Federal Service Impasses Panel Begins Work (4/16/02)

PR 101-03
April 16, 2002

Contact: Jill Crumpacker
202-482-6690, ex. 406

FEDERAL SERVICE IMPASSES PANEL BEGINS WORK

Last week, the Federal Service Impasses Panel (Panel) met in Washington, D.C. to begin formal work. U.S. Department of Labor Solicitor, Eugene Scalia, administered the Oath of Office and presented the Commission of Presidential Appointment to Chairman Becky Norton Dunlop and to Members Richard Barber Ainsworth, Andrea Fischer Newman, and Joseph Carter Whitaker.

Referring to the underlying purpose for the congressional establishment of the Panel and the President’s vision for improving Government, Chairman Dunlop noted, “I look forward to working with Members Ainsworth, Newman, and Whitaker in promoting a citizen-centered, results-oriented perspective that focuses on efficient and effective government.”

The Panel is the component of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) that resolves impasses between Federal agencies and unions representing employees arising from negotiations over conditions of employment.

Breaking from the work of the two-day agenda, the Panel Members and Panel staff greeted representatives of Federal agencies and unions during an open house hosted by FLRA Chairman Dale Cabaniss. “I very much enjoyed meeting the many representatives who took the time to stop by and visit, as did the other Panel Members,” said Chairman Dunlop.“ I am confident that I speak for all of the Panel members in saying that we look forward to working with agencies and unions to resolve bargaining differences, when those differences cannot be resolved by other means,”