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The decision of the Authority follows:
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FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
LOS ANGELES REGIONAL OFFICE
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION
February 20, 1992
Before Chairman McKee and Members Talkin and Armendariz.
I. Statement of the Case
This unfair labor practice case is before the Authority on a motion filed by the Respondent seeking reconsideration of an Authority Order. That Order dismissed the Respondent's exceptions to a decision of the Administrative Law Judge as untimely filed. Neither the Charging Party nor the General Counsel filed an opposition to the Respondent's motion for reconsideration.
For the following reasons, we conclude that the Respondent has not established extraordinary circumstances warranting reconsideration of the Authority's Order dismissing the exceptions. Accordingly, we will deny the motion for reconsideration.
By Order dated January 15, 1992, the Authority dismissed the Respondent's exceptions to a decision of the Administrative Law Judge as untimely filed. In that Order, the Authority noted that to be timely the Respondent's exceptions had to have been filed on or before December 30, 1991. The Order stated that the exceptions were filed (postmarked) January 2, 1992. Therefore, pursuant to section 2423.29(a) of the Authority's Rules and Regulations, the Authority adopted, without precedential significance, the findings, conclusions, and recommendations in the decision and order of the Administrative Law Judge.
III. Motion for Reconsideration
The Respondent acknowledges that the Judge's decision informed the parties that exceptions had to filed by December 30, 1991, in order to be timely filed. The Respondent states that its exceptions were "presumed to have been mailed according to the certificate of service on December 27, 1991." Motion at 1. The Respondent contends, however, that due to the relocation of its office to another building during the winter holiday season, "multiple backlog[s] and delays" occurred in its internal mailing system. Id. at 2. The Respondent asserts, in this regard, that "[d]elays in getting mail in and out were common . . . ." Motion, Exhibit A at 1. The Respondent notes that "[a]ll mail is first routed through [its prior location] which still remains our official mailing address." Id. The Respondent claims that it only became aware of the "severe problems with pick-up and delivery of [its] mail" in the latter part of January 1992. Id. at 2.
IV. Analysis and Conclusions
Section 2429.17 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations permits a party that can establish the existence of "extraordinary circumstances" to request reconsideration of a final decision or order of the Authority. For the following reasons, we conclude that the Respondent has failed to establish such extraordinary circumstances in this case.
The Respondent acknowledges that its exceptions were due by Decmber 30, 1991, and does not challenge the finding that its exceptions were postmarke