Is it possible to narrow and resolve issues raised by a petition before a petition is filed?

Yes.  All parties affected by the representation issues that may be raised in a petition are encouraged to meet prior to the filing of a petition to discuss their interests and to narrow and resolve the issues.  If requested by all parties, a representative of the appropriate Regional Office will participate in these meetings.  For example, parties have requested that Regional Office staff meet with them to discuss representation issues that may arise as a result of a reorganization of the agency.  See Section 2422.13(a) of the Regulations.