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Federal Labor Relations Authority

1400 K Street NW., Washington, DC 20005


CHAIR Patrick Pizzella, Acting
Member Ernest DuBester
Member (vacancy)
Executive Director (vacancy)
Chief Counsel to the Chairman James T. Abbott
Chief, Case Intake and Publication (vacancy)
Solicitor Fred B. Jacob
Inspector General Dana Rooney
Chief Administrative Law Judge Charles R. Center
General Counsel Peter A. Sutton, Acting


CHAIR (vacancy)
Member (vacancy)
Member (vacancy)
Member (vacancy)
Member (vacancy)
Member (vacancy)
Member (vacancy)
Executive Director Kimberly D. Moseley


CHAIR Patrick Pizzella, Acting
Member Herman J. Cohen
Member Stephen R. Ledford


CHAIR (vacancy)
Member Betty Bolden
Member William C. Hansen
Member John C. Sullivan
Member Shawn Hooper

The Federal Labor Relations Authority oversees labor-management relations between the Federal Government and its employees.

Organizational Chart

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) was created as an independent establishment by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1978 (5 U.S.C. app.), effective January 1, 1979, pursuant to Executive Order 12107 of December 28, 1978, to consolidate the central policymaking functions in Federal labor-management relations. Its duties and authority are specified in Title VII (Federal Service Labor-Management Relations) of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. 7101-7135).

The FLRA comprises three members whom the President nominates and Senate confirms to 5-year terms. The Chair of the Authority serves as the chief executive and administrative officer. The Chair also presides over the Foreign Service Labor Relations Board. The General Counsel investigates alleged unfair labor practices, files and prosecutes unfair labor practice complaints before the Authority, and exercises other powers that the Authority may prescribe.


The Authority adjudicates disputes arising under the Federal Labor-Management Relations Program, deciding cases concerning the negotiability of collective bargaining agreement proposals, appeals concerning unfair labor practices and representation petitions, and exceptions to grievance arbitration awards. It also assists Federal agencies and unions in understanding their rights and responsibilities under the program.

The Federal Service Impasses Panel, an entity within the FLRA, assists in resolving negotiation impasses between agencies and unions. The Panel can either recommend procedures to the parties for the resolution of the impasse or assist the parties in resolving the impasse through whatever methods and procedures it considers appropriate, including fact-finding and mediation-arbitration. If the parties do not arrive at a voluntary settlement after receiving Panel assistance, the Panel may take whatever action is necessary to resolve the impasse, including the imposition of contract terms.

The Foreign Service Labor Relations Board and the Foreign Service Impasse Disputes Panel administer provisions of chapter 2 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22 U.S.C. 3921) concerning labor-management relations. This chapter establishes a statutory labor-management relations program for Foreign Service employees of the U.S. Government. Administrative and staff support is provided by the Federal Labor Relations Authority and the Federal Service Impasses Panel.

Sources of Information

Electronic Filing

To use the FLRA's electronic case filing system, register online and create a user profile. Email addresses are the case filing system's primary means of identifying electronic filers.

Career Opportunities

The FLRA posts announcements for job openings on USAJobs. For more information, contact the Human Resources Division. Phone, 202-218-7979.

The FLRA ranks among the best places to work in the Federal Government.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FLRA maintains an electronic FOIA reading room.

If the desired information is unavailable in the reading room or elsewhere on the FLRA's Web site, then a written FOIA request may be necessary to access the information. To learn how to submit a FOIA request, consult the "Frequently Asked Questions" section.


Members of the media should contact the Counsel for Regulatory and Public Affairs if they have questions or seek information. Phone, 202-218-7776.


The FLRA posts press releases on its Web site. The online archives contain press releases from 2009 through 2014.

Open Government

The FLRA supports the Federal Government's efforts to increase collaboration, participation, and transparency.

Plain Language

The FLRA adheres to Federal plain language guidelines. To comply with the Plain Writing Act of 2010, the agency relies on the general public. If a document or Web page is difficult to understand, alert the FLRA's writers and editors via email to the lack of clarity. | Email: | Email:

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