KEITH, Circuit Judge:
This appeal arises from the district court's grant of appellee United States Postal Service's motion to dismiss appellant Hilliard's complaint for failure to file suit
Appellant, a handicapped person, brought this action before the Merit Systems Protection Board ("MSPB") claiming that his discharge from the United States Postal Service was without just cause and in violation of his civil rights. The MSPB held that appellant's discharge was proper, that appellant had failed to establish a prima facie case of handicap discrimination, and that even if appellant had been able to establish a prima facie case of handicap discrimination, appellee had proven that it had made a reasonable accommodation for the handicap. Pursuant to the provisions of 5 U.S.C. § 7703(b)(2), the MSPB advised appellant that he had "the right to file a civil action ... no later than 30 days after the Board's decision becomes final."
Appellant sought to obtain review of the MSPB decision by filing suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
The issue in this case concerns whether a petition is timely filed pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 7703(b)(2) where the limitations period expires on a Sunday (or Saturday or legal holiday) and the petition is filed on Monday (or the next day the courthouse is open). Appellant argues that notions of fundamental fairness require that the limitations period be extended to allow the petition to be filed the following day when the courthouse is open. Appellant further argues that Fed.R.Civ.P. 6(a) should be applied to extend the limitations period.
Appellee argues that 5 U.S.C. § 7703(b)(2) is absolute and requires that the suit be filed within 30 days. Thus, appellee argues that the limitations period cannot be extended to confer jurisdiction where the suit is filed on the 31st day, even though the 30th day falls on a Sunday. We agree with the appellee's contention.
The court of appeals reviews de novo a district court's decision on subject matter jurisdiction. Clayton v. Republic Airlines, Inc., 716 F.2d 729, 730 (9th Cir.1983). The court may affirm on any ground supported by the record even though the grounds relied on by the district court are different from the ones outlined by the appellate court. See Salmeron v. United States, 724 F.2d 1357, 1364 (9th Cir.1983).
Two circuits have recently ruled on the issue of whether the 30 day time limit of 5 U.S.C. § 7703(b)(2) is a jurisdictional prerequisite to filing suit. Both have determined that section 7703(b)(2) is jurisdictional and is not subject to enlargement. King v. Dole, 782 F.2d 274 (D.C.Cir.), cert. denied, ___ U.S. ___, 107 S.Ct. 194, 93 L.Ed.2d 126 (1986); Lofton v. Heckler, 781 F.2d 1390 (9th Cir.1986). In King, appellant appealed from a district court order dismissing the suit she filed 31 days after the MSPB's order affirming her removal from her civil service position. The district court held that the suit was not filed within the 30 day period provided pursuant to 5
The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the district court. The court noted that the timeliness provision of 5 U.S.C. § 7703(b)(1)
In the present case, appellant's arguments that the notions of fundamental fairness require that the limitations period be extended is without merit. We agree with the holdings in King and Lofton and find that the 30 day limitations period for filing an appeal under 5 U.S.C. § 7703(b)(2) is a jurisdictional prerequisite to judicial review of an MSPB decision and cannot be extended. Thus, once appellant failed to file his action within the 30 day limitation period, the district court properly dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction.
Appellant's argument that Fed.R.Civ.P. 6(a)
The reasoning of Rust is equally applicable here. See United States v. Glass Nursing & Convalescent Homes, Inc., 550 F.Supp. 1149, 1151 (S.D.Ohio 1982) (dicta). Rule 6(a) cannot save appellant's claim by expanding the limitations period to thirty-one days, even though the thirtieth day fell on a Sunday. Thus, the district court did not err in dismissing the action.
Accordingly, for the reasons set forth herein, we affirm the judgment of the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons.