File 2: Opinion of Chairman Cabaniss

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Dissenting Opinion of Chairman Cabaniss:

      I dissent from my colleagues as to only one point. Consistent with Prong II of the test established by United States Dep't of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Wash., D.C., 53 FLRA 146 (1997), I would find that the Arbitrator's raising of the grievant's two appraisal factors to a score of eight, based upon the Arbitrator's "opinion" that the grievant would have received "at least a score of [eight]" if the appraisal had been just (after having also found that the grievant failed to receive a "justified [a]ppraisal"), adequately reflects what a reconstruction of the grievant's rating would have been if the Agency had properly appraised the grievant. [n*]  In reaching that conclusion, I note the distinction between one arbitrator who says, "I find the contract violated and therefore I award the following higher rating," and another arbitrator who says, "I find the contract violated and, had it not been violated, the grievant would have received the following higher rating."

      Contrary to the majority, I find no requirement established by United States Dep't of Defense, Ogden Air Logistics Ctr., Hill AFB, Utah (Hill AFB), 54 FLRA 487, 492-93 (1998), that an arbitrator must point to specific evidence that supports a raised rating. Rather, Hill AFB seems to require only that an arbitrator must be "able to determine