12:0387(83)AR - IRS, Detroit District and NTEU Chapter 24 -- 1983 FLRAdec AR



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12:0387(83)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 12 FLRA No. 83
 
 INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE,
 DETROIT DISTRICT
 Activity
 
 and
 
 NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION,
 CHAPTER 24
 Union
 
                                            Case No. O-AR-233
 
                                 DECISION
 
    This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of
 Arbitrator John E. Drotning filed by the Agency under section 7122(a) of
 the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and
 part 2425 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations.  The Union filed an
 opposition.
 
    The dispute in this matter concerns the ranking process of candidates
 for a vacancy in a revenue officer position.  The grievant applied for
 the position, but was not ranked among the best-qualified candidates.  A
 grievance was filed and submitted to arbitration principally claiming
 that the ranking process was not in conformance with the merit system
 and the parties' collective bargaining agreement.  The Arbitrator found
 that the ranking process was defective and that corrective action as
 provided for in the parties' agreement was warranted.  Accordingly, as
 his award the Arbitrator directed that the relief set forth in Article
 7(15)(C)(3) of the agreement be granted to the grievant.  /1/
 
    In its first exception the Agency contends that the Arbitrator acted
 arbitrarily and capriciously and exceeded