United States, Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Farm Services Branch, St. Louis, Missouri (Agency) and American Federation of Government Employees, Local 3354 (Union)

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58 FLRA No. 115

UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
RURAL DEVELOPMENT
FARM SERVICES BRANCH
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
(Agency)

and

AMERICAN FEDERATION
OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
LOCAL 3354

(Union)

0-AR-3664

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DECISION

April 15, 2003

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Before the Authority: Dale Cabaniss, Chairman, and
Carol Waller Pope and Tony Armendariz, Members

      This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to an award of Arbitrator Robert H. Kubie filed by the Agency under § 7122(a) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and part 2425 of the Authority's Regulations. The Union did not file an opposition to the Agency's exceptions.

      Under § 7122(a) of the Statute, an award is deficient if it is contrary to any law, rule, or regulation; or it is deficient on other grounds similar to those applied by federal courts in private sec