14:0105(21)CA - IRS, Wichita District and NTEU -- 1984 FLRAdec CA



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14:0105(21)CA
The decision of the Authority follows:


 14 FLRA No. 21
 
 INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
 WICHITA DISTRICT
 Respondent
 
 and
 
 NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION
 Charging Party
 
                                            Case No. 7-CA-20105
 
                            DECISION AND ORDER
 
    This matter is before the Authority pursuant to the Acting Regional
 Director's "Order Transferring Case to the Federal Labor Relations
 Authority" in accordance with section 2429.1(a) of the Authority's Rules
 and Regulations.
 
    Upon consideration of the entire record in this case, including the
 stipulation of facts and the parties' contentions, /1/ the Authority
 finds:
 
    The complaint alleges that the Respondent refused to comply with
 section 7131(a) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations
 Statute (the Statute) by its conduct in failing and refusing to
 authorize payment of travel and per diem expenses incurred by Robert
 Bates, the designated employee representative of the Union in mid-term
 negotiations conducted on November 23 and 24, 1981, in violation of
 section 7116(a)(1) and (8) of the Statute.
 
    The dispositive facts and positions of the parties are substantially
 identical to those involved in Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
 v. FLRA, 104 S.Ct. 439(1983) wherein the United States Supreme Court
 concluded that the obligation of an agency under section 7131(a) of the
 Statute to provide o