Decision on Request for General Statement of Policy or Guidance



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03:0496(78)PS
The decision of the Authority follows:


 3 FLRA No. 78
 
                                            Case No. 0-PS-16
 
                 DECISION ON REQUEST FOR GENERAL STATEMENT
                           OF POLICY OR GUIDANCE
 
    THE AUTHORITY RECEIVED A REQUEST FROM THE NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES
 UNION THAT THE AUTHORITY ISSUE A GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY CONCERNING
 THE INTERPRETATIONS OF SECTION 7131(D) OF THE STATUTE.  /1/
 
    ACCORDING TO THE REQUEST, THE SPECIFIC MATTER AT ISSUE IS THE
 FOLLOWING:
 
    WHETHER EMPLOYEES WHO ARE ON OFFICIAL TIME UNDER 5 U.S.C.  SECTION
 7131(D) WHILE
 
    REPRESENTING AN EXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATIVE, OR IN CONNECTION WITH OTHER
 MATTERS COVERED BY 5
 
    U.S.C. CHAPTER 71, ARE ENTITLED TO PAYMENTS FROM AGENCIES FOR THEIR
 TRAVEL AND PER DIEM
 
    EXPENSES.
 
    THE AUTHORITY HAS CAREFULLY CONSIDERED THIS REQUEST AND DETERMINED
 THAT THE REQUEST DOES NOT SATISFY THE STANDARDS GOVERNING THE ISSUANCE
 OF GENERAL STATEMENTS OF POLICY AND GUIDANCE SET FORTH IN SECTION 2427.5
 OF THE AUTHORITY'S RULES AND REGULATIONS, 45 FED.  REG. 3516(1980),
 WHICH PROVIDE IN PERTINENT PART:
 
    SECTION 2427.5 STANDARDS GOVERNING ISSUANCE OF GENERAL STATEMENTS OF
 POLICY AND GUIDANCE.
 
    IN DECIDING WHETHER TO ISSUE A GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY OR
 GUIDANCE, THE AUTHORITY SHALL
 
    CONSIDER:
 
    (A) WHETHER THE QUESTION PRESENTED CAN MORE APPROPRIATELY BE RESOLVED
 BY OTHER MEANS. . . .
 
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