24:0091(11)AR - HHS, SSA and AFGE -- 1986 FLRAdec AR



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24:0091(11)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 24 FLRA No. 11
 
 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND 
 HUMAN SERVICES, SOCIAL SECURITY
 ADMINISTRATION
 Agency
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT 
 EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO
 Union
 
                                            Case No. 0-AR-1262
 
                        ORDER DISMISSING EXCEPTIONS
 
    This case is before the Authority on exceptions to the bench rulings
 of Arbitrator Justin Smith filed by the Agency pursuant to section
 7122(a) of the Federal Service Labor Management Relations Statute and
 section 2425.1 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations.  For the reason
 stated below, it has been determined that the exceptions must be
 dismissed as untimely filed.
 
    This case involves a dispute submitted to the Arbitrator concerning
 official time for representational activities.  By agreement of the
 parties, a two-phase arbitration process was established to resolve the
 basic dispute and the resulting numerous individual grievances.  The
 first phase involved the interpretation of the official time provisions
 of the Statute and the parties' collective bargaining agreement.  In the
 second phase, the Arbitrator held hearings to resolve, by bench
 decisions when practicable, specific grievances pending in various
 regions of the Agency.  The exceptions in this case have been filed to
 bench decisions of the Arbitrator rendered at ex parte hearings held on
 September