Agency Administration and Structure

The Statute establishes distinct components within the FLRA, including the Authority, the Office of the General Counsel of the Authority, and the Federal Service Impasses Panel.  Presidential appointees are included in each of these three components.  The FLRA structure also includes an Office of Administrative Law Judges.  These components are depicted below in the order in which cases generally process through the FLRA.     The business of the FLRA, and thus the FLRA mission, is to carry out five (5) primary statutory responsibilities as efficiently as possible and in a manner that gives full effect to the rights afforded employees and agencies under the Statute.  Those five primary responsibilities are:

  1. Resolving complaints of unfair labor practices (ULPs)  
  2. Determining the appropriateness of units for labor organization representation (REP)
  3. Adjudicating exceptions to arbitrators' awards (ARB)  
  4. Adjudicating legal issues relating to the duty to bargain (NEG)
  5. Resolving impasses during negotiations (Impasse)

The FLRA components exercise statutorily independent prosecutorial and adjudicative responsibilities, with different and separate legal roles.  The Statute, however, requires the President to designate one of the Authority Members to serve also as the FLRA Chairman, the head of the agency.As the FLRA's chief executive and administrative officer, the FLRA Chairman is responsible for decisions regarding agency-wide administrative functions, such as purchasing, human resources, budgeting, finance, information technology, leasing of office space, and ag