Tuesday, February 03, 2015
The Board has jurisdiction over an IRA appeal if the appellant has exhausted his or her administrative remedies before OSC and makes nonfrivolous allegations that: (1) He engaged in whistleblowing activity by making a protected disclosure, and (2) the disclosure was a contributing factor in the agency's decision to take or fail to take a personnel action. Yunus v. Department of Veterans Affairs, 242 F.3d 1367, 1371 (Fed. Cir. 2001). Conclusory, vague, or unsupported allegations are insufficient to qualify as nonfrivolous allegations of IRA jurisdiction. McDonnell v. Department of Agriculture, 108 M.S.P.R. 443, ¶ 7 (2008).