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Statement of Agency Position on Petition for Review of Negotiability Issues For Use With Disapproved Provisions - FLRA FORM 209


Important Information:  This form is to be completed by the Agency in response to a Union's petition for review.  The purpose of the statement of position is to inform the Authority and the Union's representative why the Agency Head contends that specific contract language is illegal . Section 2424.24 of the Authority's Regulations requires the Agency in this statement of position to, among other things, set forth its understanding of each provision, state any disagreement with the facts, arguments or meaning of each provision set forth in the Union's petition for review and supply all argument and authorities in support of its position.

Unless the time limit for filing has been extended pursuant to section 2424.23 or part 2429 of the Authority's Regulations, the Agency must file the statement of position within thirty (30) calendar days after the date the head of the Agency receives a copy of the Union's petition for review.

The information requested below may be provided on this form or in a separately created document.  If you have questions about completing this form, please contact the Authority's Office of Case Intake and Publication at (202) 218-7740.

The regulations governing negotiability proceedings are in 5 C.F.R. part 2424 of the Authority's Regulations, and are available here.

Part I     Background Information

1.     Case Number and Case Caption

2.     Name and Address of Agency

3.     Agency Head or Agency Head Representative contact information



Address (if different from Question 2):

Phone:                          Fax:

4.     Do you agree with background information presented in the Union's answers to questions 1 through 8 in its Petition for Review?

  [  ] Yes      [  ] No

4a.     If No, explain and provide appropriate information in support of your explanation.

5.     Was a post-petition conference conducted in this case?

  [  ] Yes      [  ] No

5a.     If Yes, do you agree with the information contained in the report of the post-petition conference?

  [  ] Yes      [  ] No

5b.     If No, explain and provide appropriate information in support of your explanation.

Part II     The Agency's Position

6.     Does the Agency wish to withdraw any allegation of illegality of any provision, in whole or part?

  [  ] Yes      [  ] No       Date Withdrawn                     

6b.     If Yes, identify each relevant provision.


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For each remaining provision, answer questions 7 through 10.  Provide separate answers for each provision.


7.     If the Agency's position is different from the Union's position in its petition for review on any of the following, explain, with support, the Agency's position:

7a.     The meaning attributed to the provision, including the Union's explanation of the meaning, terms of art, acronyms, technical language or any other aspect of the language of the provision which is not in common usage.

7b.     How the provision would work and what impact it will have, including the Agency's basis for disagreeing with the Union's explanation.

Part III     Legal Arguments

Set forth the Agency Head's position on any matters relevant to the petition that it wishes the Authority to consider in reaching its decision, including a statement of the arguments and authorities supporting any bargaining obligation or legality claims made by the Union in the petition for review.

The Agency is responsible for raising and supporting arguments that each provision is illegal. Where the Union has asserted that severance is appropriate, the Agency, if it objects to that assertion, is also responsible for raising and supporting arguments why severance is not appropriate.  Failure to raise and support an argument will, where appropriate, be deemed a waiver of such argument.  Failure to respond to an argument or assertion raised by the other party will, where appropriate, be deemed a concession to such argument or assertion. Failure to participate in a post-petition conference under section 2424.23 of the Authority's Regulations, a direction or proceeding under section 2424.31 or otherwise failure to provide timely or responsive information pursuant to an Authority Order may result in granting the petition for review and recission of an agency head disapproval under 5 U.S.C. 7114(c).  5 C.F.R. § 2424.32.


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In setting forth your arguments, answer questions 8 through 10.  Provide legal arguments addressing each question that you answer "Yes."  Provide separate answers for each provision.

For each argument, cite any law, rule, regulation, section of a collective-bargaining agreement, or other authority relied on in your argument or referenced in the provision. Attach to this petition a copy of all such material, except you do not have to provide a copy of federal statutes, government-wide regulations, or judicial and administrative decisions.

For each argument, cite any law, rule, regulation, section of a collective-bargaining agreement, or other authority relied on in your argument or referenced in the provision. Attach to this petition a copy of all such material, except you do not have to provide a copy of federal statutes, government-wide regulations, or judicial and administrative decisions.

If your entire statement is more than 10 pages long, you must include a table of contents.

Are copies of material attached?

  [  ] Yes      [  ] No

If Yes, the materials attached:


8.     Does the Agency assert that the provision is contrary to any of the following:

8a.     A law, rule, government-wide regulation, or Agency regulation?

  [  ] Yes      [  ] No

If Yes, identify the law, rule or regulation, with appropriate citation, and explain why the provision is contrary to that law, rule or regulation.

8b.     If the Agency asserts that the provision is inconsistent with an Agency regulation, is there a compelling need for the regulation pursuant to section 2424.11 of the Authority's Regulations? Explain why.

8c.     A management right set out in 5 U.S.C. § 7106(a)?

  [  ] Yes      [  ] No

If Yes, identify the management right and explain why the provision is contrary to that right.

9.     If the Union has claimed that the provision is one of the following and you disagree, explain why you disagree:

9a.     A permissive subject of bargaining under 5 U.S.C. § 7106(b)(1).

9b.     A procedure under 5 U.S.C. § 7106(b)(2).

9c.     An appropriate arrangement under 5 U.S.C. § 7106(b)(3).

10.     Are there any other grounds on which the Agency Head asserts the provision is illegal?

  [  ] Yes      [  ] No

10a.     If Yes, identify the ground and explain why.

Part IV     Severance

Severing a provision into separate parts makes each part the subject of a separate determination regarding its legality.  Severance requires that each part has independent meaning, and should be sought only where you have an interest in determining whether any of the separate parts is legal even if the other part is not.

11.     If the Union has requested severance in the petition for review, does the Agency oppose the request?

  [  ] Yes      [  ] No     [  ] Not Requested

12.     If Yes, explain, with specificity why severance is not appropriate.

Part V     Hearing

13.     Do you believe that a hearing or other fact-finding procedure is necessary to resolve any issues presented in this case?

  [  ] Yes      [  ] No

13a.     If Yes, explain what those issue are and why they require a hearing.

Part VI     Checklist with Statement of Service and Signature

All documents filed with the Authority must comply with the requirements set forth in part 2429 of the Authority's Regulations.

A complete copy (including all attachments) of a statement of position must:

  • Be served by certified mail, first-class mail, commercial delivery, in person, or email (but only when the receiving party has agreed to be served by email) on the Principal Union Bargaining Representative  (5 C.F.R. §§ 2424.2(g) & 2429.27(b))
  • Contain a signed and dated statement of service with names and addresses of parties served, date of service, nature of document served, and whether by certified mail or personal delivery. (See below)  (5 C.F.R. § 2429.27(c))
  • Contain an original and 4 complete and legible copies of all documents  (5 C.F.R. § 2429.25)
  • Be addressed to:
Case Intake and Publication
Federal Labor Relations Authority
Docket Room, Suite 201
1400 K Street, NW.
Washington, D.C. 20424-0001

Statement / Certificate of Service to be used by Agency filing a Statement of Position on petition for review of negotiability issues.


I certify that a complete copy of the Agency's statement of position, including all attachments, in the case of the [UNION and AGENCY], case number                     , were filed with the Office of Case Intake and Publication, Federal Labor Relations Authority, Washington, D.C., and were sent this day to:

Union Representative
(Title and Mailing Address)
(The Principal Bargaining Representative is the
individual who signed the petition for review.)


Indicate near each name the Method of Service


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Date                                                     Name of filing party

Signature of Agency's Head or Agency Head Designee