

1120 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20419

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The Merit Systems Protection Board protects the integrity of Federal merit systems and the rights of Federal employees working in the systems. In overseeing the personnel practices of the Federal Government, the Board conducts special studies of the merit system, hears and decides charges of wrongdoing and employee appeals of adverse agency actions, and orders corrective and disciplinary actions against an executive agency or employee when appropriate.

The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) is a successor agency to the United States Civil Service Commission, established by act of January 16, 1883 (22 Stat. 403). Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.), effective January 1, 1979, pursuant to Executive Order 12107 of December 28, 1978, redesignated part of the Commission as the Merit Systems Protection Board. The Board's duties and authority are specified in the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. 1201-1209).

Activities

MSPB has responsibility for hearing and adjudicating appeals by Federal employees of adverse personnel actions, such as removals, suspensions, and demotions. It also resolves cases involving reemployment rights, the denial of periodic step-increases in pay, actions against administrative law judges, and charges of merit system violations. The

Board has the authority to enforce its decisions and to order corrective and disciplinary actions. An employee or applicant for employment involved in an appealable action that also involves an allegation of discrimination may ask the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to review a Board decision. Final decisions and orders of the Board can be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

MSPB reviews regulations issued by the Office of Personnel Management and has the authority to require agencies to cease compliance with any regulation that could constitute a prohibited personnel practice. The Board also conducts special studies on the civil service and other executive branch merit systems and reports to the President and the Congress on whether the Federal work force is being adequately protected against political abuses and prohibited personnel practices.

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Chicago, IL (31st Fl., 230 S. Dearborn St., 60604)
Dallas, TX (Rm. 6F20, 1100 Commerce St., 75242)
Falls Church, VA (Suite 1109, 5203 Leesburg Pike, 22041)
Golden, CO (730 Simms St., 80401)

New York, NY (Rm. 2341, 26 Federal Plaza, 10278)..
Philadelphia, PA (Rm. 501, 2d and Chestnut Sts., 19106).
San Francisco, CA (Rm. 2800, 525 Market St., 94105)..
Seattle, WA (Rm. 1840, 915 2d Ave., 98174) ..

P.J. Winzer

(Vacancy).

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For further information, contact the Merit Systems Protection Board, 1120 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20419. Phone, 202-653-7124.

OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL COUNSEL

1120 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20005 Phone, 202-653-7188; or toll free, 1-800-872-9855

Special Counsel

Deputy Special Counsel

Associate Special Counsel for Planning and

Oversight

Associate Special Counsel for Prosecution Associate Special Counsel for Investigation Director, Operations Management Division

MARY F. WIESEMAN ERIN MCDONNELL SHIGEKI J. SUGIYAMA

WILLIAM REUKAUF

ROBERT L'HEUREUX WILLIAM E. CALDWELL

The Office of the Special Counsel investigates prohibited personnel practices and allegations of activities prohibited by civil service laws, rules, and regulations and prosecutes officials who violate civil service rules and regulations before the Merit Systems Protection Board.

The Office of the Special Counsel is an independent investigative and prosecutorial agency that litigates before the Merit Systems Protection Board. The Office is responsible for investigating allegations of prohibited personnel practices, prohibited political activities by Federal and certain State and local employees, arbitrary or capricious withholding of information in violation of the Freedom of Information Act, prohibited discrimination when found by appropriate authority, and other activities prohibited by any civil service law, rule, or regulation.

The Office of the Special Counsel also is responsible for receiving and referring to the appropriate agency information that indicates a violation of any law, rule, or regulation, mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.

Field offices are located in Dallas, TX (Rm. 2B29, 1100 Commerce St., 75242; phone, 214-767-8871) and San

Francisco, CA (P.O. Box 36007, Rm. 11454, 450 Golden Gate Ave., 94102; phone, 415-556-9450).

For further information, contact the Office of the Special Counsel, 1120 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20005. Phone, 202-653-7188; or toll free, 1-800-872-9855.

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