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The Inter-American Foundation is an independent Federal agency that supports social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. It makes grants primarily to private, indigenous organizations that carry out self-help projects benefiting poor people.
The Inter-American Foundation was the remainder from the Social Progress created by Congress in 1969 (22 U.S.C. Trust Fund of the Inter-American 290f) to support the self-help efforts of Development Bank. poor people in Latin America and the
The Foundation is governed by a nineCaribbean. The Foundation was
member Board of Directors appointed by established because of congressional the President with the advice and concern that traditional programs of consent of the Senate. By law, six development assistance were not
members of the Board are from private reaching poor people. Instead of working organizations and three are from the through governments, the Foundation Government. responds directly to the initiatives of the The Foundation has made 3,932 poor by supporting local and private grants, totaling nearly $432 million organizations. Approximately 65 percent through fiscal year 1995 in 36 countries of the Foundation's funds are derived of Latin America and the Caribbean. from congressional appropriations and Most grants are made to private,
grassroots organizations, including community associations and small urban enterprises, or to larger organizations that work with local groups and provide them with credit
, technical assistance, training, and marketing services. A small
number of grants each year are made to centers in Latin America and the Caribbean for research on the problems of poor people and grassroots development.
For further information, contact the Office of the President, Inter-American Foundation, 901 North Stuart Street, Arlington, VA 22203. Phone, 703-841-3810.
MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD
BENJAMIN L. ERDREICH Chief Counsel to the Chairman
STEVEN L. KATZ Counsel to the Chairman
WILLIAM B. WILEY Legal Specialist to the Chairman
DENISE L. MILLER Chief of Staff
ANITA LACY BOLES Vice Chair
BETH S. SLAVET Chief Counsel
ELLA B. CHATTERSEE Counsels to the Vice Chair
ALEXIA MCCASKILL, MARILYN PARK Member
ANTONIO C. AMADOR Chief Counsel
VICTOR CABRAL Executive Assistant
PAUL G. STREB
STEPHEN E. ALPERN Director, Office of Regional Operations
DARRELL L. NETHERTON
ROBERT W. LAWSHE
BARBARA B. WADE
ROBERT E. TAYLOR
MARY L. JENNINGS
SUSAN L. WILLIAMS
JANICE E. FRITTS Opportunity (For the Merit Systems Protection Board statement of organization, see the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 5, Part 1200)
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 systems, hears and decides charges of wrongdoing and employee appeals of adverse agency actions, and orders corrective and disciplinary actions when appropriate.
The Merit Systems Protection Board is a Board has the authority to enforce its successor agency to the United States decisions and to order corrective and Civil Service Commission, established by disciplinary actions. An employee or act of January 16, 1883 (22 Stat. 403). applicant for employment involved in an Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1978 (5
appealable action that also involves an U.S.C. app.), effective January 1, 1979,
allegation of discrimination may ask the pursuant to Executive Order 12107 of
Equal Employment Opportunity December 28, 1978, redesignated part of
Commission to review a Board decision. the Commission as the Merit Systems
Final decisions and orders of the Board Protection Board. The Board's duties and
can be appealed to the U.S. Court of authority are specified in 5 U.S.C. 1201
Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 1206.
The Board reviews regulations issued Activities
by the Office of Personnel Management The Board has responsibility for hearing
and has the authority to require agencies and adjudicating appeals by Federal
to cease compliance with any regulation employees of adverse personnel actions,
that could constitute a prohibited such as removals, suspensions, and
personnel practice. It also conducts demotions. It also resolves cases
special studies of the civil service and involving reemployment rights, the
other executive branch merit systems denial of periodic step increases in pay, and reports to the President and the actions against administrative law
Congress on whether the Federal work judges, and charges of prohibited
force is being adequately protected personnel practices, including charges in against political abuses and prohibited connection with whistleblowing. The personnel practices.
Regional Offices Merit Systems Protection Board
401 W. Peachtree St. NW., 30308
Thomas J. Lanphear 404-730-2751 31st Fl., 230 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60604 Martin W. Baumgaertner 312-353-2923 Am. 501, 2d & Chestnut Sts., Philadelphia, PA Lonnie L. Crawford, Jr. 215-597-9960
For further information, contact the Merit Systems Protection Board, 1120 Vermont Avenue NW.,