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The decision of the Authority follows:


 12 FLRA No. 118
 
 NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
 GEORGE C. MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER
 ALABAMA
 Activity/Petitioner
 
 and
 
 MARSHALL ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS ASSOCIATION
 AFFILIATED WITH INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF
 PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL ENGINEERS
 AFL-CIO, LOCAL 27
 Labor Organization
 
                                            Case No. 4-CU-38
 
                    DECISION AND ORDER CLARIFYING UNIT
 
    Upon a petition duly filed with the Federal Labor Relations Authority
 under section 7111(b)(2) of the Federal Service Labor-Management
 Relations Statute (the Statute), a hearing was held before a hearing
 officer of the Authority.  The hearing officer's rulings made at the
 hearing are free from prejudicial error and are hereby affirmed.
 
    Upon careful consideration of the entire record, including the
 parties' contentions, /1/ the Authority finds:  the Marshall Engineers
 and Scientists Association, affiliated with the International Federation
 of Professional/Technical Engineers, AFL-CIO, Local 27 (Labor
 Organization) was certified as the exclusive representative for a unit
 of all professional engineers and scientists (NASA Classification Code
 Series, 200 and 700) employed by the Marshall Space Flight Center.
 Essentially, the petition seeks to clarify the bargaining unit status of
 numerous employees based on the Activity/Petitioner's allegation that
 they are either supervisors or management officials.  /2/ SUPERVISORS
 
    The Activity contends that the individuals listed in the Appendix are
 supervisors within the meaning of the section 7103(a)(10) of the Statute
 and should be excluded from the unit.  /3/ Of these, the record
 establishes that Leonard Hall, Aerospace Engineer, GS-861-15, PN 22583
 assigns and directs work of subordinates and that these duties are not
 merely routine or clerical in nature, but require the consistent
 exercise of independent judgment.  Accordingly, Hall is a supervisor
 within the meaning of section 7103(a)(10) of the Statute and must be
 excluded from the unit.  The Authority further concludes that the
 remaining employees listed in the Appendix do not exercise any of the
 statutory indicia of supervisory authority;  accordingly, they are not
 supervisors within the meaning of section 7103(a)(10) of the Statute and
 should remain in the unit.  MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS
 
    The Activity contends that Einar Tandberg-Hanssen, Astrophysicist,
 GS-1330-15, PN 19826;  Billy Bass, AST, Technical Management, /4/
 GS-801-14, PN 22908;  Terry Sharpe, Aerospace E