Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act (FAIR) Supplemental Letter

July 7, 2000

Sylvia M. Mathews
Deputy Director
Office of Management and Budget
Washington, DC 20503

Dear Ms. Mathews:

On June 22, 2000, the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) submitted its Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act inventory of commercial activities performed by Federal employees. The purpose of this letter is to supplement that submission by providing certain additional information which we have been advised is required.

Annual Management Report

The FLRA is an independent regulatory agency responsible for directing the labor-management relations program for 1.9 million non-postal Federal employees world-wide, nearly 1.1 million of whom are exclusively represented in approximately 2,200 bargaining units. The FLRA is charged by the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) with: providing leadership in establishing policies and guidance relating to Federal sector labor-management relations; resolving disputes arising among Federal agencies and unions representing Federal employees; and ensuring compliance with the Statute. The total employee complement during FY 1999 was 212.7 full time equivalents (FTE's), approximately 80 percent of whom are performing inherently governmental activities related to the program we administer. To complete FLRA's FY 1999 FAIR Act inventory, we extensively reviewed the entire agency employment complement. At that point, we had already contracted with private sector vendors for computer system programming and help desk functions. Additionally, we also had already contracted with other Federal agencies for accounting system support, travel voucher processing, and payroll and personnel processing. Many of the retained commercial activities FTE's listed on the inventory in large part interface with contract support. It was concluded that there were no additional positions which could be contracted out. The FLRA has not received any FAIR administrative challenges or appeals.

For the FY 2000 inventory, we reviewed the extensive analysis that had been done in FY 1999, and determined that there were no changes from what had been submitted last year, except for the application of newly listed function codes. The type activities that we had been contracting for continue to be acquired in that manner.

Summary Information

For FY 2000, the FLRA has an authorization of 221 positions, although budget and staffing considerations dictate that actual FTE's for the FY will be approximately 216. The FLRA's FY 2000 authorized budget is $23,781,000, approximately 3 percent ($719,000) of which is for resources already committed to service contract support.

The FLRA's central point of contact for the inventory, and for agency challenge and appeal filing instructions is Harold Kessler (202) 482-6690, ex. 440.

Yours truly,
 

Solly Thomas
Executive Director<