FLRA Message Regarding the Shutdown of Operations Due to a Lapse in Appropriations

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) is currently closed due to a lapse in appropriations. FLRA offices, including all Office of the General Counsel Regional Offices, are not accepting filings except as provided below and no FLRA personnel are available for that purpose.

The FLRA's Office of the General Counsel's National Office is open, however, for the limited purpose of accepting charges that involve a strike, work stoppage, slowdown, or picketing of an agency in a labor-management dispute that interferes with an agency's operations (5 U.S.C. § 7116(b)(7)), and that involve employees/agencies who protect life and property (e.g., border patrols, air traffic controllers, meat inspectors, heath care personnel, national defense and national security personnel). Accordingly, any such charges must be filed with the General Counsel's National Office by fax at: (202) 482-6608. Do not use the FLRA’s Case eFiling System to file these charges, as the system is not currently being monitored. Agency personnel can be reached in connection with such filings at: (202) 218-7910.

In determining whether or not the time periods for filings and the submission of information and evidence with the FLRA are met, the FLRA will take into account the period of time that the FLRA is closed due to a lapse in appropriations. However, the FLRA’s ability to modify the filing time limits set forth in the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute for certain matters – unfair labor practice (ULP) charges, representation petitions, negotiability petition